Germany 1918 - 1945
Luftwaffe Paratrooper jumping smock to a Crete veteran
This item belonged to a "Kreta" Fallschirmjäger veteran. His grouping came straight of the veteran and was never available on the market before. All items were given to our consignor as a present. It contains the M38 double decal helmet, jumping boots 1st pattern, his flight boots, pads, the paratrooper smock, books, photos and many other personal gear. We had the honor to offer items of his grouping previously. Some parts are still with our consignor who knew the veteran for many decades.
Please see the last pictures for a sneak preview and a nice portrait of the veteran. He marked an article in the book "KRETA. Sieg der Kühnsten" with "Da war ich dabei" to explain that he was part of the battle described in this chapter of the book.
Luftwaffe paratrooper (Fallschirmjäger) jumping smock. A so-called "Knochensack". Smock were made with green cloth as well as cloth showing a camo print. Tan & water camo, as well as splinter camo patterns, were issued. This example comes with a tan & water camo pattern printed to the cloth. A rather late war issued example. This would have not been the smock he jumped over Kreta.
Zippers: All zippers are fully working and are factory attached (we carefully checked, going very hard).
Top zippers: Ri-Ri marked. Kunststoff
Horizontal front zippers: Ri-Ri marked. Kunststoff
Front buttons: white glass buttons. Period time attached by hand. A little loose.
Press buttons: All fully working. PRYM 6 marked.
Pistol holster buttons: Period time attached by the factory.
Breast eagle: Machine-embroidered EM/NCO type. Correct type with blue linen backing. Period time maschine-attached by the factory.
Two Oberfeldwebel sleeve rank badges (Oberarmdienstgradabzeichen" period time attached by hand to both sleeves.
Sleeve lining: Fine blue silk
Inner lining: Fine blue silk as well as cotton. Pockets from cotton. Armpits from splinter camo material.
Markings: "IIA" size stamped. Stamped with the "Reichsbetriebsnummer" 0/1337/0015. "X44" depot stamped and dated.
"0" ink stamped to the left sleeve. Two small rips to the right sleeve from extensive. Minor other signs of wear. No repairs.
A scarce piece of history with provenience. Untouched!