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  • Germany, RAD. A Late Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) Officer’s Tunic
  • Germany, RAD. A Late Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) Officer’s Tunic
  • Germany, RAD. A Late Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) Officer’s Tunic
  • Germany, RAD. A Late Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) Officer’s Tunic
  • Germany, RAD. A Late Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) Officer’s Tunic
  • Germany, RAD. A Late Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) Officer’s Tunic
  • Germany, RAD. A Late Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) Officer’s Tunic
  • Germany, RAD. A Late Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) Officer’s Tunic
  • Germany, RAD. A Late Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) Officer’s Tunic
  • Germany, RAD. A Late Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) Officer’s Tunic
  • Germany, RAD. A Late Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) Officer’s Tunic
  • Germany, RAD. A Late Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) Officer’s Tunic
  • Germany, RAD. A Late Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) Officer’s Tunic
  • Germany, RAD. A Late Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) Officer’s Tunic

Item: G37795

Germany, RAD. A Late Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) Officer’s Tunic

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Germany, RAD. A Late Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) Officer’s Tunic

(Obertruppführer der Reichsarbeitsdienst Waffenrock). This is an extremely well preserved Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD) officer’s tunic constructed of field-grey wool with a rayon-blended partial interior liner. The collar, constructed of smooth forest green wool, is flanked on each side by collar tabs constructed of a machine-embroidered black base depicting a white sword bisected by a silver stripe, with a white stripe at its base in turn bisected by a black line, indicating a rank of Obertruppführer, measuring 72 mm (w) x 36.5 mm (h). The right arm bears a single machine-embroidered gold thread specialist patch indicating that this tunic was worn by a Motor Transport Specialist of the RAD, measuring 52 mm in diameter. The left arm displays a machine-embroidered black patch, measuring 81 mm (h) x 62 mm (w), bearing the RAD downward-pointing shovel insignia with the numbers “353-7”, indicating that this tunic was part of RAD Abteilung (Department) St. Pölten, within the administrative district of Wien-Niederdonau (Vienna-Lower Danube). Underneath is a NSDAP armband of multi-piece construction, featuring a red cotton-blended armband bearing a white cotton disc upon which sits a machine-embroidered black swastika. Both sleeve cuffs have a vertical slit with a reinforced buttonhole meeting two brown bakelite buttons, allowing for a customizable fit. The front of the tunic has four pockets opened by stylized flaps, each with a single reinforced vertical buttonhole meeting a pebbled zinc button, with each maker-marked “O.G.” on the reverse. The top left breast pocket has two vertically-aligned horizontal loops in silver threading to accommodate the placement of an award with a vertical pinback. The right breast flap bears three pebbled zinc buttons meeting five reinforced button holes on the left breast flap. Looped through the middle button hole is a War Merit Cross ribbon, presenting as a thick central black band flanked on each side by narrow white and red bands, securely stitched at both ends to the interior of the tunic. Between the top and bottom pockets of each breast of the tunic are three reinforced ventilation holes in a vertical arrangement. The reverse of the tunic bears analogous ventilation holes, with a reinforced vertical slit at the bottom centre, allowing for a comfortable fit. The interior liner presents in a tan colour and is stamped on the left breast with “Kleidungsfabrik Ravensburg”, manufacturer codes “1039, 39, 40, 90, 65, 59”, and “R.A.D.B.A.E.”. The lower interior bears two magnetic metal belt guards in the form of downward hooks stitched securely into the liner. There is a single, narrow interior pocket at the bottom of the right flap opened with a brown bakelite button meeting a single reinforced vertical buttonhole. At the top of the tunic, a loop has been fashioned with the liner to allow for placement on a hook when not in use. Measuring approximately 460 mm across the shoulders, with an arm length of 594 mm and a total body length of 695 mm. The tunic presents without evident damage or fatigue and is in an overall near mint condition.
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