Phenomenally Rare ,Dirlewanger’ Brigade SS-Ustuf. Tunic

SKU: Uajb37


This is one of those incredibly rare and correct pieces that just makes you shake when you hold it in hand. I never thought I would see such a fine piece, all correct and complete, from such a notorious and short-lived SS unit. The back story is where it comes together: the jacket was found as is, in the 1970s, in the famous ‘Rag Dump’ in Italy. The collector, a local, kept it in Europe for decades before letting go of it to an advanced American collector.  The tunic itself is a typical Heer pattern M42 jacket, German wool, with added pleated pockets, shortened hem and other features common to the SS wearers of these. There is no sign of a cufftitle. The later pattern flatwire eagle is hand applied, untouched, thread faded to purple. The eagle shows some wear. The tabs are beautiful– period machine-applied, officer piping upgraded, enlisted pattern (the only pattern ever produced by the way) ,Dirlewanger’ rifles and grenade tab; and matching rank tab, with three late style pips for SS-Untersturmfuhrer. The red piped artillery Ustuf. boards are very well period installed, and have not been touched or restored. The farb on the right board has a moth nip exposing the cardboard unterlagen. Simply a stunning outfit, with moderate wear and limited damage. This tunic would be a capstone piece for the advanced collection. We all know the reputation of Oskar Dirlewanger and his brigade. COA accompanies purchase.