DAS REICH AND WAFFEN SS UNIFORMS



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SS-Hauptsturmführer of Engineers

The tunic is tailor made in Karlsrühe; gray-green wool; French cuffs; open collar style; four pleated patch pockets with scalloped flaps; two interior pockets with zippers; original owner's initials on small tag; all buttons are SS-RZM marked. Insignia includes pair of silver twist cord piped collar tabs: hand-embroidered runic tab and standard rank tab with three diagonal metal pips and two silver stripes; silver bullion sleeve eagle; RZM-style PRINZ EUGEN cuffband; SS style edelweiß sleeve patch indicating alpine troops; silver Old Campaigner Chevron (member of the Nazi Party prior to 30 January 2022); sewn in shoulder boards with black underlay, black branch color and twin metal pips; and a War Merit Cross 2nd Class ribbon in the second buttonhole. Badges include the General Assault Badge and the Anti-Partisan Warfare Badge in Silver. Standard black leather belt with SS Officer's aluminum buckle. Hat is tailor-made gray-green wool M1943 styled cap with two button front and officer's aluminum piping. Insignia is a woven eagle and skull cut out and sewn onto a matching gray-green wool trapazoid with a firm backing. On the side is the SS edelweiß patch for mountain troops.


SS-Sturmann of Infantry

M1944-styled tunic manufactured of late-war quality gray-green wool and four unpleated patch pockets. Interior marking indicate the tunic was manufactured at Dachau Concentration Camp. Insignia consists of a pair of late war collar tabs: the runic tab is woven and the rank tab with a single silver litze; wool embroidered sleeve eagle; rank chevron (shiny style chevron on a black wool triangle); woven style ADOLF HITLER cuffband; slip on shoulder straps with white piping (infantry) and slip on loops with embroidered LAH monogram. Standard black leather belt and aluminum enlisted buckle. Standard black leather Y-straps and K-98 ammunition pouches. Hat is gray-green wool M1943 styled cap with two button front and woven insignia on green trapazoid shaped backing.


SS-Untersturmführer of Infantry

Tailor-made gray-green wool tunic; dark-green wool collar; four patch pockets with pleats; false french cuffs; army style with army dagger hanger. Insignia includes pair of silver twist cord piped collar tabs: silver bullion runic and standard rank tab with three diagonal metal pips; woven-style sleeve eagle; RZM-styled WIKING cuffband; sewn in shoulder boards with black underlay and white branch color; silver tank destruction badge over an Old Campaigner Chevron with black backing. Badges include the Close Combat Clasp in Silver over the ribbon bar, Iron Cross First Class, Infantry Assault Badge, Wound Badge in Silver and the SA Sports Badge in Bronze. Standard black leather belt with SS Officer's aluminum buckle. Hat is standard SS Officer's Service Cap with white piping, black felt band, black leather visor, silver bullion chin cord attached with two silver metal pebbled buttons, and standard aluminum eagle and skull insignia.


SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS

Padded gray material with dark-green wool collar, french cuffs, four patch pockets with pleats and scalloped flaps, and dark-gray pebbled buttons. Insignia includes pair of silver twist cord piped collar tabs: three bullion oakleaves on black velvet backing and screw backs; silver bullion sleeve eagle; sewn in cello-type shoulder boards with intertwined gold and silver cords on a light-gray underlay. Badges include the Iron Cross First Class, Panzer Assault Badge for 50 days of continuous tank engagements, DRL Badge in Silver, and a Hitlerjugend Leadership Badge in Gold. Standard black leather belt with SS Officer's aluminum buckle. Cap is a tailor-made gray-green wool M1943 styled cap with two button front, officer's aluminum piping, aluminum woven skull on the front and aluminum woven eagle on the side.


SS-Sturmbannführer of Panzer Grenadiers

Field style; four patch pockets with pleats; dark green wool collar; slip on shoulder boards with grass green piping and gilt metal "DF" ciphers; aluminum flat wire sleeve eagle; aluminum flat wire DER FÜHRER cuffband in gothic; silver twist cord piped collar tabs: hand-embroidered enlisted-style runes tab and rank tab with four metal pips. Badges include a Close Combat Clasp in Silver under the ribbon bar, Iron Cross First Class, Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze and Wound Badge in Silver. Standard Army officer's brown leather belt with claw buckle. Hat is a gray-green gabardine M1943 styled cap with single button front, officer's aluminum piping and two piece insignia on front.


SS-Obersturmführer of Infantry

Tailor-made in Reutlingen; fine quality gray-green wool; dark-green wool collar; French cuffs; and four pleated patch pockets with scalloped flaps. Insignia includes silver twist cord collar tabs: runic tab is type worn by officer candidates and standard rank tab with three diagonal metal pips and single silver stripe; silver bullion sleeve eagle; woven HOHENSTAUFEN cuffband; Old Campaigner Chevron (member of the Nazi Party prior to 30 January 2022); sewn in shoulder boards with black underlay, white branch piping, and single gilt metal pip; War Merit Cross 2nd Class in the second buttonhole. Badges include the Iron Cross First Class and Infantry Assault Badge. Standard black leather belt with SS officer's aluminum buckle. Standard SS officer's service cap with gray-green cover with white piping, black felt band, black leather visor, silver bullion chin cord fastened with two silver metal buttons, and aluminum eagle and skull insignia.


