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WWII German Luftwaffe General’s Overcoat and Trousers

  • Sale
  • $ 9,995


WWII German Luftwaffe General’s Overcoat and Trousers- This spectacular grouping has never been in a collection before and is being offered for the first time! This ensemble is for Flight General Walter Boenicke, who had an illustrious career (all documentation is available) and was also a Knight’s Cross winner. He was born in 1895 and died in 1947, when he committed suicide in prison. How often do you see a set like this being offered? The blue/grey overcoat is made of the finest tailored wool available during this time. It has two rows of six gold pebbled buttons on the front. The large white felt open lapel, combined with an extraordinary set of collar tabs, makes for an impressive display! The sew-in bullion boards with white underlay and one large silver pip, combined with the nicely hand applied collar tabs, identify Boenicke’s Rank at this time as Generaleutnant. The collar tabs are quite interesting, as they are made up of a combination of gold bullion for the single gull and wreath, combined with yellow cellon piping. It's interesting, but not of big concern, that the Rank of the collar tabs are for a Generalmajor. As Boenicke continued to get promoted, it was easy to convert the shoulder boards by simply adding a pip, but he probably never got around to changing the collar tabs. As a General, it's unlikely anybody, except us collectors nearly 70 years later, would question anything like this ;-)  Other than some tracking to the white felt lapel and the white underside of the collar (not visible), this overcoat is in excellent condition. The approximate size 38 overcoat is fully lined in a light grey rayon material and is set up for a dagger or sword. This exquisite garment was tailored by the firm of Wilhelm Holters, whose tag is found on the interior of the pocket. The tag on the back of the collar is missing. The tag is named to Boenicke and dated April of 1934 when he held the Rank of Rittmeister.  He, like many other older German Officers, retained their earlier clothing and simply had it tailored to reflect their promotions. The second part of this offering is a beautiful pair of Luftwaffe General’s trousers. These are made of a high quality blue wool material and have the lampason or wide white straps associated with the General. This white felt material has multiple moth bites, which do not extend into the wool. Overall the white stripes are better than 95% intact. This appears to be a 32” waist. The waistband has a white cloth linen, whereas the pocket boxes are a light beige material. The tailor’s label is present, and I can make out Boenicke’s Rank at this time, being a Major. This highly researchable, well-decorated Luftwaffe General’s set would make a fine addition to your uniform collection.

Please note that any "accessories" (i.e. medals, badges, belts etc.) are NOT included unless stated in description!