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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 dress hat.

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.

This service is provided free of charge to the visitor/enthusiast courtesy of MilitaryItems.com, a company dedicated to the preservation of military history and to providing quality military antiques and collectibles to museums, institutions and the general public.

  1. Identifying fakes and reproductions
  2. RZM manufacturing codes
  3. Construction materials
  4. Clothing tags
  5. Perspective view
  6. Purchasing a WWII German Uniform

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 German patches 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 tailor tags 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.


The value for WWII German uniforms and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Value $600.00 $650.00 $670.00 $700.00 $750.00 $800.00 $800.00 $850.00 $900.00 $925.00 $950.00 $950.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A+ A+ A+ A+ A+ A+ A+ A+ A+ A+ A+ A+

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Mar 20th, 2017
German uniforms came in a large variety and make great collectibles. The item featured here is hard to find. In general its appreciation has been good. It is expected that this value trend will continue.

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