This time however, I will be doing a separate post for my BGS stuff afterwards, and keeping this thread solely for the BW items
as I think BGS kit deserves its own recognition, and after doing my South African dump thread I realized I probably should have separated
the Homelands items from the SADF/SANDF and SAP/SARP stuff.
Anyway, here we go!
Starting off with the itchy wool "Filzlous" uniform, with a coat whose date and maker I forgot, that had an American baseball card and someone's
phone number and address written on a piece of paper in the pocket, a pair of trousers dated 3-1962, and the side cap dated 1967.
Naturally I forgot to take a pic of the whole set together and some new pics of the coat.
A set of the beloved "Splinter" camouflage, in pretty typical condition.
The jacket's tag is a bit too faded to read the maker or date, but is named to "Pi. Houl" of "6. Gruppe".
Fairly worn and shredded but overall surprisingly not really missing many buttons or pieces. The hood is not original to the jacket,
it's a pretty crispy condition one I purchased separately from another collector and added to it for display.
The trousers appear to have been made by "RKK" in II/56. Sadly the trousers suffered an even harder life than the jacket;
it appears someone cut off both the leg cargo pockets to patch some massive holes and tears in the legs. Besides that and the heavy
fading and a couple missing buttons it's otherwise fairly intact.
An interesting "Amoebatarn" zeltbahn. I can't find any makers mark or date, but this one is in pretty good condition.
It has been curiously modified, however. A savvy tailor or soldier with a lot of free time cut a neck shaped arc in one side of the zeltbahn,
and cut and sewed the carrying bag to fit into the arc to work as a permanent reversible hood when wearing the zelt as a poncho. The name "Herbst" appears to be written on it.
I also have an empty pole bag for it, made by VWS in 1956.
A curious pullover smock made out of an amoebatarn zelt, with two patch chest pockets and a drawstring sewn to the hem.
There's remnants of Wehrmacht insignia having been sewn onto the left sleeve and collar at one point, so I'm guessing it was somebody's old
WW2 reenactment or movie thing.
A compression bandage, dated April 1963.
A very cool helmet and one of my favorite groupings I've ever come across, this is a West German copy of the US M1938 tanker helmet, sometimes called the
"USAEURO" helmet. I purchased this from a man who in turn received it from a BW tank commander when he had retired, along with
a pair of US SWD goggles he had worn with it, and his unit patches and pocket fobs from units he served in.
It's a size 60 and I recall there being a 67 somewhere on it, possibly the date?
From what I've read, apparently the failed 1956 rollout of the US T56-6 tanker helmet to replace their M38 helmets which they had already
ceased production of caused a shortage of tanker helmets for US tankers, leading to many having to use the German copies until the T56-6 finally
rolled out sometime around 1961.
It also came with a pair of tinted goggle lens with very short velcro tabs on the side for attaching them that don't go to the SWD's, but
I annoyingly seem to have misplaced the pic, I'll take another of them later to see if anyone can ID them.
And his unit patches and pocket fobs, starting with the School of Armored Combat Troops (SgepKpfTr) where he taught recruits
10th Panzer Division
8th Mountain Tank Battalion "Gebirgs-Panzerbataillon 8"
10th Tank Destroyer Company (Panzerjägerkompanie 10)
And a Shiloh Training Camp fob, from when he did joint training there.
Now some 60's-80's webbing and field equipment, starting with a bread spread/condiment/butter can dated V-1964.
A later model breadbag, dated 4-1983 with an illegible name.
A pair of canteen/cup sets, some mixed parts but one canteen is dated 1968 and the other 1982
An Esbit stove, named to Pierre. Not sure if dates can be discerned from these.
A bi-folding E-tool with pick end, dated 1964 with its leather carrier.
A field webbing pack, made by M.S.L. in 10-1962.
A basic set of belt, suspenders/yoke, and earlier style G3 magazine pouches from their 60's-70's Koppeltragegestell/Koppeltragesystem,
sometimes nicknamed the ''Titten-Tragegestell'' webbing.
I didn't take detailed photos of any of these parts unfortunately, so I'll have to do that sometime in the future.
A set of the late model magazine pouches, made of a thicker rubber and more rigid than the earlier models.
