Extremely Rare SS VT “Other Ranks” Drill Tunic and Trouser Set from the Collection of Mike Beaver- That’s right! This incredibly rare and desirable set comes from the collection of author and highly respected collector Mike Beaver (who is no longer with us…RIP my friend!) and is even featured in Volume 2 of his industry standard books on Waffen SS (Uniforms of the Waffen SS, Volume II, pages 677-679 and page 682). Before we go any further, I want to point out that the tunic was professionally restored by Mike with ALL ORIGINAL and, in the case of the cuff title and shoulder boards, rare insignia. This is undetectable but has to be pointed out in our full time effort to maintain full disclosure. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff! The tunic is produced in field gray (light) herringbone twill (HBT) which is nicely worn and super soft. There is minor fading and some discoloration from age and use but no damage whatsoever. There is a four button closure and all buttons are green finished (finish weak on many) pebbled zinc with metal rings retaining them to the blouse. There are French cuffs. Neatly hand sewn to the collar are black badge cloth tabs, the right side having machine embroidered off white (discolored) runes and the left side indicating the rank of sturmmann (gefreiter or basically private first class). The slip on shoulder boards are very special. They were originally piped but the piping was removed after an order in 1940 the required it to be done. During the invasion of France this was commonly viewed. They are produced in black badge cloth with a gothic “D” indicating regiment “Deutschland” rendered in off white cloth. There are loops for a single award on the left breast pocket. The left sleeve has a handsome, machine embroidered sleeve eagle in off white over black as well as a chevron with silver tresse over black. Each has been neatly hand applied. The cuff title is the RZM type with silver flat wire piping along each edge and machine embroidered, off white cloth script that reads “Deutschland”. The unlined interior has a single pocket (bandage) is very clean. There are straps for the included belt hooks and a single ink stamp that reads “VA 38”. Also seen is a large, cloth RZM tag (the VT was under the auspices of the RZM just like the Allgemeine SS) which is faded and mostly illegible. The tunic is a size medium. The drill boot trousers are produced in the same field gray HBT material as is the blouse. They are featured on page 682 of the book. Condition wise, they are right on par with the blouse, remaining very clean with no damage. There is some minor staining to the lower left leg at the right rear pocket. They have button and string closures at the lower leg. There are slash type hip pockets, a watch fob pocket and a single rear pocket with button closure. There is a four button (zinc) fly with an additional button at the waist. All of the buttons for the suspenders are present and there is a cinch strap at the rear with a plated metal claw closure. The pocket bags are produced in green cloth. They are ink stamped with the size 54 and there is a large cloth RZM tag (faded). The waist is a size 34 and the legs measure 39” long. A wonderful opportunity to own a truly rare and desirable uniform set from one of the earliest SS military formations! More pictures available upon request.
- Item #: U-001