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WWII German SS Hauptscharfuhrer Walter Miltsch Private Purchase Tunic

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  • $ 18,000


WWII German SS Hauptscharfuhrer Walter Miltsch Private Purchase Tunic-This incredible SS tunic is perhaps the only surviving examples named to a concentration camp guard. Privately tailored, it corresponds in appearance to the Model 1935 standard army tunic which the SS adopted in March 1938. It is fully lined, an upgrade characteristic of private purchase uniforms for commissioned officers and senior NCOs. The liner fabric is light brown rayon. Another feature of this tailor-made tunic is the inside button-down pocket on the right side. Below the opening is sewn the name tag reading, " Miltsch W. " The tunic itself is cut from wool gabardine of officer's quality. Each sleeve has three vertical seams. The use of three vertical panels to form a sleeve instead of a single, broader length of material suggests that only a partial bolt may have been available. This tunic has a custom tailored collar liner. There are definitely spots of mothing and tracking throughout the tunic. There are no huge holes, rather many small nips and bites in clusters here and there. The hand-sewn, right collar tab features a horizontal skull wrought in hand-embroidered aluminum wire. The left side rank tab indicates the rank of Hauptscharfuhrer (SS master sergeant). Upon Miltsch's promotion the tab was lifted to add a vertical Litzen strip and then sewn back down. The hand-sewn sleeve eagle is an officer's aluminum flatwire; like the skull tab a private purchase upgrade. The dark green wool felt collar and shoulder straps display the machine sewn silver tresse denoting sergeant's rank. The matching shoulder straps with black underlay are textbook SS. They are bordered with extremely rare copper-brown waffenfarbe, the service branch color for concentration camp staff. The matching pebbled aluminum buttons are field gray and are all stamped "RZM/SS" on the reverse. Hand-sewn on the right sleeve is the silver-and-black SS Ehrenwinkel, "Old Fighters" chevron which individuals affiliated with the NSDAP prior to January 30, 1933, were authorized to wear. On the lower sleeve is also the dark green wool felt army specialty patch for Oberschirrmeister, or technical sergeant in the motor pool. It indicates the wearer was a senior mechanic and/or driver. Qualified SS personnel initially wore army trade patches on their uniforms. The style for Oberschirrmeister is one of the few patterns bordered in silver thread instead of white cotton. The upper left side of the tunic has three loops for a ribbon bar. There are two sets of loops for metal decorations below the pocket flap. The grouping includes photocopies of original documents from Walter Miltsch's SS personnel file. They list details of his career such as postings, awards and performance evaluation. He was born near Rosenheim in the Bavarian Alps in 1909. Miltsch enlisted in the SA in November 1927. He transferred to the SS in 1936. Miltsch was posted to Dachau concentration camp where he was responsible for the transportation of inmates to Hartheim Castle. Later, Hauptscharfuhrer Miltsch was posted to Konzentrationslager Mauthausen. He survived the war. During the post-war period Miltsch was both a defendant and prosecution witness at war crimes trials of former SS personnel. A veteran of a U.S. armored division brought Miltsch's tunic home as a war souvenir. Eventually, the veteran sold the tunic to a collector who owned it for the next 35 years. This is an incredibly rare SS concentration camp tunic that is completely original and unaltered since the war!

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