This is a Luftschutz NCO uniform for a Bandsman. The Air Raid Warning service (Luftschutz) was restructured several times when it proved to be inadequate to the needs of the people during Allied bombing campaigns. This Luftwaffe style tunic is made in Luftwaffe grey wool with a black lapel, collar, and cuffs. It is piped in lavender and has machine sewn lavender colored collar tabs showing the rank of Sergeant. There is a distinctive Luftschutz sleeve eagle on the lower left sleeve and the false cuffs are similar in style to the Schutzpolizei. The back is cut in the distinctive "Rock" four panel style with a box tail. As a Bandsman this uniform shows sewn in "swallows nests", in lavender and bullion, on each shoulder. There are three styles and this style indicates either a Musiker or a Spielmann. A standard red NSDAP swastika armband was sometimes worn on the upper left sleeve between the swallows nests and the sleeve eagle. Notice that this Bandsman has removed his shoulder boards. I suspect this fellow played some instrument similar to a tuba that rested on his shoulder (or required a shoulder harness) hence the removal of the shoulder board.
The Luftschutz relied upon volunteer members who were led by a professional cadre of officers. Most members were simply dressed in a steel helmet and an armband to signify their position in the Air Raid Service. Some lucky individuals were uniformed in a set of coveralls to wear with their steel helmet. These Luftschutz uniforms are hard to find today and I have not seen one for sale for years.
Edited by SARGE, 07 September 2019 - 05:47 AM.