M43 Combat Gefreiter Tunic
A well used but very displayable M43 Felbluse to an Obergefreiter in the Artillery.
The Tunic shows all the signs of extended wear, quite possibly as a POW. The mixed wool and Rayon cloth has overall surface wear to the nap giving it that typical rather coarse feel to the touch. Although there are no moth holes there is an L shaped stitched repair to the lower right pocket measuring approximately 20mm x 15mm.
The style of the M43 incorporates a sixth closure button to help maintain the shape and on this example there is a machine stitched repair to the button opening, apparently pulling the button itself through and tearing the cloth. Fortunately the repair to the real damage is on the inside and not visible when the Tunic is closed. With the exception of one of the four sleeve adjusting buttons all the zincated iron and the paste buttons remain. The collar shows wear in the area of the hook and eye closure arrangement.
On the right breast the BeVo weave eagle is correct but has been reapplied. Both collar patches are originally applied as is the later style double chevron of an Obergefreiter. Both artillery shoulder straps are in good condition and the unpleated left breast pocket has loops for three awards .
The Tunic is lined with an artificial silk which has some repairs including the dressings pocket and still shows good clear marking with an Rb.Nr.
This tunic is ideally suited for a mannequin combat display.