SS-Sturmbannführer of Wirtschaften

Brownish wool; twin upper patch pockets with pleats; twin lower slash pockets; French cuffs; dark green wool collar; sewn in parade-style shoulder boards with light blue piping; wool embroidered sleeve eagle; BeVo HOHENSTAUFEN cuffband; silver twist cord piped collar tabs: silver bullion runes tab on black double-knit backing and rank tab with four metal pips on black double-knit backing; War Merit Cross 2nd Class ribbon. The badge on the pocket is the War Merit Cross with Swords 1st Class. This tunic belonged to SS-Sturmbannführer Helmut Thöle, Commanding Officer, 9th Wirtschafts Battalion. Standard black leather belt with SS officer's aluminum buckle. Standard SS officer's service cap with gray-green cover with white piping, black felt band, black leather visor, silver bullion chin cord fastened with two silver metal buttons, and aluminum eagle and skull insignia.


SS-Obersturmführer of Engineers

Weathered herring bone twill (HBT) material; French cuffs; open collar style; silver twist cord piped dark-green wool collar; twin upper pleated patch pockets; twin lower slash pockets; dagger hanger; buttons fastened with metal rings; pair of matching short pants. Insignia includes pair of silver twist cord piped collar tabs: silver bullion runic tab with numeral "1"; standard rank tab with three diagonal metal pips and single silver stripe; wool embroidered sleeve eagle; aluminum flat wire DEUTSCHLAND cuffband in gothic script; sewn in army engineer shoulder boards with gilt metal "D" ciphers in gothic script (the original owner painted them black to match his branch color but the paint has worn over the years). Badges include the Iron Cross First Class, Anti-Partisan Warfare Badge in Silver, General Assault Badge and Wound Badge in Silver. Standard black leather belt with SS officer's aluminum buckle. Rare tailor-made (Clements Wagner) SS Engineer Officer's Service cap with gray-green cover with black piping, black felt band, black leather visor, silver bullion chin strap fastened with two silver metal buttons, and aluminum eagle and skull insignia.


SS-Hauptsturmführer of Aufklärungs Assault Gunner

The tunic is a gray-green wraparound in the SS style (collar is smaller with rounded tips and the wrap does not extend as far as the army version). The insignia consists of a pair of standard officer collar tabs piped in silver twist cord: silver bullion runic tab and the rank tab with three diagonal metal pips and two silver stripes; embroidered wool sleeve eagle; RZM-style DAS REICH cuffband; slip on SS shoulder boards with black underlay, golden yellow piping, twin gilt pips and a gilt "A" ciphers. Badges include the Iron Cross First Class and the General Assault Badge. Standard Army officer’s brown leather belt with claw buckle. Hat is a gray-green gabardine M1943 styled cap with single button front, officer’s aluminum piping and two piece insignia on front. Headphones and throat microphones are original panzer communications equipment.


Waffen-SS Camouflaged Panzer Uniform

The uniform is manufactured using a herring bone twill (HBT) material fashioned into the same style as the black panzer uniform. The material is printed in an early Oak Leaf Type A camouflage pattern on both sides. The Autumn colors are on the exterior and the Spring colors are on the interior; the tunic and trousers are not reversible. The interior is stenciled with a lot number and sizes which correspond to the factory paperwork stenciled with the same numbers. This uniform was never issued and still retains some of the original sizing used to make the material stiffer for easier cutting and sewing. The hat is a Waffen-SS Second Model Camouflaged M1943-styled Cap. This cap is constructed of a waterproof cotton duck material with an early plain tree camouflaged pattern printed on each side; Spring on the outside and Autumn on the inside. The cap is being worn with the reverse side out and has factory machine-sewn insignia on each side. The autumn side has a bronze colored skull and eagle on a block cut black backing to expedite production. The headphones and throat microphone are original panzer communications equipment. Around the waist is a black leather belt and aluminum enlisted SS buckle.


SS-Hauptsturmführer of Panzerjager

Police-green tunic; French cuffs; twin upper pleated patch pockets and twin lower slash pockets. Insignia includes SS and police: collar tabs are police officer embroidered tabs; aluminum flat wire SS sleeve eagle; aluminum woven SS-POLIZEI DIVISION cuffband (sewn above the French cuff); slip on SS shoulder boards with black underlay, pink branch piping, twin gilt metal pips and gilt metal "P" cipher for Panzerjger; and loops for a short ribbon bar. The badges consist of an Iron Cross 1st Class, General Assault Badge and Wound Badge in Silver. The hat is a police officer's overseas cap made of gray-green wool and in the Army-style with aluminum piping around the top and along the scalloped front. The insignia is aluminum woven police eagle and wreath on a black backing. Around the waist is a black leather belt and police officer's aluminum buckle.


