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Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1949-Present From West Germany through to the modern reunified German Republic.

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Old 09-20-2019, 02:38 PM   #1171
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Kees,

The cuts in the back of the BGS jacket are done every time one of these jackets are disposed of. They usually cut off the pocket cover to remove the badges as well.

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Old 09-21-2019, 04:24 AM   #1172
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Yeah that's a standard damage to find, many jackets were destroyed when they went out of service. This one actually isn't too bad, especially repaired like that. Many are missing the entire armflap too, good that this still has it with both patches!
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Old 09-21-2019, 04:43 AM   #1173
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Even with the repairs it still looks ten times better than a Sturm repro.
A real "vintage" look shall we say.
Thanks for the replies.
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Old 09-21-2019, 05:57 PM   #1174
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I've had a couple of dozens of the 1967-1976 jackets and parkas in my hands over the years and have seen far more than that on eBay listings. There's lots of variations in the way the BGS demilled these uniforms, but here are the three main ones:

1. Cuts to the back and slashes to the arm pocket flap with badging still present
2. Cuts to the back and arm pocket flap cut off
3. Arm pocket flap removed, no other damage

Interestingly, a fair number of jackets and parkas slipped through without any damage at all. I've had examples that were well worn, others brand new. My guess is that when the BGS decided to discontinue camouflage entirely they didn't feel the need to spend money on demilling. I base this theory in part on the seemingly disproportionate 1975 production examples I've seen with no damage.

There are also far more demilled jackets and parkas out there than undamaged ones, but patience and watching eBay closely can pay off. It did for me

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