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    One of the interesting features... other than the Private piece is unit stamped, are the buttons on the front.

    Unlike the issue other ranks coat the buttons on the front are not functional. the functional buttons are hidden along the wearers right side....

    The reason for this is (apparently) that many of the men wearing these were possible candidates for Lt d. Res.... which would have required them to buy an officers overcoat....

    with this... if the NCO ever became an officer, the buttons in the middle were moved to the one side, and an extra row of buttons were added to the other side.... and there were no button holes down the middle to show it was once an coat for NCOs....

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    A Bavarian collector gave me a bit more infromation...

    It seems this is a typical Fähnrich set up. The Jäger wore the green shoulder boards well into WW1, so this is the tunic as it would have been worn by a Fähnrich during the first couple of years of the war.

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