This is a fine quality and well preserved Wehrmacht
Artillery Officer's uniform tunic. There is no evidence of any pips
having been removed from the boards, so this tunic would have been
attributed to an Offizier (Officer) rank. The tunic features two
horizontal-slit breast pockets as well as two larger pockets at waist
height with pebble grain cap buttons. Six pebble grain cap buttons run
vertically along the opening of the tunic. All buttons show wear some
marks. Two hook fasteners on the collar opening ensure a snug fit.
The breast eagle is a M40 aluminum embroidered type,
and appears to be factory sewn just above the right breast pocket. The
Iron Cross Second Class ribbon is looped through the second button hole
on one end, and around the seam of the other, and appears to be
hand-stitched to the tunic. There is an Iron Cross Second Class bar
attached to the tunic to its original ribbon via 4 intact pins. Just
above the left breast pocket is a ribbon bar with three awards; Iron
Cross, 1914, Bavarian Military Service Cross, and War Cross of Honour
with crossed swords.
A 3rd class wounded badge is attached to the left
breast pocket, for those who were wounded once or twice by hostile
action (including air raids), or frostbitten in the line of duty. The
tunic features collar tabs with bright red through-lines attributing
this uniform to an Artillerieoffizier. The Artillery officer shoulder
boards are matching with a insignias signifying the 22nd
Artillerie-Regiment, having seen action in the Battle of France in May
1940 and July 1944 in the Battle of Crete.
The interior of the tunic has a matching field grey
liner that is completely intact with only a little discolouration due to
age. The tunic features a large horizontal-slit pocket at breast-height
and a smaller horizontal-slit pocket at waist-height with the dagger
hanger belt strip with the dagger hanger clip in perfect condition in
between. The sleeve liner is champagne coloured and perfectly intact.
There are no markings on the interior of the tunic, but a manufacturer's
tag is attached to the inside of the collar reading "C. O. Warnstedt,