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Tailor Made WWII 1st Division Officer MP Uniform
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A custom made uniform for an infantry officer of the 1st Infantry Division, the uniform almost certainly having been made for the officer shortly after the end of the war when the officer was serving on occupation duty in Germany. The uniform is comprised of a custom tailored Ike jacket and trousers. The jacket has on the left shoulder a German-made patch of the 1st Infantry Division. The shoulders carry pin back rank insignia of a Major and the screw back distinctive insignia of the 26th Infantry Regiment. Above the left pocket is a German-made ribbon bar comprised of painted ribbons covered by clear plastic. The ribbons reflect the award of the American Defense Medal; the American Campaign Medal; the European Campaign Medal; the Victory Medal; and the World War II Occupation Medal. The fourragere of the French Croix de Guerre is worn on the left shoulder. On the lower left sleeve are three bullion overseas stripes reflecting 18 months service outside of the United States. The lapels carry the insignia of an infantry officer. On the left sleeve is a Military Police armband that is made of chenille embroidery on a blue wool band, with the embroidery reflecting that the Military Police unit was one that was specific to the 26th Infantry Regiment. During the occupation of Germany the 26th Infantry provided personnel to serve as guards during the Nuremberg trials, and it may be that this infantry officer was involved in those duties. The trousers perfectly match the material of the Ike jacket. The jacket has a quilted olive green lining, and this was obviously a custom made uniform, and not simply a modified issue uniform. The jacket and trousers are in excellent condition, showing few signs of wear or use.