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#1 10-01-2019 13:00:40

Markus
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From: Australia
Registered: 24-10-2014
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German first pattern tropical Heer shirt - M42 depot stamp

Well folks,
I’ve been looking for a German manufactured first pattern tropical Heer shirt for a while with no luck. 
Then I spotted this shirt recently on a dealer’s website, advertised as a tropical Luftwaffe shirt.   However from
the features I believed that it was a tropical Heer shirt and I found myself a Christmas present.

Anyway, here are the pictures.  As you can see it is a light olive colour, which may have lead to the dealer
labeling it Luftwaffe.  This shirt appears to be similar in colour to the same type of tropical Heer first pattern
shirt shown on page 82 of Afrikakorps by Robert Kurtz.

Regards Markus

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc03162.jpg

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc03174.jpg

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc03164.jpg

Tropical Heer pebbled metal button detail to breast pocket
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc03168.jpg

Pressed fibre button detail
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc03169.jpg

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc03165.jpg

Provision for mounting shoulder straps.
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc03178.jpg

Detail of shoulder strap bridles - made from standard darker green tropical Heer shirt fabric.
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc03170.jpg

Munich depot stamp dated 1942 and abbreviated manufacturer's stamp in normal position inside front button fly
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc03173.jpg

Detail
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc03172.jpg

Below is the shirt on page 82 of Kurtz's book, which I referred to above.
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc03181.jpg

Last edited by Markus (11-01-2019 07:31:54)

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#2 10-01-2019 16:33:53

RRA227
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From: Hokendauqua.Pa. U.S.A.
Registered: 23-06-2011
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Re: German first pattern tropical Heer shirt - M42 depot stamp

Nice shirt.  Rich A. in Pa.


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#3 10-01-2019 17:48:33

Marseille42
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Re: German first pattern tropical Heer shirt - M42 depot stamp

thanks for the good pictures,

a lot of new shirts incoming big_smile

best regards

max

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#4 10-01-2019 21:45:50

KeithTurner
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Re: German first pattern tropical Heer shirt - M42 depot stamp

A great find, well done, and thank you for sharing the images.

Enjoy the hobby, Keith


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#5 10-01-2019 22:11:03

Marseille42
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Re: German first pattern tropical Heer shirt - M42 depot stamp

https://i.ibb.co/LQt3xdR/0678087-E-740-D-4278-9817-0-E4489-B6-E6-F2.jpg


Looks like this one ? Framed picture from my collection

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#6 11-01-2019 06:56:10

Markus
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From: Australia
Registered: 24-10-2014
Posts: 911

Re: German first pattern tropical Heer shirt - M42 depot stamp

Thanks for the comments guys smile

Yes Max, there were some minor variations but it looks like your photo is of a typical Heer tropical shirt - you can tell
it from the French one straight away from the lack of button holes on the collar and the four buttons on the front.

A pity that most period photos are in black and white so we can't see the different shades of cloth.  My shirt appears to be quite close
in clolour to the fabric which is on a first pattern Tropenhelm that I've previously posted.

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_tropenhelm.jpg

Together in a period photo maybe they would have looked something like this?

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_olive_shirt.jpg

Regards Markus

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#7 11-01-2019 12:44:47

Marseille42
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Registered: 29-09-2018
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Re: German first pattern tropical Heer shirt - M42 depot stamp

Markus wrote:

Thanks for the comments guys smile

Yes Max, there were some minor variations but it looks like your photo is of a typical Heer tropical shirt - you can tell
it from the French one straight away from the lack of button holes on the collar and the four buttons on the front.

A pity that most period photos are in black and white so we can't see the different shades of cloth.  My shirt appears to be quite close
in clolour to the fabric which is on a first pattern Tropenhelm that I've previously posted.

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/av … enhelm.jpg

Together in a period photo maybe they would have looked something like this?

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/av … _shirt.jpg

Regards Markus

Great stuff,

I think we must start a period foto thread for uniforms, fieldgier etc in wear smile

Regards max

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#8 12-01-2019 06:48:28

Markus
Veteran DAK Member
From: Australia
Registered: 24-10-2014
Posts: 911

Re: German first pattern tropical Heer shirt - M42 depot stamp

That's a very good idea Max, there is already a "Sticky" topic under the title of Afrika Korps Uniform Reference, which hasn't been added to
for a long time: http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/viewtopic.php?id=18

Alternatively, a new posting could be created under the heading of DAK Photography and Document.  Any other thoughts out there?


Regards Markus

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