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Knight Cross Winner's Army Paratroop Officer Waffenrock with Aiguilette

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Army officer Waffenrock worn by Leutnant Alfred Schwarzmann, Knight Cross of the Iron Cross bearer, prior to transferring to the Luftwaffe. The Waffenrock is named and dated 1937 while he was an Army Fallschirmjäger Leutnant. The tailored Waffenrock is made of fine quality tricot wool with imitation silk lining. The insignia, to include the breast eagle, collar tabs and cuff bars, are hand embroidered bullion with white underlay for Infantry. The shoulder boards are of Leutnant rank and include the rare Army "FJ" insignia. There are loops for 2 badges, one of which would presumably be an Army Paratroop badge. Schwarzmann was awarded the Army Paratroop badge even though it had already been superseded by the Luftwaffe Paratroop version.  A sport badge is mounted in the second set. There are also loops for a medal bar, which is included, consisting of the Austrian Anschluss medal and the Sudetenland medal. The tunic retains its Berlin tailor tag with the name of the original owner " Lt. A. Schwarzmann" and the date "8. October 1937".  The lining is stamped 'Geprüft 2.Pz. Abw. 11" which is crossed out and below is stamped "FIB" for "Fallschirm Infanterie Bataillon". Also included is an Army officer's aiguilette.   

Karl Alfred Markus Schwarzmann was a world class gymnast, having won 3 gold medals and 2 bronze medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin for Gymnastics, and a silver medal at the 1952 Olympics.  

He was awarded  the 1939 Iron Cross I. and II. Class on 25. May 1940 and the Ritterkreuz on 29. May 1940  during "Fall Gelb", the invasion of the low countries, Belgium, and France. He was also awarded the Wound Badge in Black during this action. He was subsequently awarded the 'Kreta' sleeve badge in 1942 and the 'Kreta' sleeve band in 1943. 

Knight Cross recipients' tunics are seldom found for sale on the market, and this is a rarity due to the fact that the Army Fallschirmjäger existed for only a short time before being absorbed by the Luftwaffe.