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#1 04-06-2012 10:18:01

Tin Soldier
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DAK/Tropical Greatcoat - Willi Strohmeyer

G, day guys

This is my latest addition to my desert collection through the help of NZMark (i can't thank Mark enough for this item) big_smile
Never thought in my wildest dreams that one of these would end up in my collection! In fact i never even seen one
other than in books of original photos from the period until Mark shared some of his with us.

It is named inside twice to a Willi Strohmeyer with some other info below but the ink has bled & it's hard to read?
Mark also found the remains of some officers shoulder boards still present on the inside when he originally owned
the coat which i will post at a later date to see if any one can identify the branch of service? The colour is like purple, wine red
or magenta colour and as i explained to Mark every reference to that colour i find it mentions a different branch of service to the last one i had found???

Took some photos also with my repro M35, this is just a filler until i can get my hands on an original M35, M40 if i am lucky enough?
Plus the K98 pouches, officers panzer shoulder boards, belt & luger holster are repro at this stage.
The coat is a good colour match with the tropical cap but i like the look of sand coloured items against the brown of the coat tongue


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#2 04-06-2012 11:11:24

Sebastian.V
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Re: DAK/Tropical Greatcoat - Willi Strohmeyer

Whooo...near perfect ! Bravo....my Friend

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#3 04-06-2012 22:29:31

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Re: DAK/Tropical Greatcoat - Willi Strohmeyer

Love that officer mannequin (that head sure has potential!)
Knowing Strohmeyer was an officer is a huge step in finding out more about him - I just never had the time - plus no-one ever concluded exactly his branch of service definitively from the remains of his sewn in shoulder boards....
Nice display!
Mark


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#4 05-06-2012 12:42:54

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Re: DAK/Tropical Greatcoat - Willi Strohmeyer

tongue lovley big_smile

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#5 05-06-2012 18:54:01

Bond
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Re: DAK/Tropical Greatcoat - Willi Strohmeyer

Looks very nice, a good addition to any collection.

Sounds like Nebel or Chaplain perhaps?


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#6 06-06-2012 10:29:59

Tin Soldier
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Re: DAK/Tropical Greatcoat - Willi Strohmeyer

Thanks guys,....
Here are a few more detailed photos, first off are the remains of the shoulder boards.
I had to darken the photo to get a closer match to the correct colour when in hand.
What i have found is they could be Administration/Smoke Troops or Nebelwerfer??? Would be nice to know for sure
but maybe we never will??? Note the buttons have been moved at some stage to fit a larger person then moved back again?
With the damage nicely repaired. There is also another one of those sewn names or something which i have no idea what it means???
The wool material is very light not heavy like a normal greatcoat like you normally see a nice fine quality wool also.
Mark said once you feel it there is no turning back lol

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#7 06-06-2012 11:29:33

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Re: DAK/Tropical Greatcoat - Willi Strohmeyer

Stu,
Nice images - I can almost smell the 'ol girl again...
It's possible that the buttons were moved to enlarge the coat so as to fit more clothes underneath for extreme cold weather wear (I have seen this on 1st pattern tunics used in Canada - a minus 40'c winter has a way of making you rug up warmly so layers are the way to go...or possibly a larger guy needed to wear it...
The wool blend is very different from Allied coats - and although very fine is poorer quality in regards to doing it's job. I've had a few German tropical coats and although the 'weight' varies from manufacturer to manufacturer (and year) none has the thickness and warmth I associate with Allied coats I've owned/examined. It is known that Germans used our coats with the addition of strap bridles and replaced buttons when it was possible/expediant to do so - and it is incredible how close NZ coats are in colour to German tropical wool coats.
Stu - I don't have an Australian coat to compare one with...what can you tell us about colour and wool thickness in respect to a German coat?
Cheers!
Mark

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#8 07-06-2012 00:10:52

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Re: DAK/Tropical Greatcoat - Willi Strohmeyer

Here's an image I have on file of the officers boards' remnants. Note the waffenfarbe colour is quite different in natural light. Much more a 'wine' red....
Mark
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#9 09-06-2012 21:15:27

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Re: DAK/Tropical Greatcoat - Willi Strohmeyer

Absolutely beautiful Tropen Mantel! I would have loved to obtain this! As for the insignia....although it looks to be Chaplain purple....I doubt that is is....as Chaplains of the Wehrmacht did not wear shoulderboards.

Congrats on a wonderful addidtion to your collection! Knowing that itoriginally belonged to an Offizier....if it were me, I would keep it set up as such!

I hope this helps!


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#10 27-02-2016 01:49:37

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Re: DAK/Tropical Greatcoat - Willi Strohmeyer

Hey, have you done any research on who willi strohmeyer? Thats my great grandpas name and he fought for germany in ww2. I've asked multiple questions to family members but he would never talk about it, and same with my great grandmother... thanks!

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#11 27-02-2016 09:50:59

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Re: DAK/Tropical Greatcoat - Willi Strohmeyer

Interesting. So you can't find if he was involved in the African campaign?


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#12 27-02-2016 13:21:45

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Re: DAK/Tropical Greatcoat - Willi Strohmeyer

Nice overcoat. Rich A. in Pa.


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#13 28-02-2016 20:37:47

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Re: DAK/Tropical Greatcoat - Willi Strohmeyer

Well worth doing some family research - wouldn't it be amazing if there was a link...?!
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