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Old 11-09-2008, 05:15 AM   #1
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It seems to be hard to find info on German Fernspäher insignia and gear (other than weapons). I'm soon ordering the Eyes on Target -book which should have something.

Also, I'm not sure which boots are in use with regular BW and what with Fernspäher. I've seen Bundeswehr combat boots made by Haix and KSK 3000 boots, but don't know if they are really used.

Does someone know what are the boots and the insignia?

If you can find some on http://www.asmc.de, all the better.

ANY info on Fernspäher appreciated.
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Old 11-09-2008, 10:33 AM   #2
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I don't know what insignia you're looking in special. I think I have some Beret Badges left. With the Boot's I have to ask a friend who is a Sniper in the BW. Not one of these funny guy's of the Paras who think they're snipers because they get the G3 with Scope. He's using the G22 and M82.
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:15 AM   #3
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At this point I'm looking for good images of ANY Fernspäher insignia: beret badges, unit markings, anything they might have on the arm and chest, vehicle markings if any...

I know the eagle+lightning symbol but don't know where it is used (beret badge of course but size, material & a good pic would be appreciated too). And they have a tag that has yellow

When/if I get to know what insignia one soldier might have, I'll start buying the real stuff or best lookalikes.
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:15 PM   #4
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The beret badge is a you described. It is metal. The beret looks like it should be maroon. For dress uniform, Kragenspiegel and Waffenfarbe on shoulderboards is gold, as is Litze for field jacket. Unit patch worn on left sleeve pocket.

Other insignia depends on rank/experience. Like any other BW personnel, they can wear up to 2 Tätigkeitsabzeichen above right breast pocket, but none are specific to Fernspähtruppen that I know about ("Personal im allgemeinen Heeresdienst" is fairly common). Leistungsabzeichen is rather standard, worn on left breast pocket. Correct current-issue insignia is all black stitching on oliv backround. Some insignia on asmc.de is fantasy pieces or mislabeled though.

Not sure if they qualify for Einzelkämpferzbzeichen or not. I am sure Nico knows.

Barettabzeichen:


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Old 11-10-2008, 05:10 AM   #5
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Thank you. That helped a lot. I found a few sites that have decent images of various insignia.

Are Tätigkeitsabzeichen usually metal or cloth, and when is camo background used? For some reason I think Fernspäher use the paratrooper branch tape.
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:18 AM   #6
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I assume you want to complete a field uniorm, so cloth Tätigkeitsabzeichen are what you want. Metal are for grey service jacket. From photos, camo backround is not currently used - I think maybe trial version from 1990s? No FJ branch tape - they are not jump qualified.

Cannot really help on boots, but I think regular BW are now using Kampfstiefel 2000 and phasing out the old black Kampfstiefel from 1980s/90s.

btw after 2007 Fernspäher combined with Panzeraufklärungstruppe to form Heeresaufklärungstruppe, so techinically they are no longer distinct unit.

New Aufklärer Barettabzeichen (worn on black barett):


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