The material of this shirt is thinner than the current flecktarn pattern.
CollectinSteve wrote:Yup, I'm always drawn to "expensive" features which don't make obvious sense. Nobody makes features like this by accident, therefore there's a purpose for it that we don't understand. In this case, I definitely don't understand it! The 6 holes look like something is supposed to button onto it. Odd.
There is a picture of a 1980s trials steel helmet which MIGHT (difficult to tell) have buttons on the band of the liner between the liner and the steel. If that's true, maybe the intention was to button it onto the liner? But if so, I'd expect those holes to be on the lowest edge of the cover instead of a few inches up. I'd also not see the purpose of the string if that were the case. So dunno!
Note, I am pretty sure the cloth is 100% Bundeswehr trials. My opinion is the cloth was a very early test run on cheap cloth in order to make sure the rollers were correctly made/adjusted, which is why white misprints are commonly seen. The cloth might also served to test colors because there are some very early test equipment in these same colors.
I know of one genuine Bundeswehr picture which appears to show a soldier in a similar colored uniform. Of course I can't find it right now
In any case, this cloth was never intended for production items. When production was started the surplus cloth was most likely sold to Sturm. They made scarfs, helmet covers, shirt, beret, M43 hat, winter hat (first time I've seen one is here!), and probably some other items. Interestingly, I've never seen trousers in this fabric. Probably because the cloth simply would not survive long.