Germany 1918 - 1945
Ostlt. Boehm-Tettelbach - personal flight tunic
Important Luftwaffe flight tunic to Oberstleutnant Karl Boehm-Tettelbach who served as commander of Zerstörer-Geschwader 26 and part of the oof the delegation which signed the surrender on May, 8th 1945. He served as Generalfeldmarschall Keitels personal interpretor.
As Karl Boehm-Tettelbach, (...) an aide to Field Marshall Werner von Blomberg and later had served in Hitler’s headquarters during the war. He accompanied Field Marshal von Blomberg to London in 1937 for the coronation of King George VI. The German delegation took the opportunity to have talks with senior British politicians. Boehm-Tettelbach followed behind Hitler and Blomberg on a long walk in the mountains when the report of the trip was given to the Führer. On the way back to Berlin, Boehm-Tettelbach asked Blomberg what Hitler had said about the news. 'Nothing,' replied Blomberg. But shortly afterwards more resources still were planned for the army, something which Boehm-Tettelbach believes 'was the answer and reaction from the coronation'. As an Air Force Major he commanded Zerstörergeschwader 26 from October 1943 – June 1944. This was was a Luftwaffe heavy/destroyer Fighter Aircraft wing A committed Nazi right up to May 1945, he was a member of the delegation which signed the surrender. He recalls that it was an act performed twice . . . once with General Eisenhower and the following day with Marshal Zhukov of the Soviet Union." (Source: http://www.irishbrigade.eu/other-men/germans/boehm/karl-son/karl-boehm.html)
Excellent quality Luftwaffe flight blouse for an Oberstleutnant serving with flying troops. An untouched example with period time attached insignia.
Collar tabs: Attached by hand
Shoulder boards: Sewn-in. Oberstleutnant.
Breast eagle: Hand-embroidered breast eagle. Period time attached by hand.
Lining: Silk. A "K.B.T" name tag as well as a "Richard Hofmann" tailor's tag
Buttons: Complete. Period time attached.
Period time attached loops for a German Cross or Spanish Cross as well as a Squadron Clasp, a long ribbon bar and two more badges. Period time hand-attached bullion version of the Pilot's Badge.
An important piece of history including a small folder with photocopies of Boehm-Tettelbach. One photo shows him most probably wearing exactly the same flight blouse. Another one shows him standing behind Keitel during the surrender.