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Lot 8082: Hermann Göring - a white tunic for his Reich Marshal uniform
04 November 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: White dense worsted cotton fabric (gabardine), braided, golden, darkened shoulder boards sewn and screwed by a button on white underlay, applied gilt Reich Marshal eagles with polished edges. Collar tabs embroidered with golden (gilding migrated), crossed Marshal batons and laurel edgings on light silver background, unscrewable, gilded bronze breast eagle with fastening pins (traces of fastening), gilded, granulated buttons, diagonally cut pockets with flaps, on left breast loops for medal clasp, Iron Cross and combined badge, high cuffs. White, silk inner lining, inside left breast pocket tailor's tag "Stechbarth - Berlin W. Tauentzienstrasse 6/1" with handwritten dark ink marking "Generalfeldm. Göring - 17.6.40 - No. 2266". Finest made-to-measure tunic in luxurious quality. In very good condition, gilding of collar tabs migrated, gilding of Reich Marshal eagles very well preserved, no moth holes. Silk inner lining somewhat damaged especially on collar, smaller, presumably removable soiling. Cf. Hermann Historica, auction 50, 4 May 2006, a white tunic for Göring's Reich Marshal uniform, taken by an American officer of the 165th Engineer Combat Battalion at Mauterndorf Castle near Salzburg, which was in the possession of the Göring family. Hermann Göring let himself be arrested by Robert J. Stack, the commander-in-chief of 36th US division on 7 May 1945 en route from Mauterndorf Castle to Schloss Fischhorn. Cf. Thomas M. Johnson, "World War II German War Booty - a study in photographs", p. 60/61, a pair of collar tabs and shoulder boards from Hermann Göring's Reich Marshal uniform from the possession of veterans of 101st Airborne Division, who captured them from Göring's train in Berchtesgaden (Bill Shea and Jason P. Burmeister collection). On 19 July 1940, shortly after the end of the victorious French Campaign - on 22 June the ceasefire was concluded at Compiègne and became effective as from 25 June, 1:35 o'clock - Hitler simultaneously promoted twelve generals (nine from the army, three from the Luftwaffe) to field marshals. At the same time he made Göring, the hero of the Luftwaffe, Reich Marshal of the Großdeutsche Reich, a supreme Wehrmacht rank solely created for him. One year later, Hitler delegated to him by decree of 29 June 1941 his succession with full powers in case he, Hitler, would be deprived of his capacity to act. A historically important tunic, tailored for Göring still as field marshal and after his promotion to Reich Marshal either equipped with new insignia or already presented with these. On 17 June 1940, on the very day this tunic was finished Henri Philippe Pétain requested a ceasefire from the leader of the German Reich after having taken over a day before from Paul Reynaud as French Prime Minister. US war booty 1945, later Wolfe-Hardin Collection, California.
Condition Report: II
Drittes Reich Zeitgeschichte
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