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1st Pattern Luftwaffe Signals EM's Flight Blouse


1st Pattern Luftwaffe Signals EM's Flight Blouse (Fliegerbluse) as intended for a 'Soldat der Nachrichten'. The Luftwaffe flight blouse was originally introduced in early 1935 and was based on the Fliegerbluse worn earlier by the DLV (Deutscher Luftsport Verband). The flight blouse remained in service through-out the war with minor modifications. This is a rare first pattern flight blouse without external hip pockets and without bandage pocket on the inside. The blue/grey wool construction flight blouse features a vertical French fly style, front closure with four buttons on the right front panel and the corresponding, hidden button holes on the left front panel. The blouse has a single metal hook and eye at the neck for a secure closure. First pattern flight blouses were originally issued without breast eagle, this one never had one applied and is totally correct according to the first pattern specifications. The collar has a pair of re-applied orange-brown wool collar tabs, both having three rank 'gulls' attached indicating an 'Obergefreiter' within a Signals unit, an 'Obergefreiter' rank patch is sewn to the wearer's left sleeve. The tunic comes together with a nice pair of Signals EM's shoulder-straps of the sew-in type, the shoulder straps look period applied. The interior of the flight blouse is partially lined in light grey cotton, there are two internal pockets. There are size markings (chest size 96 cms) and the tunic is nicely maker marked by the company 'Rudolfph, Hubert & Cie' from Berlin and dated 1937. There are various unit markings from a 'Fliegerschule' and 'Luftnachrichtenschule'. The tunic is in good used and worn condition showing some staining and small (moth)damages, see photos. Rare original first pattern flight blouse good used and worn condition!

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