01-09-2015, 08:47 AM
01-09-2015 08:47 AM
01-09-2015, 06:36 PM
Thanks Doug , I look forward to getting your package !
Like a late Christmas gift ! You are a scholar and a gentleman .
01-10-2015, 05:54 PM
Fleckerlteppich Parka Kaz 57
Hi fellow collectors happy new year to you all.
Here I have what I understand to be a rare Austrian Fleckerlteppich Parka (KAZ 57) which was the first issue Parka, this one I bought at the end of last year but only arrived this week, as can be seen from the pictures the parka has a permanently fixed hood a features a collar, this model was originally manufactured with the brass coloured poppers , but some pebbled replacements have been added at some stage in various places. The strangest feature is the "carry handle" or strap within the Parka, I cannot work out what it is for,so if anyone know's I would be interested to find out more information?. There is a set of very feint markings "unit numbers/names", and a just as feint HBA marking, but I can just about make out the date of 1958. It has many repairs so has seen some service, and is faded considerably compared to my other Fleckerlteppich garments.
Hope you like my first piece of "camo" for 2015, and thanks for looking,regards
01-11-2015, 12:15 PM
01-11-2015, 12:27 PM
01-11-2015, 12:41 PM
01-11-2015, 01:20 PM
Hi Fellow collectors , I thought you might be interested in viewing this modified Desert DPM jacket, as can be seen from the pictures the modification is in the form of the hood being professionally attached, other than that it is standard. There are a number of intriguing clues to it's origins though, the RAF Wittering label ehich led to the following searches on the web:
Courtesy of RAF Wittering - RAF Station homepage
"RAF Wittering is home to a plethora of diverse units, including the Headquarters of the RAF’s expeditionary logistics force and Number 1 Force Protection Wing Headquarters, RAF Regiment."
"The RAF Regiment takes the lead on Force Protection (FP) for the RAF and is responsible for ensuring the protection of any deployed RAF assets. This could include anything from training other branches of the RAF to mounting aggressive patrols around an air base to deter any attackers. The RAF Force Protection Centre, located at the RAF Regiment's home at RAF Honington, provides specialist training and advice in all areas of Force Protection, and monitors the way in which the RAF Regt operates."
Incidentally the hood is made from a completely different material than the jacket and appears to have a name rank and unit that does not match the name/rank on the jacket's label...odd but nevertheless intriguing,
In conclusion I assume this was used /modified by an RAF Regiment serviceman, any queries would be most welcome,thanks for looking
01-11-2015, 01:35 PM
I have read that there was a variant of the Kaz57 produced for armoured troops and it's possible this one of them, i think the handle is there to help lift injured troops through vehicle hatches!....
It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.
I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...
01-11-2015, 01:43 PM
"I have read that there was a variant of the Kaz57 produced for armoured troops and it's possible this one of them, i think the handle is there to help lift injured troops through vehicle hatches!...."
Many thanks for looking and for the research you carried out Paul, this theory makes perfect sense as the handle does sit in between the shoulder blades when the parka is being worn, the material and stitching in this area is very sturdy too so again makes sense that a person could be dragged out of a burning vehicle by the handle...brilliant mate this could well be what the handle was intended for.
It is this type of information sharing and collaborative thinking that makes posting on this forum a joy, thanks again Mate
01-13-2015, 04:05 AM
Same concept as the WW2 Brit tankers "Pixie Suit" re the extraction straps.
I thought all these Austria covers were tank suits but I may be incorrect on that.
No extraction straps. Could the straps have been removed from later production runs as a cost cutting measure ?