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Article about: Good afternoon gents, Looking for a project I have set myself the task of reproducing a representation of an early KVP/NVA soldier in field dress. I have the idea that I want to represent th

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    Good afternoon gents,

    Looking for a project I have set myself the task of reproducing a representation of an early KVP/NVA soldier in field dress. I have the idea that I want to represent the "Blumentarn" pattern of combat dress but I find I am unsure of the introduction date of blumentarn which of course could make the difference between KVP or NVA.

    I think KVP would have used blumentarn as the zeltbahn I show here is MdI marked for late 1952 which is definately within the lifespan of the KVP (Jun '52 - Mar '56) but of course that marking denotes manufacture not actual issue. Anyone have a definate date?

    Anyway, it's a very good zelt. No damage and minimal wear for 67 year old fabric!
    The straps are MdI 1962 dated so they are most likely Volkspolizei Bereitschaft issue and I have seen VoPo in camouflage hiding at the side of an East German autobahn waiting to catch a speeding Trabant (most likely to congratulate the driver for his skill and courage!!!)

    I would appreciate any input re the dates etc and of course any comments on the zeltbahn.

    Blumentarn KVP / NVABlumentarn KVP / NVABlumentarn KVP / NVABlumentarn KVP / NVA

    Regards

    Mark
    PS If anyone can point me in the direstion of good pieces of blumentarn especially smock and trousers that would be great too!
    Last edited by Watchdog; 06-09-2019 at 05:23 PM. Reason: typo
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    Hello Mark,

    That is a very mint looking zelt indeed! While I do not specialize in this area, maybe these links could be helpful. They're in German, but Google Translate is your friend.

    http://www.tierfreunde-luebben.de/44101.html
    http://www.tierfreunde-luebben.de/46201.html


    -Joel

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    Thanks Joel, my German is just about good enough to read that. I will study it on my rest days later in the week!

    Regards

    Mark
    "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares more about than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature with no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

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    Hi Mark,

    I can't help you with the zeltbahn I'm afraid, but if you check eBay de on a regular basis, you will find plenty of Blumentarn jackets & pants on offer at reasonable prices - although like all early NVA equipment, prices are climbing. I posted my set on the forum back in July last year... put 'NVA Blumentarn combat suit' into the forum search engine and it should bring it up in all its glory.

    Cheers,
    Steve
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.... 'A Salford Pal: Pte Thomas Jay.'

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