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M43 'Plain Jane' late-war tunic (H44) for review
Old 11-23-2019, 09:15 PM   #1
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Default M43 'Plain Jane' late-war tunic (H44) for review

Hi, I have this new addition to the collection to show, a 'Plain Jane' M43 tunic with Hannover Depot 1944 (H44) stamps. When I first moved/ expanded from Luftwaffe to Heer uniforms some time ago it was my intention only to have a Heer M43 'example', exactly like this. Six Heer tunics later...

The tunic had a couple of minor issues when I bought it, a small ink mark at the front (now gone to all intents and purposes thanks to Surgical Spirit and careful dabbing etc). It had also had all of it's front buttons replaced post-war with non-matching buttons which was not a great look. The shoulder and pocket buttons appeared to be the wartime originally applied 'Einheitsfarbe' blue type. I replaced the non-matching (light feldgrau) buttons with matching blue buttons courtesy of the ever reliable German E-Bay! It's odd that all the front buttons had been removed at some point, it's possible that the tunic front buttons were used 'for spares' for other 'more desirable' tunics in someone's collection at some point. It sounds crazy now, but I'm old enough to remember when these things were not so valued and changed hands for around £30 in the 1970's. Even taking inflation into account they were a lot cheaper in real terms!

With these minor (IMHO) issues dealt with I think I am left with a good set of positives, i.e originally applied insignia, good clear stamps throughout, the late-war ersatz green (Italian cloth) wool that I don't currently have among my Heer tunics making a nice change, and a tunic in my preferred condition, light wear without damage, and no mothing.

Note that like a lot of 1944 dated tunics (and sometimes earlier), the eagle is sewn through the lining. Also, the collar is lined with the same rayon that the jacket is lined with, and is sewn with the less common horizontal lines. An example of this method is also shown in Borg & Huart's book "Feldbluse". The black painted wooden buttons on the cuff etc are also interesting and not something I've seen before, perhaps a late-war expedient due to supply issues?

I will show the vendor pictures first (i.e still with the replaced buttons and ink mark), followed by some of my own. Thanks to the Virtual Grenadier for excellent service as usual !

Link to the Virtual Grenadier:- https://virtualgrenadier.com/sale_item.php?iid=5435

The text with further details in case the above link disappears over time:-

"Service used late issue M43 service blouse for a Heer EM, constructed of rough textured grey green ersatz wool, lined in light grey colored rayon, with chest size 92 and other sizes stamped in black ink, depot H44, RBNr stamp in black ink to bandage pocket, having four patch pockets, adjustable cuffs and black painted steel hook and eye at the throat, blouse has factory zig zag machine applied woven national emblem sewn through the lining, the subdued litzen collar patches are factory machine straight stitched, the collar's under surfaces are covered in grey rayon, the collar liner, cuff and bandage pocket buttons are of black painted wood, one cuff button and two collar liner buttons are absent, each pocket and the shoulder strap positions have blue painted steel pebbled buttons that match and are originally stitched, setup for wear with slip on shoulder straps and the fabric underneath where they were worn is fresher, the front closure buttons are the field grey painted pebbled steel type and may be modern replacements, this example was actually worn and exhibits minor wear and staining, there are no holes, tears or repairs, the lower center front skirt is faintly marked in black with the letters HI."

(After an enquiry and another look, Mr Davis confirmed that the front closure buttons were definitely replacements. When I received the blouse it was indeed quite apparent that other buttons had been in place originally, whereas the shoulder and pocket buttons were originally applied.)

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A picture of the ink mark before and after cleaning (white spirit followed by surgical spirit and then a water rinse to eliminate any residue - using paper towels and several hours to thoroughly dry out).

The mark is still there, but now so faint it is difficult to see - good enough for me!

Also a closer picture of one of the wooden buttons.
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Old 11-23-2019, 09:51 PM   #7
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Some of my own pictures.

The tunic came without shoulder straps so I have added a pair of 'M44' enlisted man artillery straps, for now...

(The tunic now has some better matching original blue buttons, and also some original belt hooks, courtesy of German E-Bay, a good source for smaller items like this.)

Some more pictures of the shoulder straps here:-

http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...d.php?t=595038

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Old 11-23-2019, 10:12 PM   #8
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Some closer pictures of the collar tabs / litzen.
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Old 11-23-2019, 10:14 PM   #9
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Some closer pictures of the eagle from the front.
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Some closer pictures of the eagle from inside the tunic.

The subject of eagles sewn through the lining has been discussed before:-

http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...t=eagle+lining

Here is another example from my collection, dated earlier - 1943:-

http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...d.php?t=878058

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Old 11-23-2019, 10:28 PM   #11
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A Plain Jane M43 tunic wouldn't really be complete without a Plain Jane M42 helmet!

Some more pictures of the helmet here:-

http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...d.php?t=851337

Some more pictures of the buckle here:-

http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...d.php?t=893262

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Old 11-23-2019, 10:36 PM   #12
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The 'trail' leading to this tunic....

Also, no need to stay Artillery forever!

Hope you've enjoyed the pictures.

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Old 11-24-2019, 12:49 AM   #13
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Top tunic, as good as it gets. J
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Old 11-24-2019, 01:10 AM   #14
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Top tunic, as good as it gets. J
Thank-you Jacques!

Always wanted a plain EM M43 as sometimes 'less is more' !
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