Lot 2329

Oberst-Gruppenführer Josef "Sepp" Dietrich – a Personal Tropical-Weight Tunic

German Historical Collectibles from 1919 onwards | A83r | Live auction | 608 Lots


Expertly tailored khaki-colored, lightweight cotton blend tunic for use in warm weather with open collar and four button front, French cuffs and four patch pockets. All buttons are gold pebbled, matching and removable. Tunic has an opening in the shoulder seam to fit the shoulder board, which has a transversal bar added to the base to secure the board but permit easy removal for laundering. Shoulder boards are for the rank of Oberst-Gruppenführer, of intertwined matte gold and aluminum cords on a mouse-grey underlay with three pips arranged in a triangle. An Ost-Front ribbon is hand-applied to the top buttonhole. The left sleeve has a Krim shield hand applied. There are loops on the left breast pocket for two awards and a party badge. The inside is unlined, with two inside breast pockets with slit openings added and removable shoulder padding. On the left cuff there is evidence of previous cufftitle placement (in April 1945 Dietrich and all members of the LAH were to remove their “Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler” cufftitles). The uniform was acquired from a U.S. Army veteran who was present for Dietrich’s surrender/arrest. A period photograph of this tunic being worn is shown on page 327, volume one of Mark C Yerger’s reference book entitled, “Waffen SS Commanders”. Cf. Michael D. Beaver “Uniforms of the Waffen SS, volume two, chapter thirteen, p. 629.

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