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The East German Army during the height of the Cold War was once one of the largest standing military forces in the world. With the location of the former East Germany being central along the border between the West and the Soviet Union this territory was seen as one of the most likely paths for any ground war. Recognizing the importance of this area, the East German government built their forces up to be able to defend or attack depending upon the circumstances.
This importance led the East German Government to place an emphasis on producing quality materials for use by the East German Army. While most armed forces manufactured uniforms to the minimum standards, the East German army produced uniforms that would stand up to the abuse of combat conditions. These work jackets are a great example of this dedication to quality as 30 years after being produced they look as good as they did when first made. The materials are still as strong today as they were when first issued, the stitching is flawless on all seams, and all buttons remain for closing pockets or adjusting cuffs. Considering the amount of time that has passed, the conditions of the fall of East Germany, and the turmoil with the break up of the Soviet Union if these were typical military work jackets they wouldn't be suitable for wearing much less in "near new" condition.
|Manufacturer||German Army Surplus|
This is a light jacket excellent for early autumn. The fabric is tough and it has a beefy collar. It has two chest pockets with flaps and button closures [two buttons each]. The wrist openings are adjustable with a button and loop, which is different. It has buttons surrounding the collar used to add a hood. I would like to find that hood for purchase. The jacket has two embroidered holes over each shoulder for ventilation, which is really cool. The fabric by the way is water resistant [water droplets seem to roll off]. Finally, over the right shoulder there is a small loop used for rank insignia or the likes, but it works awesome to store your sunglasses [put one leg through the loop]. The styling of the jacket is fantastic. Fits like a stylish shirt from some fancy mall store. Another great deal from KS.
Sturdy canvas-like material. Good fit even for a slim guy like me. Excellent work shirt for an unbeatable price.
I thought this would be the Zivil Verteidigung jacket, but it has the holes and loop for shoulder boards so I'm thinking this must have been for the construction battalions, the lowest on the NVA pecking order. In any case, a good looking and well made item.
These are made of a study cotton material and don't have the fussy arm pockets found on the other models of the KG uniform. I think these were work dress or something. Very good chore jackets!