09-01-2015 10:22 PM
Hi Perspectivist, welcome to the BW sub forum !
Your tropentarn field jacket was a bargain at $20 especially with insignia and velcro insignia base's, extremely difficult to find them with these items fitted, many are "New Old Stock" or used examples and are usually stripped by the BW surplus departments prior to disposal !
The Name tapes came in around 1979.......unless the unit is known it will be difficult to trace the former owner.
The "Germany" rockers are not an ISAF addition, they were introduced in the early 1990's when the BW started to Police international hotspots whilst on UN duty, Somalia being one of the first places to see them worn followed by wars in the former Yugoslavia and ultimately Afghanistan....like the name tapes they can be found with Oliv, Flecktarn and Tropentarn backgrounds.
When I return from my vacation in a couple of weeks I will dig out some of my cammo uniforms with original badges and show...............
Prost ! Steve.
"The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)
Thanks for the warm welcome! That is some interesting information, and yes I did get very lucky with this one. I look forward to seeing your examples.