NSDAP Service Tunic

SKU: 30.GOR.02.01.002

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  • NSDAP Service Tunic Obverse
  • NSDAP Service Tunic Reverse
  • NSDAP Service Tunic Left
  • NSDAP Service Tunic Right
  • NSDAP Service Tunic Button Detail
  • NSDAP Service Tunic Collar Detail
  • NSDAP Service Tunic Tag


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The uniforms, headgear, and insignia of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP) went through several design changes from 1933 until the end of the Second World War. Dr. Ley, originally the Gauleiter of Rheinland and later promoted to the position of chief of staff of Party Organization and Reich Organization Leader, was largely responsible for the NSDAP rank system and uniforms.

The standardized production and circulation of all NSDAP uniform garments, headgear, and insignia were overseen by the National Material Control Office (RZM or Reichszeugmeisterei). The RZM was created in July 1934, and it was located in Munich. From 1935 onward, all NSDAP uniform garments and insignia were legally required to feature an RZM control mark or tag, as well as a number mark on metal insignia or belt buckles. These marks indicate the authenticity of the object, the type of insignia or garment, and identify the manufacturer.

The style of the NSDAP uniforms was initially based upon the castoffs of the tropical uniform that were used by the German Army during the First World War. While these brown shirts and trousers were worn by NSDAP members prior to the standardization of the NSDAP uniform, their general design was mirrored in the final NSDAP uniform designs.

The service tunic is single-breasted, and it is composed of brown coloured material.

The collar is piped according to the wearer's rank level. Piping colours before 1939 include yellow for Reichsleitung level (national), red for Gauleitung level (larger district (Gau) level), black for Kreisleitung (district level), and light blue for Ortsgruppenleitung (local level). In 1939, this was changed to golden-yellow for Reichsleitung level, dark red for Gauleitung level, white for Kreisleitung level, and light blue for Ortsgruppenleitung level.

There are rare versions of the service tunic that were made from white fabric for wear during the summer months. The white tunic did not feature piping.

This tunic has four pockets, four buttons on the front closure, an RZM tag, and several types of rank insignia.

The buttons on these tunics are gold-coloured (gilt) and feature the image of the NSDAP national emblem eagle.

All four tunic pockets are patch pockets, with two on the tunic breast and two at hip level. The two breast pockets are pleated and closed by a scalloped flap with a single button. While the two hip button are not pleated and closed by a rectangular flap with a single button.

The RZM tag is generally located along the tunic's neck section.


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    $1250 USD

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    This particular tunic was worn by an Ortsgruppenleitung level member.

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    $2,700 USD

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    This item is scarce. Named/attributed items may command a higher price.

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