Original WW2 German Infantry M35 Dress Waffenrock 82nd Infantry Division Signals
The 82nd Infantry Division was raised in December 1939 and was first deployed into action the following May during the invasion of France and the low countries.
Returning to Germany in December 1940, they were redeployed into the Netherlands the following month. In May, the division was separated – elements of the 82nd were to remain as an occupational force in the Netherlands, while the rest were to invade the Soviet Union. In June 1941, in preparation for the then-upcoming invasion, Major General Josef Lehmann was promoted to Lieutenant General. In December 1942, the occupational elements would move to the Eastern front.
In mid-January 1943, the Red Army launched a counteroffensive targeted on the city of Voronezh. During the Battle of Voronezh ,Lieutenant General Alfred Bäntsch was killed; he was replaced by Lieutenant General Karl Faulenbach.
In July 1943, the division took part in the Battle of Kursk as a component of General of the Infantry Erich Straub’s XIII Corps, which in itself was a portion of the 2nd Army. In December, Major General Hans-Walter Heyne was promoted to Lieutenant General.
In early 1944, the division was encircled by Soviet Armed Forces near Kiev during the Battle of the Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket. Although it managed to escape from the Soviets, it sustained such heavy casualties that it was reduced to being a designated “Division Group”, absorbed by the 254th Infantry Division.
Nice Tunic in very good overall condition.
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The M35 dress tunic was introduced for wear by all ranks on June 29TH 1935 as the walking out, parade and ceremonial dress with the piped, stone grey long pants. The design of the M35 dress tunic was based on the Imperial German army’s service tunic but was a different color and generally of much higher quality. Originally all personnel were issued two M35 dress tunics but manufacture was discontinued in late 1939 or early 1940 and was to be reinstated at the successful conclusion of the war. Regulations of March 21ST 1940 stated that the M35 dress tunics that were no longer suitable for dress wear were to be modified and reissued to personnel of the replacement and reserve units for every day wear. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the army’s Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), system. The Officers and certain senior NCO’s could choose to purchase their uniforms from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase garments of higher quality. Although enlisted personnel were issued their uniforms from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately tailored uniforms although the price may have been restrictive.