The definitive WWII Luftwaffe fighter pilots jacket, as worn by Eric Hartmann, the highest scoring fighter ace of all time: 'The Hartmann®'.
This product has recently been revamped with a slightly adjusted, even trimmer cut and is now available in an amazing premium quality nappa. This new leather will leave you absolutely drooling with pleasure the moment you put it on. The top texture is butter soft, whilst the handle is firm enough that you'd expect in practical garment like this. Due to the more forgiving nature of nappa we were able to adjust the cut without sacrificing any comfort, so it can be worn just like Hartmann did - indeed you will find this style even more comfortable than it ever has been.
Eric Hartmann was accredited with 352 aerial victories during his service with the Luftwaffe in WWII. Known as the 'Blonde Knight of Germany', his ability in aerial combat was astounding. Awarded countless times for his skill and bravery he was eventually bestowed with the highest decoration for combat in the German armed forces; the Knights Cross, with oak-leaves, swords and diamonds.
In archive images from the period he can often be seen wearing a short leather jacket. Many Luftwaffe fighter pilots had these style jackets, with one in particular that was especially popular; a French made garment often referred to as a 'cyclists' jacket.
They were produced by a number of companies throughout the 30s and early 40s as an everyday lightweight all-purpose practical jacket for work or casual use. Each manufacturer had their own subtle way of shaping collar points, pocket flaps, angle of the zips, side fasteners etc, but the basic design was the same. One detail in particular that stands out, and is unique to these jackets, is a unique 'razor-blade' style buckle.
It wasn't long after the outbreak of WWII and the invasion of France that German fighter pilots found this style jacket very suitable for their purpose.
Our reproduction of this style is faithful to the original jacket worn by Hartmann in every detail. We have even had the 'razor' buckle reproduced, to ensure the utmost authenticity.
'Hartmann®' is a registered trademark of Eastman Leather Clothing
Available in sizes 36 - 48.