NSKK Service Tunic (EM version)


SKU: 53.GOR.

Estimated market value:

$1,500 USD

  • NSKK Service Tunic (EM version) Obverse
  • NSKK Service Tunic (EM version) Detail
  • NSKK Service Tunic (EM version) Obverse
  • NSKK Service Tunic (EM version) Detail
  • NSKK Service Tunic (EM version) Detail

Estimated market value:

$1,500 USD


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    The image is of the tunic as worn by band members.


The NSKK (Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahr-Korps = National Socialist Motor Corps) was a paramilitary organisation affiliated with the NSDAP, specialising in anything related to the driving of motorised vehicles. NSDAP officials recognised the need for access to cars and trucks for both transportation and propaganda purposes as early as 1922, and certain steps were taken to ensure this need was met. However, it took until April of 1930 for a specialised motor organisation to be officially founded. This organisation was named NSAK (Nationalsozialistisches Automobil-Korps = National Socialist Automobile Corps), but was renamed to NSKK less than 13 months later.
Initially, the NSAK/NSKK was under the control of the SA and existed next to its parent organisation’s own driving-related sub-organisation, the Motor-SA. This changed after the “Night of the Long Knives”, in which many SA leaders were purged and the organisation was substantially disempowered. After July of 1934, the NSKK became an independent organisation whose leader, NSKK-Korpsführer Adolf Hühnlein, answered directly to Adolf Hitler.

The main tasks of the NSKK were to provide transportation for all organisations of the Third Reich, to train and instruct boys and men (and a number of women) in mechanics and driving, and to assist police in regulating traffic. During the mid 1930s, the organisation also provided roadside assistance.
With the onset of the war, the NSKK’s tasks underwent certain changes. Instructing both civilians and soldiers in the driving and maintenance of armored vehicles became a higher priority. The NSKK also began working closely with other organisations, for example Organisation Todt (OT), by providing transportation of workers and supplies for the colossal building project that was the fortification of Germany’s Western border, the Siegfried Line (or Westwall). During the war, the NSKK provided much of the transportation needs for the German Army and the Luftwaffe, including the transport of troops, weapons and ammunition, and building materials, for example for the construction of air bases in the newly conquered territories in Eastern Europe after the attack on Soviet Russia in the summer of 1941.
Parts of the NSKK would come under the control of architect Albert Speer who took over OT after the death of Fritz Todt in 1942, leading to the creation of Transport Brigade Speer (later Transport Corps Speer), which would eventually completely sever its ties to the NSKK.

The regular NSKK Service Tunic was introduced in 1936 and was manufactured out of olive-green wool, with a dark brown collar. The front of the tunic features two large breast pockets and two large patch pockets on the hip. The collars on Officer grade tunics are piped with twisted aluminium cord, whereas the collars of Enlisted Men (EMs) are not piped. The tunic buttons are matte silver and have a pebbled texture. The service tunic was worn with a starched olive-green long sleeve blouse and a dark brown tie.

The Service Tunic was worn by NSKK personnel while on duty or while cross-country driving, but it could also be worn on formal occasions with a white shirt with a flat collar.

A white version of the tunic could be worn by Officers during the summer months. White tunics are very rare.

An Army-style tropical tunic was worn by NSKK members serving in hot climate areas, including northern Africa, southern France, Italy, the Balkans, Greece, and southern Russia. The tunic is khaki or tan in colour.

Members of the NSKK motorboat units wore a Navy-style dark blue Tunic with gilt buttons featuring fouled anchors. A white version for the summer months exists as well, but is extremely rare.


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