SS M44 DRILL TUNIC CAMOUFLAGE PEA PATTERN - ORIGINAL
M44 DOT/PEA PATTERN CAMOUFLAGE HBT SS FIELD BLOUSE DRILL TUNIC - ORIGINAL
The M44 is a cotton/rayon blend construction field blouse has an HBT, (Herring Bone Twill), weave and machine printed dot pattern camouflage to the exterior.
The field blouse features a vertical, five button front closure with small fold back lapels, a single metal hook and eye positioned at the neckline and a lay down collar.
The field blouse has four, non-pleated, patch front pockets with straight edged button down flaps. The straight cut sleeve have a small vertical slash to the outside seam with single button closure.
The front closure and exterior pocket buttons are the field grey painted, pebbled, sheet metal type while the cuff buttons are the Bakelite type and all appear to have their original stitching.
The reverse of the field blouse has a central, vertical tail skirt vent and two vertical tapering darts. The waist line side panels each have two, vertically aligned, stitched eyelets for the belt support hooks.
The collar has no collar insignia or evidence of any ever having been applied as per regulations.
The unlined interior of the field blouse is in the natural, unbleached crème color of the material with a faint bleed through of the exterior camouflage pattern.
The interior of the field blouse has greyish reinforcements panels to the armpits and half way down the side panels with a vertical strap with three stitched eyelets for the belt support hooks to each side.
Inside bottom right has a greyish rayon field dressing pocket with a single button closure.
Can not make out the faint black ink stamped size and maker markings on the inside right armpit reinforcement panel.
Size: Small 36 chest
Looks to have little or no wear. Excellent condition.
SS M-44 DOT Pea pattern camouflage tunic worn by the Waffen SS.
"Erbsenmuster" (Peas pattern) tunics were first issued in March 1944, this was a radical departure from the earlier camouflage smocks.
This tunic was designed to be worn over the wool tunic or by itself and was designated as both a combat and work uniform.
It was meant to be used in all seasons, dispensing with the need for the reversible uniforms.