Waffen-SS Black Panzer Uniform
By Willi Schumacher
- An SS-Untersturmführer of Panzer black wraparound jacket from SS-Panzer-Regiment 12, 12. SS-Panzer-Division "Hitlerjugend".
- Schwerterträger SS-Sturmbannführer of Panzer Georg Bochmann wearing the officer black panzer jacket with aluminum piping around the collar. Notice the Totenkopf collar tab denoting the 3. SS-Panzer-Division "Totenkopf".
- An SS-Oberscharführer of Panzer black wraparound jacket from SS-Panzer-Regiment 1, 1. SS-Panzer-Division "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler". This jacket has the slip on shoulder straps with the metal LAH ciphers, the panzer lanyard, and Adolf Hitler cuffband. The ribbons in the buttonhole are the Iron Cross Second Class and the Russian Front Winter Campaign Medal 1941/42. Badges include the Iron Cross First Class, Panzer Assault Badge and Wound Badge in Black.
- Ritterkreuzträger and Officer Candidate Ernst Barkmann of SS-Panzer-Regiment 2, 2. SS-Panzer-Division "Das Reich". Notice the numeral "2" on each shoulder strap denoting the regiment. Barkmann's collar tabs are piped in silver twist cord, usually indicating an officer candidate.
The panzer jacket, or wrapper as referred to by collectors because of it's double-breasted front, is made of black wool and is short-waisted and has no exterior pockets. There are four large plastic buttons and three smaller ones on the front for the fastening of the wrap. Primarily only the four bottom buttons were used, the top being for colder weather and further protection from the cold. The bottom four buttons were also hidden when fastened. A comparison with the Army's version is illustrated in the figure. The Army version had a seam down the middle of the back while the Waffen-SS style didn't. The Army version had a larger collar and pointed ends on the collar while the Waffen-SS style had a smaller collar and rounded tips. Finally, The Army version had more of a wrap and the front edge cut back diagonally whereas the Waffen-SS style didn't wrap as much and was cut straight down.
The Waffen-SS black panzer trousers are similar to the 1942 Kielhose with a couple of exceptions:
- The black panzer trousers have an interior waist belt,
- there is no buttoned flap on the watch pocket on the front, and
- the black panzer trousers have a flap on each of the two front slashed pockets with two buttons.
Generally in comparison with the Army's model, the only significant difference was that the Army's model had a single, verses double, button on the front pocket flaps.