An M36 NCO's Tropical Service Tunic with Afrika Cufftitle
An M36 NCO's Tropical Service Tunic with Afrika Service; Fabricated from beige cotton, the shoulders of this tunic are adorned with slip-on rank shoulder straps, the uppers of the straps in tan cotton, trimmed along the outer edge with a fine patterned 8.5 mm wide strip of silvered aluminum wire, the edges of the strap trimmed on three sides in forest green, indicative of the Infantry, held in place via a large silvered pebbled metal button at the neck end, affixed to the underlying tan cotton strap, with a silvered aluminum pip at the shoulder end. The collars are adorned with collar insignia in gray embroidery with forest green piping. The front has four pockets, one on each breast, sewn to the body of the tunic, which have decorative straps giving them a pleated-look with silvered pebbled metal buttons at the top. Each pocket has a foldover flap with reinforced button hole. Sewn in place above the right breast pocket is an embroidered light blue right-facing eagle insignia on a brown nylon base. The left breast pocket has two pairs of horizontal loops, one set on the pleat, the other set at the lower right corner of the pocket, each for the placement of an award. The lower pockets are wider and deeper, each lined in white cotton, with silvered pebbled metal buttons at the top and foldover flaps with reinforced button holes. The front is completed by a vertical row of four silvered pebbled metal buttons on the right side, the buttons maker marked "W.D." on their reverses, facing an equal number of reinforced button holes on the left, the top button hole with an Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon fed through it, with its ends sewn to the body of the tunic on the reverse. The right sleeve is a adorned with a brown cotton Afrika Korps cufftitle on the forearm, the edges and the insignia in light brown threading. The tunic measures 480 mm x 700 mm in length overall, exhibiting scattered soiling, worn.