The Uniform of Wehrmacht Generalmajor Josef Gerstmann
The Uniform of Wehrmacht Generalmajor Josef Gerstmann - The tunic is fabricated from green wool and is trimmed with forest green wool on the collar and the simulated French cuffs, with red piping. It is adorned with gold braid and silver bullion wire shoulder boards, each with a silvered gilt pip attached, with red wool bases, held in place by gold gilt pebbled buttons. The collar tabs are in gold bullion wire with red wool bases and machine sewn to the collars. There is a dual hook and eye closure on the collar, ensuring a snug fit at the neckline. The inside of the collar has three holes, one on either side and one at the back, where clips once resided, used for the placement of a protective paper collar. The front is designed without pockets. The right breast exhibits an embroidered Wehrmacht eagle insignia, in gold-coloured bullion, interlaced with gold-coloured threading, that gives detail and definition to the wings and body of the eagle. The left breast has eight vertical thread loops arranged horizontally where a long ribbon bar once resided. Immediately below are two rows of horizontal thread loops, two to the left and six to the right arranged vertically, originally housing additional awards. The front is completed by a vertical row of eight gold gilt pebbled buttons on the right side, facing an equal number of reinforced button holes on the left, each button maker marked "HAITBAR BESONDER" on the reverse, trimmed in red piping on both open sides of the tunic. The rear of the tunic has a single vented tail skirt, with elongated straps on either side of the opening, again trimmed in red piping with three gold gilt buttons each. The cuffs each have two gold bullion General's insignias fronted by gold gilt pebbled buttons attached, with red wool bases. The inside is lined in a green rayon, with one large pocket on the left breast. There is a green rayon belt sewn in place at the waist on both sides, with polished, magnetic hardware, the right side buckle with a clip and the left side buckle with the receiving slot, allowing for a snug fit at the waistline. The sleeves are lined in white cotton with vertical stripes, with thin rayon loops sewn in place in each armpit. All the buttons appear to have their original stitching. The tunic has no visible size or manufacturer's markings and measures 400 mm across the shoulders and 680 mm in length overall. The accompanying jopper-style trousers are fabricated from a grayish coloured wool. They come with a four button fly and a hook and bar closure above at the waist, ensuring a snug fit, the lower button being a replacement. There are four buttons on the front at the waist, two on either side, the farthest one to the right being a replacement. It has four beige cotton-lined pockets, one on each side at the front with a traditional hip-side entry, each with a reinforced buttonhole and button closure, one smaller pocket with a top entry overlaying the right pocket and one at the right rear, also with a reinforced buttonhole and button closure. Above the entry to the front right pocket is a ring sewn in place. There are grayish wool straps on either side at the hips with polished, steel blue magnetic slide adjusters. Both legs have three red wool stripes, two wide ones flanking a thin central one, running the full-length of the leg. Inside, there is a button at the left rear by the venting, the right side one having been lost to time but with the original threading remaining. Stitched to the underside of the right rear pocket is the owner's label, named to "Oberst J. Gertsmann" in black typeface. The trousers were issued to Gerrtsmann while he was a Colonel (Oberst), measuring 900 mm around the waist x 1,040 mm in length overall. The tunic exhibits scattered light mothing on the shoulders and sleeves, wear on the rayon lining and is lightly soiled in the armpits, while the trousers have the aforementioned replacement buttons and one missing button, along with a small stain on the inside cotton lining on the left hip and rust evident on the hook and bar closure at the waist. Both the tunic and trousers exhibit a nice texture in the fabric, quality workmanship and beautiful stitching. Near extremely fine. Footnote: Josef Gerstmann was born on July 22, 1886 in Dzieditz, Bielitz. He achieved the rank of Oberst (Colonel) on February 1, 1939 and later named a Generalmajor on April 1, 1944, assuming the rank on May 15, 1944. Gerstmann died on March 16, 1963 in Klagenfurt, at the age of 78.