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Article about: I was going through my tunics the other day and decided to have a change on the mannequin. This tunic is an unissued 1966 dated example, and generally the condition is excellent... no holes

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    I was going through my tunics the other day and decided to have a change on the mannequin. This tunic is an unissued 1966 dated example, and generally the condition is excellent... no holes to the cloth - although there are small patches where the nap has gone. The schiffchen is a 1965 dated example, and the stitching on the lederkoppel indicates that this is the first pattern. Click on images to enlarge.

    Cheers,
    Steve


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    A nice setup! It's been great to see more East German gear on the forum as of late. A real breath of fresh air.

    Regards, B.B.
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    That sure is a nice setup. A beautiful tunic
    Regards, Rik

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    Lovely Steve, wish I could add similar to my lot!
    Regards
    René

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    Quote by reneblacky View Post
    Lovely Steve, wish I could add similar to my lot!
    Hi Rene,
    This was my very first purchase of DDR gear back in 2016. I paid £59 for it, and last night I had a look on 'eBay de' to see if they were still being sold. There are still this pattern on there , but not one single example from 1966. They are virtually all 1970 or later, and you won't get one for £59 either!

    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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    Quote by HARRY THE MOLE View Post
    Hi Rene,
    This was my very first purchase of DDR gear back in 2016. I paid £59 for it, and last night I had a look on 'eBay de' to see if they were still being sold. There are still this pattern on there , but not one single example from 1966. They are virtually all 1970 or later, and you won't get one for £59 either!

    Cheers,
    Steve
    I know and I missed out!
    Regards
    René

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    Lovely display indeed, wish it had cuff bars though. Glad to see that the markings are still relatively visible on your tunic, on most older 60's examples they have completely faded out!

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    Quote by reneblacky View Post
    I know and I missed out!
    Prices of the early gear is really shooting up as more and more collectors are latching on to it. My own thoughts are that the spiralling prices of TR gear is putting it out of the reach of many collectors now, and they are seeking alternatives. It has been said that the NVA was the last 'true' German army, and they kept many of the old traditions alive. TR gear holds little interest to me these day's, but I find the DDR militaria quite interesting.

    Someone has said that the collectors who failed to jump on the TR collecting bandwagon back in the 1960's when it was relatively cheap, should make sure that they don't make the same mistake again with the DDR militaria... and how right they were.

    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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    Very nice tunic Steve! Thanks for sharing it!

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