Today I received a uniform that has been on the very top of my Must Have List for many, many years; a 1956 BW Fallschirmjäger Narrow Splintertarn uniform. Yippie
Despite having seen very nice pictures of the uniform before I purchased it, I missed the fact that the jacket is a type I have not seen before! After some more checking and double checking I have come to the conclusion that there are three distinctly different FJ uniforms:
1. Green Splinter (plastic zippers)
2. Blue Splinter (same as above, but with metal zippers)
3. Broad Splinter (different cut than above two)
Before today I've only seen Blue and Broad, never Green. Here are pictures of each:
Now I have to find a Blue Splinter top and a Green Splinter bottom. Maybe in another 10 years?
Here are pictures of the Green Splinter top, Blue Splinter bottom, and a Spanish 1st Model Paracaidista uniform. As you can see, the Spanish uniform (late 50s, early 60s) is an almost identical copy.