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Photographic evidence of the Wachmantel (?)
Old 10-11-2018, 02:28 PM   #1
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Default Photographic evidence of the Wachmantel (?)

This photograph of a 1960s NVA soldier on guard duty arrived today.
Rather interestingly, his coat sports plain cuffs, a plain collar and lacks shoulder insignia.

Could this be the elusive Wachmantel?
It's possible that our man is simply wearing an up-to-date air force coat (hence the plain collar and lack of french cuffs), but that wouldn't explain the abscence of shoulder boards.

What say you, Genossen?

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Old 10-12-2018, 06:48 PM   #2
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Looks like a Wachmantel to me, the first pic I've seen of one in use. Nice catch!

The resolution isn't very high but it looks like there are no provisions for shoulder boards, so I don't think it's merely an Air Force Mantel without boards.

It's too bad the front pockets aren't visible - that would clinch it for sure.
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:01 PM   #3
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He's got some messed up fingers and a face.
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