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Well, considering the smaller mannequin I needed to display this correctly is on back order, i figured i would just post this as is on a full size bust, pardon the tight fit! The uniform jacket is in great shape but does have a few issues. First, and easily the most significant is one of the shoulder boards was removed. Who ever did it, took care to carefully un-stitch the board rather then hastily cut it off, potentially ruining the jacket. Finding the exact replacement will be difficult and it may be easier to obtain a complete set of different but still period correct “UV” boards. There is only one small moth hole i could find that can be seen on the rear of the right arm. Outside of that, there is a little dry soiling that seems to be able to come off with maybe an old toothbrush, i was just too lazy to do it myself. The breast eagle looks great as well at the flatwire style cuff title. The only wear on the cuff title looks to be on the second “i”. The collar tabs look good but there is some wear and minor soiling. Overall though, i think it’s a great looking jacket and not too easy to find. The shoulder width is a small 15 inches and the shoulder to cuff is about 23inches. This kid would have been on the younger side of the candidate age range..possibly as young as 14 years old.
“The German army went to great lengths to ensure its personnel were provided with the best in-depth training that was available at the time. The training took many forms and in an attempt to replicate the most realistic combat conditions possible the German army used live fire training exercises and found a one percent training fatality rate as acceptable, reasoning it was better to remove inadequate personnel in training as opposed to having them risk other lives in actual battle. Besides the live field training and exercises the Germans also established the Unteroffiziervorschule, (NCO Preparatory School), on April 1ST 1940. As the name implies the NCO preparatory schools were established to train future NCO’s with emphasis placed on leadership and personal initiative. On establishment of the NCO Preparatory Schools a specific, Unteroffiziervorschule, cufftitle was introduced which was intended for wear by both the cadre personnel and students of the NCO preparatory schools. The cadre personnel wore the uniform of the last unit they had served with before assignment to the schools with the addition of the, “UV”, shoulder board/strap cyphers and the Unteroffiziervorschule cufftitle. The students wore a slightly modified style of uniform that included fold back French cuffs and the unique old Prussian style litzen collar tabs. The students were recruited from the 14 to 17 year old age group and the school programs ran for three years. While attending the courses the students retained their civilian status and were designated, Jungschützen, (Junior Riflemen).”
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