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    Is this a real german rain pattern camo?

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    Post by Haydamaka on Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:30 am

    Yeah, I see.
    Such Blumentarn cap could definitely be the highlight of any DDR NVA collection!
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    Post by CollectinSteve on Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:21 pm

    Glad to see this thread alive again Wink

    Since this thread started I've learned quite a bit about this uniform.  Here's something I dug up to contribute.  It is from http://www.fallschirmjaeger-nva.de:

    1962: „Der Kampfanzug für Aufklärer, vom 1. August 1961 bis zum 31. Januar 1962 in der Erprobung, wird an die Aufklärer, an die Angehörigen des Fallschirmdienstes der Luftstreitkräfte sowie an die Fallschirmjäger ausgegeben. Der normale Kampfanzug und die einteilige Sprungkombination entfallen somit. Der neue Kampfanzug besteht aus einer Jacke und Hose aus Dederonmischgewebe und ist im Vierfarbdruck, auch Flächendruck genannt, hergestellt. Bis dahin entsprechen Bewaffnung und Uniform der Fallschirmjäger denen der Mot.-Schützen.“ Quelle (Text leicht abgewandelt): Homepage Fallschirmjäger-Traditionsverband Ost e. V.

    Vorsicht! Es tauchen immer wieder Fälschungen von Fallschirmjäger-/ Aufklärerjacken auf. Hierbei handelt es sich meist um Jacken der Kapuzenserie von denen die Kapuze abgetrennt und durch einen Bündchenkragen ersetzt wurde. Diese Falsifikate erkennt man aber leicht an dem fehlenden seidenartigen Innenfutter, der fehlenden Ellenbogenpolsterung, der zweiteiligen Rückenpartie und der vorhandenen Schulterabschlußnaht.

    The first paragraph speaks of the introduction of an experimental uniform for airborne units between August 1961 and January 1962.  The distinctive feature of the jacket is knit collar and two pockets per sleeve, with the upper right pocket being pleated.

    The second paragraph warns about what I mentioned earlier in this thread... fakes.  Specifically taking the standard hooded type, cutting the hood out, and sewing in a knit collar from one of the Strichtarn FJ uniforms.

    The above info is taken from an earlier version of the website that I have archived on my harddrive.  It contained a lot more information and a large number of closeup pictures of the uniform and field pictures from the 1960s.  Unfortunately neither site talks about the years of production.

    Not surprisingly, one reason these uniforms are so rare (besides being made in small numbers) is they were worn for years after.  A couple of the pictures is from 1967 and 1968, as identified because of other items in the picture that didn't exit before then.  This is very similar to the Bundeswehr FJ Splittertarn uniforms, which were also made in small numbers and worn for 10+ years after they were manufactured.  I even had one that was worn by two US Army Rangers in the 1970s!!  No uniform is designed to take that amount of use.

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    Post by CollectinSteve on Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:06 am

    I forgot to say the site mentions that there are no stamps in these items. My guess is that's because they were experimental, as also mentioned. The DDR loved to stamp things, that is for sure!

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    Post by Haydamaka on Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:30 am

    CollectinSteve wrote:The DDR loved to stamp things, that is for sure!
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    As a person born in USSR, and an ex-owner of Soviet passport, I can just repeat the words of comrade Stalin:
    "Socialism means registration and checking!". ;-)

    DDR had the same system, even more strict in some issues.

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