Waffen-SS M1944 Field Blouse (feldbluse)
The M1944 field blouse was a radical departure in appearance for the German soldier. The color was now olive brown or "1944 field gray" however, many continued to be made in the earlier bluish green shades of field gray or slate gray (see illustrations below). The four belt hooks were reduced to two, with one on each side, or even none at all. The jacket had two large unpleated breast pockets and closely resembled British battle dress. Like battle dress, this uniform was a design dictated by the need to economize in materials and production time. The importance of this can be seen when it is understood that the earlier uniform jackets (M36 - M43) required up to seventy pieces for assembly. This field blouse, and the trousers that came with it, were tested by several Army divisions including the elite Grossdeutschland in 1943. Everyone liked it (regardless of what is said in a famous novel about GD that is passed off as a "memoir") and thought it was a snappy design. The design was approved and adopted for all German ground forces, including the Waffen-SS, in July of 1944.
Uniform material manufactured at this time of the war was very poor, in some cases containing 90% artificial fibers, but stocks of earlier field gray continued to be utilized up to the final surrender. Ours is high quality field gray (at this time we do not produce the slate or olive shades) and comes with the Waffen-SS sleeve eagle in place. The low price makes it ideal for younger reenactors or the budget concious beginning collector of WW2 reproductions. Order Now. $165
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