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Is this coat original ?

Article about: Hi all Just found this great site after trying to figure out if this coat my husband has had for years is authentic or not. He purchased it about 25 years ago from a war memorabilia shop. Ha

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    Hi all

    Just found this great site after trying to figure out if this coat my husband has had for years is authentic or not. He purchased it about 25 years ago from a war memorabilia shop.

    Has grenztruppen der ddr written across the left wrist which I google translates to 'East German Boarder Troops'. Very heavy. Not sure if it's a size but there is 'K44' printed on the tag.

    Any insight would be great! ThanksClick image for larger version. 

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    Hi Hayley, welcome to the Forum. I can't see why it would
    not be original - Though it's likely a surplus item from
    the 70's/80's.

    I moved your thread to 'Nationale Volksarmee'.........
    Last edited by Walkwolf; 05-26-2016 at 12:03 AM.
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Wiki is your friend

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border...ratic_Republic

    So German border patrol


    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    never seen a black one! looks like it's been dyed

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    Quote by reneblacky View Post
    never seen a black one! looks like it's been dyed
    Yes I agree. There was a "naval" version but the colour was much better than this and of course the main giveaway here is that the cufftitle is completely the wrong colour because whatever was done to the coat was done with the title attached.

    This is not at all uncommon in the area of youth fashion such as "Grunge" "Punk" etc

    and I often cringe when I see otherwise collectible camouflage items dyed yellow, blue, red, orange etc etc

    The coat should a mid - light grey and the cuff title should be a fairly bright green often called "Border guard green" as this was the "Waffenfarbe" or arm of service colour used by the Grenzschutztruppen (Border Protection Troops) also known as the GST.

    I think IIRC that the k44 mark is a size with the k standing for "kurz" or short in English.

    Here is a quick snap of the grey and green colours we should be seeing here;

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    I hope this helps

    Regards

    Mark
    Last edited by Watchdog; 05-26-2016 at 10:40 AM. Reason: typo
    "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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    I have to agree with Rene' and Mark on the dark colouration ,nice grouping too Mark

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