WW2 German Infantry Oberleutnant Tunic & Belt
This has only just come direct from the original family now living in Italy
13th Infantry Regiment Oberleutnant tunic complete with parade belt and aguilette.
The owner was wounded in France in 1941 then again later in Italy receiving silver and gold wound badges.
The belt is in near perfect condition
This set has been together for over 80 years and is showing some signs of ageing with inner tears and moth nips.
Please see photos for condition
The tunic is fabricated from a fine Army green wool, while the contrasting collar is in forest green wool. The shoulders are adorned with First Lieutenant's (Oberleutnant) shoulder boards, each board incorporating with four rows of gray threading interlaced with fine silvered aluminum wire, wrapped around white cord, in a chevron formation, with a loop creating a button hole for uniform attachment at the neck end, silvered and gilt numerals forming the number "13" affixed to the upper, each board with a gilt pip designating the rank of Oberleutant, on a white wool base, the loops at the shoulder end housing a non-magnetic Army green finished zinc button with a pebbled upper, each board secured in place via white wool straps. Both sides of the collar at the opening have Infantry Officer's collar tabs in gray threading interlaced with fine silvered aluminum wire, with the two centre portions in toned silvered copper bullion wire, on a forest green wool base. There is a dual hook and eye at the opening of the collar, ensuring a snug fit at the neck line, in addition to a white cotton strip acting as a protective neck guard held in place by three folding clasps in the collar. There are four pockets on the front, one on each breast and larger ones at the waist on both sides, each designed with a decorative pleat and non-magnetic Army green finished zinc buttons, each of the buttons with pebbled uppers and maker marked "R.D." on the reverse.
The right breast above the pocket is enriched with a Army eagle insignia, in silvered bullion wire in various textures, interlaced with black threading giving definition to the wings, on a forest green wool base.
There is a ribbon bar above the left breast pocket, the ribbons representing the Iron Cross 2nd Class 1939, the War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords (with crossed bronze swords clasp) and the East Medal.
The front has a vertical row of seven non-magnetic Army green finished zinc buttons with pebbled uppers sewn in place on the right side, also maker marked "R.D.", the eighth button at the bottom having been lost to time, facing an equal number of reinforced button holes on the left side. Protruding from the second button hole from the top are ribbons of the Iron Cross 2nd Class and the East Medal, the ends of the ribbons sewn in place on the underside of the opening. The sleeves have French cuffs, the left sleeve held in place via stitching, while the stitching on the right sleeve has come away, the rear of the tunic single-vented. The inside is lined in Army green rayon, with a black rayon loop in each armpit at the seam where the Army green rayon interior lining meets the sleeve lining, the sleeves lined in white rayon in a stripped pattern.