PRUSSIA – FELDGRAU FELDBLUSE – GENERALLEUTNANT.
Today we are offering a rather intriguing Prussian Generalleutnant’s Feldgrau Feldbluse. Prussian Generals usually acquired their uniforms at military effects shops, or from their tailors in Berlin or other Prussian cities. This particular tunic, however, was acquired at a military depot near the Front. Why did this happen? We can speculate that the general’s need for a tunic was so immediate that he lacked the time to order it from his tailor, or to shop at his favorite, hometown military effects establishment. We simply do NOT know.
Nevertheless, this is, indeed, a Prussian Generalleutnant’s Feldgrau Feldbluse. [This rank certainly would have merited the command of a Division. Later in the war, the command of an Armeekorps would not have been out of the question]. First, it is called a Feldbluse (Field Blouse), a tunic whose buttons are concealed under a flap on one side. The result presents a clean front whereon NO buttons are visible. In my opinion, it delivers a very clean and sleek appearance. A Generalleutnant’s shoulder boards are sewn to the tunic (more often, a General’s shoulder boards are slip-ons). Each shoulder board displays a small, gilt-crowned button. The General’s kragenspiegel are also in place (they are pre war rather than M-1915 subdued shoulder boards). Three pockets are featured on the tunic’s obverse, each displaying a single, large, crowned, gilt button. [One appears on the tunic’s left breast, and then one appears on each tunic side. The tunic’s cuffs are trimmed in red. Two more large, gilt buttons show up on the tunic reverse’s vent.
Another of the Prussian Generalleutnant’s Feldgrau Feldbluse obverse’s features certainly is worth mentioning, its many sewn-in loops. First to appear are four horizontal loops that could easily accommodate a ribbon bar of six or more decorations. These are followed by two sets of (two) vertical loops that could have held a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and another similar decoration. The interior contains a partial cotton liner, while the remainder is bare feldgrau material. It is stamped with a number of depot markings, including one for the Armeekorps.
This Prussian Generalleutnant’s Feldgrau Feldbluse is not an elegant tunic; one can find a small number of moth nips. The latter are NOT full moth blooms, nor are they easily seen. Although it is somewhat utilitarian (essentially off-the-rack), it displays well and is reasonably priced.