Grossdeutschland panzer wrap


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Grossdeutschland panzer wrap


Here is a nice original combat worn Heer black wrap for a Aufklarungs Leutnant in Panzergrenadier-Division Großdeutschland.

The wrap is a factory produced & standard issue pattern mid war wrap built of the coarse quality black wool, the wrap has rayon lining, internal pocket bags, tie tunnels, buttoning tabs and belt hook support straps of grey coloured web material, The cuff linings are of black poplin, the waist ties are black tape with HBT weave and finished ends,  The lining is the typical rayon type, the ink size and depot marking are washed out but conforms to a mid war production, There are  four large black composite closure buttons which mean the wrap is full length and not shortened. There are smaller lapel composite buttons which are all present and look to have their original stitching, the same type of small buttons are used at the cuff. The collar has a black painted hook and eye closure at the throat, the Panzeraufklarungs collar patches look to have been installed by machine sewing at the time of manufacture, collar tabs are piped in golden yellow rayon, while showing evident wear there is no damage to them, each of the Totenkopf are the 2 prong type and show wear matching the condition of the tabs and wrap, the national emblem has been stripped at some point which is very common on panzer wraps, this could easily be replaced but we will leave that to any future owner to do if they so wish, the shoulder strap bridles are removed and Leutnant boards sewn in place, each board has golden yellow coloured wool underlay. Each shoulder board features a gilt GD cypher sewn in place, the original cuff title is a type 4 which appears to be period machine sewn to the sleeve, There are several areas of mothing which is consistent with the rest of the wrap, there is wear to the front panel which would indicate at some point there would have been loops for at least three awards. This wrap shows even & matching wear throughout with scattered moth nips which are concentrated to the sleeves and the back, it is in our view a nice combat worn piece, other than that noted above there is no damage or repairs to wool or insignia.

Overall while the wrap is not a mint example it does display very well indeed and would be a nice investment in a very rare and original piece of combat used uniform from the Grossdeutchland division!