GERMAN WWII ARTILLERY UNIFORM - |
In 1842, Preußen (Prussia) introduced a new pattern of uniform for all foot-troops
consisting of a uniform called a Waffenrock to be worn with a tall leather spiked helmet
called a Pickelhaube.
The Waffenrock and Pickelhaube can be considered the first "modern" military uniform and
helmet which still shows their influence in the German uniforms employed during WWII.
This is a WWII German Army Artillery Officer's uniform. The design consists of four
scalloped pockets with buttons to secure closed. A total of 8 buttons are employed
in the front. The buttons have a heavily pebbled surface.
This uniform has a dagger
clip on the inside. The uniform would have been worn with a
This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII German uniforms. Multiple
detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points
that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII German uniform worth?". A price
guide is included here to address this question. The value of the uniforms is reviewed
over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the German
uniforms in the collector's market is illustrated.
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The chest area has an Army eagle sewn to it. Bullion construction over a dark green
wool background. The soldier was an officer. The design of the breast eagle consisted
of an eagle with the wings fully spread. The head is facing to the right. It is
clutching a circle with a swastika in the center. The circle is actually a wreath.
To see additional breast eagles visit the
section of this website.
The cuffs are French style. With a large section rolled back. This uniform was
tailor made. The inside of the jacket has a couple of
that contain the name
of the shop that manufactured it and the name of the owner.
Officers had the ability to accept the standard issue uniform or have one specially
made for them at a shop. The second option was more expensive, so not everyone
opted for it.
The collar patches and shoulder insignia were very richly made. The collar of the
jacket is made of a dark green felt material. The patch attached to it is of bullion
material with two red stripes in the center.
The shoulder board has a single pip and the number 6, which is the unit to which the
officer belonged. Red piping covers the board.
The red color on both, the patch and the shoulder board, indicate artillery.
This uniform is currently being reproduced.
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality
of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style
and materials employed in the manufacturing of this uniform. Attention to the details is critical in
order to be able to determine the authenticity of the uniform.
If you have an interest is seeing other uniforms of the Third Reich, you can do so by going
to our WWII German Uniforms
identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine) and
Air Force (Luftwaffe) items.