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    East German field coat

    Post by Gemini on Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:54 am

    what I believe to be a east German coat.Bought it from some old man from the fle market.He said his brother had got it while sationed in Germany.Strange thing,one of the buttons was replaced with....a paper one? lol! Also on the inside some of the buttons are gray when there suppose to be brown.The linside has some weird orange spots,storage damage?.Over all great coat.Warm as hell,even though I do not have the liner or fur caller!
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    Re: East German field coat

    Post by Sarge on Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:50 am

    Yep, NVA. Should be a white size tag in the neck and a large ink stamp marking on the inside.
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    Re: East German field coat

    Post by Gemini on Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:46 am

    NVA?North vietnamese army!Not seeing an ink stamp but there is a white tag.Says M 48.Could the stamp be on the liner?Also do you know what the littel loops are for?
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    Re: East German field coat

    Post by Sarge on Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:58 am

    Nope the other NVA = National Volks Armee or east German.
    Ink stamp should be on either the left or right brest, inside. Liner should also be marked. Lg block letters NVA and other stuff below it.
    Yours is a Small size, the smallest was 44. The letter(s) before the number had meaning, but I forget what.
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    Re: East German field coat

    Post by Gemini on Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:48 pm

    I looked again..no stamp.Im thinking whatever thoes orange spots are must have removed or hidden it.Are these rare?cause I got it for the low price of 5 dollars!
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    Re: East German field coat

    Post by CollectinSteve on Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:36 pm

    This is a standard DDR field coat. Probably NVA, but it could be MdI (Ministry of the Interior). Stamps are located on the left breast inside pocket area. It should say NVA or MdI plus a date code and usually a size.

    M48 is roughly equal to a US Medium/Regular. The "M" represents the length. There's SG, G, M, K, SK from what I remember.

    Very common, not worth much. I have a spare collar lying around somewhere, but these things are sized to fit the jacket. The one I have is probably good for a 48. I don't know when I'll come upon it again, however I'll put it aside when I do.


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    Re: East German field coat

    Post by Gemini on Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:52 pm

    Thanks,that would be killer!How much for it?
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    Re: East German field coat

    Post by Flecktarn92 on Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:32 am

    The loops, if I am not mistaken, are for shoulder boards and ranks/patches.
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    Re: East German field coat

    Post by Gemini on Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:49 am

    Yes,I saw a picture of one fully deck out,that is what they are for.I always wondered how they got the shoulder boards on.
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    Re: East German field coat

    Post by Camo_fiend on Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:56 am

    Gemini wrote:Are these rare?cause I got it for the low price of 5 dollars!
    $5 for a jacket is about the going rate when you can find them, at least around here. A surplus store about an hour from me had so much East German camo last time I visited, that they were selling it 2 for $5!

    In the post-Iron Curtain era of the 1990s, there was a lot East German surplus kit flooding the market; lots of interesting items could be had for next to nothing... Cheaper Than Dirt & Sportsman's Guide literally had freight containers of East German stuff. Every surplus, Army/Navy, and camping store I can remember being in as a kid had East German something or other.

    This of course was before I ever started collecting, so it was just musty old army kit to me at the time... I wish some of the cooler East German stuff would show up that cheap nowadays. Laughing


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