German uniform found in ‘good condition’ under floorboards during house renovation

The jacket belonging to a Wehrmacht corporal from a mountain formation was discovered wrapped in an oiled cloth. Muzeum Regionalne w Lubaniu/Public domain

The uniform of a WWII German soldier has been found under the floorboards of a house during renovation works.

The jacket belonging to a Wehrmacht Lance Corporal was discovered wrapped in an oiled cloth in the town of Lubań, in the southeast of the country, which saw heavy fighting at the end of World War II.

Despite the passage of time and moths, the uniform was found in ‘satisfactory’ condition. Muzeum Regionalne w Lubaniu

Until 1945 a part of Germany, during WWII the Germans set up numerous forced labour camps in the town which was then called Lubaun, including  the notorious Wohnheimlager GEMA in which Polish and Russian women were imprisoned.

The jacket which had been lying under the man’s floorboards for 75 years belonged to the rank of Obergefreiter (Lance Corporal) and has been identified as a Feldbluse M36 uniform. 

The jacket which had been lying under the man’s floorboards for 75 years belonged to the rank of Obergefreiter (Lance Corporal) and has been identified as a Feldbluse M36 uniform.Muzeum Regionalne w Lubaniu

The standard issue jacket is a colour known as “field-grey”, the colour of German military uniforms at the time and the buttons contain the letters “MOTZ”, which stand for the company name Motz & Co, Metallwarenfabrik, Brandenburg an der Havel.

In 1945, the town became the site of one of Nazi Germany’s last victories. 

The ‘field unit’ jacket is the first of its kind to be found in the town.Muzeum Regionalne w Lubaniu

Taken by the advancing Red Army on February 16th 1945 as part of the Upper Silesian Offensive, the town was retaken in a counter attack on March 8th.

The jacket, the first of its kind to be found in the town, has now been handed over to the Regional Museum in Lubań, which described it as a ‘nice Christmas present’.

The Feldbluse M36 uniform seen here on German POWs was standard issue.Public domain

A museum spokesman said: “The uniform, hidden under the floor, lay undisturbed for 75 years. 

“Before hiding it, someone had additionally wrapped it in an oilcloth. 

The uniform will now undergo conservation and then be displayed as part of the exhibit dedicated to the Battle of Lauban (the German name for the town) during the war.Muzeum Regionalne w Lubaniu

"Although the uniform did not avoid contact with the moths, its condition can be assessed as satisfactory.”

He added: “This is the first Wehrmacht uniform known to us that can be directly related to the World War II history of Lubań to have been found on its territory.”

The uniform will now undergo conservation and then be displayed as part of the exhibit dedicated to the Battle of Lauban (the German name for the town) during the war.