German Field Blouse Models 1933-1943: How They Fit
The German Army introduced a new field blouse (Feldbluse) in 1933 to replace the 1927 model service coat (Dienstrock) that is associated with the "Reichswehr" era. The new blouse gave the German soldier an updated, modern look that was quickly refined by several changes in 1934 and 1935 into the classic "M36" field blouse; the most famous German uniform of the National Socialist era (with the possible exception of the black SS Dienstanzug). The basic design that was introduced in 1933 and shortened in 1934 was carried forward on virtually all military and Nat'l Socialist Party uniform coats, with the exception of the panzer jacket (Panzerjacke) and the "M44" field blouse, during the Third Reich. Note that these uniform jackets do not fit anything like a civilian suit or any current service uniform of any nation we know of. The following are the key fitting elements of the WWII German uniform: The overall length is short (please read below for more on this), the arm holes are small and the back is narrow. This gives the wearer the overall feeling of smallness in the arm and shoulder area and a form fitting feeling in the body. This feeling is commonly mistaken by our customers as the jacket size being too small. This is because modern garments (with the exception of fine Italian or European suits) are no longer made to this form fitting method and no one is used to this feeling.
This Field Blouse is "short!"
The resulting uniform was an optical illusion which made every soldier wearing it appear several inches taller than he actually was. The short length of the jacket and the high position of the waist belt fooled the mind's eye into seeing almost every German soldier as a tall nordic "superman" with a trim torso and amazingly long legs. Reportedly, the new design was test modeled before groups of women (what we now call "focus groups") to make sure it would have the desired effect on the opposite sex, thus raising the troops' morale.
The WWII German uniforms made by Lost Battalions are the only reproductions on the market that exactly copy the original patterns and duplicate the correct appearance of the German soldier of World War II. Before returning your Lost Battalions field blouse because it's "too short", please study the accompanying photos to learn how the uniform is actually supposed to fit. Please note that under no circumstances, other than shortening of the sleeves to accomodate a shorter sleeve length, should the field blouse skirt extend past the sleeve cuff. Pay particular attention to the position of the hands relative to the sleeve length and the length of the jacket body.
|Above: Note that the wallet in the right rear pocket of the soldier's trousers is clearly visible and not covered by the feldbluse skirt. Also note that the rear belt hooks are above elbow height.|
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