SS-Sturmmann of Feldgendarmerie

M1944-styled tunic manufactured of gray-green wool with open collar styling and four large patch pockets. Interior markings include "Betr. Ra." indicating the tunic was manufactured at Ravensbrck Concentration Camp. Insignia includes a pair of enlisted collar tabs: the embroidered skull tab which was a hallmark of the TOTENKOPF Division, and the standard rank tab with a single silver litze; embroidered sleeve eagle; rank chevron (subdued style chevron on a black wool triangle); SS-FELDGENDARMERIE cuffband; and slip on style shoulder straps with orange piping (branch color for military police). The hat is a standard gray-green wool M1943-styled cap with twin metal buttons and woven insignia on a green trapezoid backing. The field equipment consists of a pair of black leather Y-straps, black leather belt and steel SS enlisted buckle, MP-40 ammunition pouch, an Army Feldgendarmerie gorget, a traffic stick with wooden handle, and an MP-40 submachine gun.


SS-Obersturmführer of Infantry

Reed-green light-weight HBT tunic with french cuffs, tailored dark-green wool collar, false upper pockets with scalloped flaps, and twin slash lower pockets with scalloped flaps. Insignia consists of tailored sewn in shoulder boards with subdued silver-gray cord tops, white piping, single gilt metal pip, and black underlay; machine-woven sleeve eagle; silver twist cord collar tabs with silver bullion skull and crossbones and three metal pips and silver litze on black felt backing. The hat is a Waffen-SS Second Model Camouflaged M1943-styled Cap. This cap is constructed of a waterproof cotton duck material with an early plain tree camouflaged pattern printed on each side; Spring on the outside and Autumn on the inside. The cap is being worn with the obverse side out and has factory machine-sewn insignia on each side. The Spring side has a bright green colored skull and eagle on a block cut black backing to expedite production. Around the waist is a black leather belt with an SS officer's aluminum buckle.


SS-Hauptsturmführer of Infantry

Gray-green wool tunic; dark-green wool collar; single wire collar hook; and four pleated patch pockets with slightly scalloped flaps. Insignia includes pair of silver twist cord piped collar tabs: hand-embroidered silver bullion skull tab and standard rank tab with three diagonal metal pips and two silver strips; woven-style sleeve eagle; aluminum flat wire skull cuffband; sewn in shoulder boards with black underlay, white branch color and twin metal pips; and an Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon in the second buttonhole. The badges include an Iron Cross 1st Class and an Infantry Assault Badge. The hat is an SS officer's gray-green wool overseas cap with aluminum piping, aluminum woven eagle and skull, and white soutasche denoting infantry.


SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS

Tunic is tailor-made (by Wilhelm Holters in Berlin, the premiere tailor of the Third Reich) gray-green wool with twin upper pleated patch pockets, twin lower slash pockets, french cuffs piped in light-gray, light-gray piping down the front, 6-gray painted metal buttons, and dark-green wool collar. Insignia includes sewn in general shoulder boards with intertwined gold and silver cords on a light-gray underlay and two metal pips; silver bullion sleeve eagle; silver twist cord piped collar tabs with post 1942-styled general's insignia consisting of three silver bullion oakleaves and two pips on a black velvet backing; and loops for a ribbon bar. The badges consist of a German Cross in Gold, Iron Cross 1st Class, Infantry Assault Badge, Wound Badge in Silver, Horseman's Proficiency Badge, and a DRL Badge in Silver (covered by coat). The hat is a tailor-made (in Vienna) SS general officer's service cap with a high-quality gray-green doeskin cover and black velvet band piped in aluminum cord, black leather visor, aluminum eagle and high-silver content skull insignia. Around the waist is a black leather belt with an SS officer's aluminum buckle. Over the shoulders is a tailor-made (in Dresden) gray leather overcoat with snap in lining, double row of metal buttons and slip on SS general's shoulder boards.


SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS

The tunic is tailor-made in Berlin from high-quality gray-green wool and piped down the front with light-gray piping; dark-green wool collar; French cuffs; twin upper pleated patch pockets; twin lower slash pockets; and SS dagger hanger. The insignia includes: silver twist cord piped collar tabs: silver bullion tri-oakleaves with single pip on black felt backing; sewn in shoulder boards with silver and gold intertwined cords on light-gray underlay; silver bullion sleeve eagle; and a War Merit Cross 2nd Class ribbon in the second buttonhole. The badges consist of a War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords and a DRL Badge in Silver. The hat is a tailor-made SS officer's overseas cap with white piping, aluminum woven eagle, silver bullion skull (which is a cut out Totenkopf collar tab), and named to an officer in the Race and Resettlement Main Office.




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