The M-1915 Friedensrock tunic was the last style of tunic introduced by Germany. Primarily it was intended to be the forward peace uniform which Germany intended as a dress tunic after the end of the war which Germany fully intended to win in 1915 when the tunic was introduced. This style of uniform is greatly prized by collectors as it is by far the most beautiful and elegant tunic that came from Imperial Germany.
Our very special offering is the M-1915 Friedensrock of Prinz Heinrich of Bavaria (1884-1916). He was the only son of Prinz Arnulf of Bavaria (1852-1907) the youngest son of Prinz Regent Luitpold. Prinz Heinrich was educated by a Joseph Himmler. The elder Himmler and Prinz Heinrich established a very close relationship and Heinrich was asked for permission by Himmler to name his second son after Heinrich. This permission was granted by Prinz Heinrich and he became Godfather to young Heinrich Himmler a key member of the inner circle to Adolf Hitler during the Third Reich period and the head of the dreaded SS. Prinz Heinrich was often a guest in the Himmler home where he saw the young Himmler grow.
Prinz Heinrich was posted to the Leib-Infanterie-Regiment the most elite infantry regiment in the Bavarian army. In June 1915 he was promoted to Major of the regiment. He was later posted to the Eastern Front where he commanded a Battailone. He was killed in action in November 1916. The tunic is in excellent condition and is of the highest quality feldgrau wool. This tunic is fully attributed to him which includes his name on a tailor‘s label and another label which states the name of the tailor in Munich. The tunic has the shoulder boards for a Major in the Leib-Infanterie-Regiment. He took delivery of this tunic in May 1916 just five months before his death. It is doubtful that he wore this magnificent tunic more than a handful of times before his posting to Romania where he died.
Overall condition of the tunic is excellent with a small number of moth nips. M-1915 Friedensrock tunics are difficult to find, especially at the officer level. To find one to a major in the most elite Bavarian infantry regiment is a major plus!
This is an amazing piece of history from a member of the Bavarian royalty.