Preußen Infantry Regiment 163
Issued M15 Mannschaften (Other Ranks) Mantel (Greatcoat)
Mannschaften (Other Ranks) issue M1915 Mantel (Greatcoat) from Schleswig-Holsteinisches Inf. Regt. Nr. 163 Neumünster IX. Armee-Korps. The Mantel is a regulation issue Model 1915 feldgrau wool with apple green collar. The cuffs are a deep turned-back similar to the M15 Bluse. The linen interior shows evidence of numerous issue markings and dates but they are very difficult to make out.
Like the M1915 Bluse, shoulder straps on the M1915 greatcoat were sewn onto the outside seam of the shoulder. Buttons are grey painted metal and are of the M1915 rimless pattern. The shoulder straps are the M1915 pattern and are sewn directly to the shoulder seam.
Typical to issue Greatcoats it has cloth tabs to close the deep fold-over collar.
The rear of the greatcoat showing the adjustable belt secured by one large button. Note the large pleat in the center of the back.
A close-up of the rear belt. Note the cloth loops along the side which allowed the user to clip the bottom hem of the coat in these loops to keep it out of the mud. Along the bottom hem of the coat are metal hooks for this purpose.