Identifying a WW2 German Uniform

Apr 2018
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India
Don't think so. Neither the shoulder patches not the collar tabs match with any of those listed.

The uniform is very similar to those of Deutsches Reichsbahn. The no. 4 on collar tabs is probably the paygrade.


My assumption is that the uniform was that of a metropolitan transport service like KVG in Kiel (since he was from Schleswig-Holstein) or Rheinbahn in Dusseldorf. I guess some of these are old enough to exist back in those days.
 

Nemowork

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Jan 2011
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Unfortunately the writing is not legible. There is a dagger/holster. The number 4 on the collar is something I cannot find any reference to either. Thanks for chiming in!
Unfortunately the Nazis had an obsession with daggers, they were presented for everything imaginable.

The Eagle on the hat definitely isn't military for the Wehrmacht or SS. The collar tabs are similar to the style for the SA who had that dashed border and standarten numbers.

The shoulder boards do seem to be similar to Reichsbahn but the eagles and collar insignia are wrong, one possibility i was thinking is Bahnschutzpolizei but again the collar tabs and hat insignia are wrong.
 

sparky

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Jan 2017
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The cap has what seems to be a winged wheel symbol ,
this led me to my first guess as rail employed , but the ReichBahn didn't use it , the Italians used it ?
 

Nemowork

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This is continuing to baffle me.

The jacket has a WW1 look to the collar, the shoulder boards could be Reichsbahn but could also be early version of the SS

The belt and dagger are pure SS style but it has a civilian belt buckle

The hat has a German eagle but it doesnt have the swastika under it but the circular badge could either be the reichbahne wheel or the WW1 army cockade.

The collar tabs are pure SA style with the Standarte number.

The uniform could be either dark blue or black so thats no hint.

The cuff title is unreadable.

If its some sort of early composite SS uniform then Standarte 4 is based in altona, Hamburg which is only an hours drive away from Lubeck.

However, early SA and SS uniforms only used one shoulder board to keep the cross belt in place, if it was one of the Allgemeine SS uniforms where part time unpaid volunteers were assembling their own outfits on a budget that would make sense but he wouldnt have two shoulder boards.
 
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