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WW2 German Enlisted Uniform

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Here is my WW2 german infantry enlisted uniform, now when I got this, the litzen seemed to off putting, but they don't glow under the black light. And the Krim Shield looks legit, but what I found was that this was a repurposed tunic. Under the collar you can see the outline of rectangles and where the Krim Shield is located you can see the outline of a eagle, so its my guess that this was a Waffen SS tunic at some point. was stripped and put back together. It came with a bandage and hooks for the internal suspenders (which it does not have). It came with a pair of straight leg trousers that match in color and fabric ( only bad sign is some minor moth tracking). The tunic was missing one button, which I replaced. I know it was common back then to reuse uniforms, helmets, field gear, etc by all armies. But I suspect this was done by a collector. Overall very nice looking set. 

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A nice set, lucky to get anything nowadays. Rank here is Unterfeldwebel.
At the very latest at the end of the war, all uniforms were stripped of insignia by the Allies. Of course, some uniforms have survived with original insignia, but they are the exception, so many uniforms encountered nowadays have been rebadged in the postwar years by collectors, film studios, etc.
I would say, the collar patches have been badly fitted. The collar braid matches the braid on the shoulder pieces, one good sign. The breast eagle was always the first thing that was removed, so this could be re-fitted. Usually these were factory machine-stitched to the uniform. As the tunic has no SS markings internally, it would not have been from the SS, as these were always SS marked, or as later, SS manufactured. The Krimschild looks as though it has been re-applied. Otherwise a very reasonable tunic and trousers.

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Earlier collar patches were mounted on a darkgreen or resedagrün background, if you magnify the picture you can see the style of stitching, machine-stitched to the sides, the ends are hand-finished. This was discontinued mid-war and the collar patches were stitched straight onto the collar, but with the same pattern of stitching.

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Some comments on how collar patches should be mounted, see above.

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Nice! I did find a pair of authentic collar tabs with the bottle green background, so I can swap them out on the uniform. 

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Later uniforms did not have the collar patches with backing (normally), they were sewn straight onto the collar, but same pattern of stitching as before, and these were usually the last type of all grey patches shown in photo above, although these also have a dark green backcloth, which is an exception. Important is also how the patches are mounted, the angle and distance from the edges, also with special consideration in the case of n.c.o. braid.

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M.44 tunic - note how patches are mounted here, the M.44 collar was considerably larger, so this does not apply to the early collars in respect to placement, these are also the last mousegrey pattern. There is also the triangular M.44 eagle fitted. All original applied, no shoulder straps were on the tunic, presumably unworn, mint.

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Here an early type M.36 with n.c.o. braid, all original applied.

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