A Kampfmesser 68, made by HSK in 1970. Named to "Bie". From what I've heard, these weren't all that well liked. I was always
puzzled why the BW did not issue a knife-type bayonet for the G3 like Norway did. I've read that they existed, but I have never seen one.
And the webbing pieces together, nearing a complete set, close enough that I'd like a mannequin to display it all on with a uniform.
Unfortunately the pic with the KM68 turned out blurry.
A very cool GM54 "Gummimaske 54" (Rubber Mask 1954), dated 1962 and I think was made by Auer.
It is very similar to the WW2 GM30/38 masks, and has a metal carrying canister that is slightly larger but still very similar to the WW2 types.
It also came with the original FE 55 filter, although they are known to contain asbestos.
Unfortunately the rubber coating of the mask is starting to suffer from permanent setting, and I didn't have my foam display head before I took these pics.
The canister also unfortunately does not have any of the accessories that would come with the kit.
An M62 Stahlhelm, dated 1981. I also bought a net and pair of folding tinted goggles for it. The goggles were made by Winter in 1966,
and the case is named to Herter. The goggles and their case are a near copy of the WW2 Augenschützer 42 folding goggles, as are several other similar copies
used by countries like Sweden and the Netherlands.
I also have a reversible Flecktarn/snow cover for this, but haven't taken a pic of it yet.
A very cool, highly personalized Helm1a1ll or M1A1LL (Also sometimes called M1971/M71) "Luftlandetruppe" Airborne Stahlhelm.
This one belonged to a man who had a lot of time and jumps under his belt. It is named to a "Krager" of the LLPiKp 260 "Luftlandepionierkompanie 260"
(Airborne Pioneer Company), and he also marked the number of jumps he made and from what aircraft:
13 from a Transall C-160
7 from a "CH" (Probably a CH-53G)
3 from a "Bell" (Probably a UH-1D)
For a total of 23 jumps.
I can't find a manufacturer or date but we can guess it was used in the 80's; he acquired a US woodland M1 cover for it, and what looks like
maybe a French(?) "salad" ghillie camo net cover, and sealed them both on with an old tire inner tube in true Cold War era fashion. He also
attached some sort of reflective silver material to the rear, which the camera flash caught and made appear white.
A couple of berets, both Bamberger Mutzen-Industrie made, V/85 for the maroon and V/1983 for the red
Both badges missing unfortunately.
An orange Luftwaffe Fliegerkombi, 1978. My dad stationed in West Germany in the late 70's/early 80's said most German pilots he saw
were wearing these along with their gray leather fliegerjacke.
Now, some good ol' moleskin items
First, a parka with the liner, dated 1975. I only have this one pic for now. One flag was cut off, annoyingly.
It's a somewhat earlier version with an exposed button front.
A fourth(?) model shirt, dated 1980. Old pic
Side/service cap, 1977. Very old pic.
A Luftwaffe moleskin service shirt, with insignia to an Airman Hoffmann of the 36th JaBoG (Jagdbombergeschwader/Fighter-Bomber Wing) ''Westfalen'', dated 9-1976.
Another service shirt, no insignia, 1988.
Trousers, not sure which model and the tag is gone unfortunately.
M43 style Feldmütze, dated May 1984.
Not moleskin but related, a Gebirgsjäger M43, dated 1988.
Full "sets" with the coat and the two service shirts.
Posted in the dedicated thread but I'll throw it again here, a 1982 "dated" TSR/Sturm feldmutze in the 80's trials bright,
lime colored flecktarn. Very thin material, poorly sewn, with visible printing errors.
A pair of trousers from the 1984 Truppenversuch, which tested different materials IIRC. These are the Model B, which are a
heavy cotton/wool blend.
And to end for today, a flecktarn shirt from the 1988 Truppenversuch, or Erprobung as the tag dictates.
The 88 trials were for the new cut of the uniform, of which this was from the Model B uniform cut.
Quite unique as you can see; it has all button features, no epaulets, high shoulder flag patches, velcro sleeve rank insignia (quite
forward thinking when you look at it!) no sleeve field dressing pocket, and buttons and straps to roll the sleeves.
Sadly, while this shirt at one point did have a plethora of insignia including the flags, name, ranks, and some skill/occupation badges, they've
all been cut off this example.
Here's a neat short video of Fallschirmjager in 1993, showing several of the Truppenversuch '88 uniforms in action.