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Each pair of East German grey breeches offered by Keepshooting.com is an authentic piece of East German military surplus. As such, these breeches were originally designed for and would have been issued to those serving in the Nationale Volksarmee, otherwise known as the "National People's Army" of the German Democratic Republic, commonly known as East Germany.
Despite being considered military surplus, each pair of East German grey breeches appear to be completely unissued and unused. As such, these breeches remain in excellent to like-new condition, and are ready to begin a life of service stateside.
As noted, each pair of East German grey breeches appear to be unissued, meaning each is also free from the typical rips, tears and stains that often plague previously issued military surplus clothing. Surprisingly, they even lack that familiar military surplus smell, a quality that stems from what we can only assume was proper storage. Still, prospective buyers should expect to wash each pair of breeches prior to use, and should not expect every piece to be without fault. Those looking for a unique piece of East German military history or an inexpensive addition to their reenactment gear will find the East German grey breeches an excellent choice.
That said, each pair of East German grey breeches features a polyester/wool construction for comfort and durability. The breeches are secured via a button fly, but also feature internal rings for optional suspenders, as well as comfort-fit adjustment straps at the waistband for a custom fit. In addition to what has been listed, these pants feature a pleated front and button-adjustable ankle cuffs for a more fitted approach. These features join a series of three pockets that include: two slash hand pockets and a single button-flap rear pocket.
Too small for me (I wear Size 33 pants - ordered M48-34") so I am gave it to my wife. She said the extra "slaps" make her butt looks big, so we will have it altered. Wish it was larger for me. The sizing option is incorrect and why I am giving 3 stars for "Value". The quality is military grade. M48 is more like 30".
These breeches are an excellent value. Their condition is truly exceptional; I got my first pair from another provider and was VERY used. I have a 36in waist so I ordered an SG52 (38 in wast) and they would barely close on me. Hope that the material can stretch some! If you have big calves, be willing to do some alterations; even then would be well worth it.
They're riding breeches, so they have the thigh flaps jutting out like elephant ears; in this case our defunct DDR designers basically took a nice pair of pleated wool slacks and added some curves to the outside seams. They are the color of the photograph, which gives new meaning to the description of "grey."
Why one would need them is unclear to me - why one would want them is obvious. No need for a CCW when wearing riding breeches, as everyone will steer clear of you.
European sizing is odd, and the Medium turns out to be a 32" waist with a pre-buttoned adjustment to 34." The length is also 32," give or take a bit. The bottoms of the legs button close in, and they're cut tight below the knee. The rear pocket has a flap and button to keep one's wallet secure.
Like most surplus items, this needs to be washed as soon as it's out of the shipping box. It comes with a special smell that is unlike normal military surplus - maybe it was stored with some sort of insecticide or possibly just picked up the stench of failed social/economic/political systems. The laundry markings are inscrutable, so I set the washer on medium/cold heat and it went through without resizing it to 4T.