Apologies if I get anything wrong, and again everyone is more than welcome to share their own stuff here too.
Besides that, would anyone like me to make a thread for all the old BW splinter era and pre-1990 BGS photos I have? Between the two
I probably have a good 100+ or so that are just sitting in my reference folder otherwise. I can also make some for other countries like old
JSDF photos for example to keep my main item showcase threads more clear and save on some scrolling for people who are just interested in the items themselves.
Anyway, just a thought, here we go!
First up is a gorgeous, unissued brotbeutel. Dated 1963 IIRC. Cost me a pretty penny!
The BGS canteen/cup set with its strange leather/vinyl? carrier. I think 74 is the date there, made by PSL.
A pair of equipment straps, one made by MEGO in 1962 and the other by Larsen in 1963.
A mess kit strap, not marked BGS so I think it's actually a BW one, but I have it with my BGS webbing you'll see here shortly.
Made by H. Rooge in 1970. I didn't take a comparison shot but the mess kit strap is slightly longer than the equipment straps, which will
not fit around the mess kit.
FAL pouches. One was made by Max Stelzer, Berlin, in 1958, the other C. Riese, Berlin.
A mess kit, made by HSZ in 1979. Taller than the BW one, with a thin middle lid/tray. The old JSDF Type 1 mess kit is nearly identical to this style, which I'll
share in a future thread about the old JSDF webbings and equipment.
Suspenders/yoke, made by Max Stelzer in either 1967 or 1971, I think '71 by the way their stamps usually go but I'm not positive.
Sumpftarn rain poncho, tag missing unfortunately.
Rucksack, from Max Stelzer, Berlin, in 1955. Sadly quite worn with stains, a hole in the outer pocket, and one of the buckles
is missing from the left shoulder strap.
A pair of shoulder boards for a "Meister Im BGS" (Master in BGS).
A 1964 dated M53 Stahlhelm, with named/unit(?) written inside the liner. One end of the chinstrap was broken sadly as it is quite dried
out, so I fed and buckled over it to keep it in place. I also found the net for it later on, although the clips are quite rusted.
The first sumpftarn coat I got, only pic I have right now. In quite poor condition, typical demilling cuts and missing buttons, tag, and even
the rear D-rings were cut off.
My second coat, in much better but still demilled condition, dated Feb 1968.
The sumpftarn parka with pile liner, in amazing condition save for some stitched up demil cuts across the sleeve pocket flap. Otherwise immaculate.
Hard to ask for better condition these days with how expensive these are now. This one is even in my size!
And all the field equipment that I have together, on a regular leather BW parade belt standing in for the correct BGS web belt.
I have the poncho rolled up under the breadbag flap. I'm unsure however if the BGS used BW e-tools/carriers or if they had their own model
or used ones painted in their shade of forest green. Same goes for the GM54 gas mask/canister, unsure if they used regular BW issue ones or their own.
I currently lack the jackboots, green wool trousers, and the elusive sumpftarn zeltbahn to get this ensemble to a displayable level, unfortunately the last
zeltbahn I saw went for $350+.
And lastly for now, just for fun, a couple of Sturm/Mil-tec items.
An M43 feldmutze, that feels like it was made out of a zeltbahn or perhaps the shoulder raincape material off a sumpftarn coat,
and an MA-1 cut jacket ("BGS Fliegerjacke" according to the tag) that seems like it might have been made out of original material,
albeit sewn horizontally.
And that's all for now!