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Article about: Hi all. I picked this up today at a local market. Compared to my recently aquired West German Luftwaffe cap, the quality does look a bit "cheap". Do they all look this way, or do I

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    Hi all.

    I picked this up today at a local market.

    Compared to my recently aquired West German Luftwaffe cap, the quality does look a bit "cheap".
    Do they all look this way, or do I have something from the dressing up box?

    Any info would be appreciated. What would be a likely date of manufacture?

    Many thanks,

    Brian.
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    Hello,
    You have an original ddr airforce cap.
    It's missing the strap but looks to be in good condition.
    IMO it's probably a late version maybe 80's ?
    Im looking for an a case to an 1936 olympics medal and a case to entry to austria medal. pm me If you have any spare.

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    Thanks for the info.
    Would the strap be the plastic type or the braid do you think?
    It seems that the letter is a date code, but I haven't found what year the "A" represents yet.

    Cheers,

    Brian.

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    It's build is the same as my GDR 1980's infantry visor.It's OK to me.
    Cheers
    Dave

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    Here is a photo of one I found from the Internet of how it would look with the strap.
    I couldn't tell you what the exact date is but looks a later version Imo.
    My first NVA item.
    Im looking for an a case to an 1936 olympics medal and a case to entry to austria medal. pm me If you have any spare.

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    Good call! Found a couple of mentions online, and the "A" code seems to be 1977.
    Oddly the date codes don't appear to run alphabetically....

    brian.

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    East German gear always looks cheap! Check out their belt buckles!

    All the good uniform and kit makers must have fled west!

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    Quote by AMTG View Post
    All the good uniform and kit makers must have fled west!
    Not necessarily ! have you examined modern BW stuff recently ? the early stuff was quality IMO, modern stuff poor in comparison .....as a BW veteran stated "if its cheap and nasty, then its Bundeswehr !" when asked about modern BRD awards/medals .......Brian, nice DDR Airforce cap .
    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)

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