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GERMAN WWII GENERAL LEUTNANT PETSCH GREATCOAT.
A most superb condition General Officer grade greatcoat, formerly the property of General Leutnant Theodor Petsch. A most beautiful constructed garment in the classic grey green material. Standard configuration of dark green collar, two scalloped lower pockets with flaps, deep turned back barrel cuffs, long buttoned rear pleat with false adjustable rear waist belt. The insignia fitted is a most superb pair of bullion wire stitched in General Leutnant's shoulder boards with large single silvered rank star with frosted highlights, two row of gilded buttons, one is a false row, red General's facings. The tailor's label Hans Klaae , Bahnhof Strasse 16.Kassel. To the interior pocket is a canvas white label for the same tailor with the name 'General Leutnant Theodor Petsch, 12.44'. The interior is completely silk lined. A sword or dagger hanger is constructed with a hole through the bottom left hand pocket for the insertion of the dagger or sword hanging straps. The coat is totally moth free, no repairs, stains or any consequent problems. This is a most superb impressive garment. Theodor Petsch, born June 27th 1884 in Berlin, died June 22nd 1973 at 89 years old. The son of a factory owner, prior to WWI he joined East Prussian Infantry Regiment 148, progressed to various regiments, a Company Commander during WWI until 1916 promoted to Captain. In October 1917 he was transferred to the General Staff of the Army and employed as an intelligence officer of the High Command. He was wounded once and awarded the Wound Badge in black with both 1st and 2nd Class Iron Crosses. With the creation of the Reichswehr he served with Infantry Regiment 39 and served the whole of the 1920's and 30's within the Reichswehr in various roles. On mobilisation for WWII he was appointed Commander of Landwehr Infantry Regiment 59, he led this unit in the campaign in the west and then commanded the 710th Infantry Division and promoted to Major General. He was in Norway in November 42 and promoted to General Leutnant and was awarded the Second World War clasp awarded of both of his WWI Iron Crosses. In November 1944 he was at the age of 60 transferred to the Reserve and on the 7th December 1944 was awarded the German Cross in silver and was Commander of Military District 9. On the 1st March 1945 he was promoted to General of Infantry and was now Deputy General in Command of the 9th Army Corps. In early May 1945 he was then taken in to captivity until the end of November 1947, until released. This excellent garment belonging to a career officer, who served a total of 42 years with the service from 1903 to 1945.