SH96 [SHTRAFBAT227] Vintage German Army BDU Jacket



$79.95

Up-Cycled German Army or Bundeswehr Moleskin Jacket. Prints by MIR.

COLOR: OLIVE/GRAY

SIZES: MD, LG, XL

*************SIZE CHART(in inches)*******************
SIZE:_____MD_________LG_________XL
Chest:___(38-40)______(42-44)______(46-48)
EU:____(96-100)_____(104-108)_____(112-116)

MODEL IS 6'1". HE IS WEARING A LARGE.

TO FIND YOUR SIZE:
MEASURE CIRCUMFERENCE OF YOUR CHEST AND MATCH IT TO THE CORRESPONDING SIZE ABOVE OR LAY FLAT A SHIRT THAT FITS YOU WELL AND MEASURE IT FROM ARMPIT TO ARMPIT. MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY 2 AND MATCH IT TO ONE OF THE SIZES ABOVE.

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ABOUT THE DESIGN:
These awesome Moleskin jackets are genuine military surplus. They belonged to the West German Army (Bundeswehr). Clothing made from moleskin is noted for its softness and durability. The 100% cotton fabric, in a greyish olive-drab colour, was used for the uniforms from the 1960s until the early 1990s. German moleskin is a tough, densely woven material strongly resistant against wind and abrasion. 2 large chest pockets and German flag patches on the sleeves. FLAG PATCHES CAN BE REMOVED.

On the back is the SHTRAFBAT (~shtra'afba'at) logo. It comes from the Russian term "Shtrafniye Battal'yoni" meaning "Penalty Battalions". It was the name given to the penal battalions that were drafted from various prisons and camps around USSR during World War II. Inmates were told that if they joined the army to fight the Germans and help the Motherland, then their sentences would be commuted and they would go free after the war. Needless to say that after the war was won, Stalin ordered those inmates who served in the SHTRAFBAT to be put right back where they came from, the "Zona" (prison).

On the front is the MIR Eagle logo. This type of Eagle was a powerful anti-establishment and anti-authority tattoo during the 50's and 60' . In Russian prison subculture, this type of symbol was usually meant to show disdain for the system and the Communist government. The eagle conveys the message "Strike first, Dont wait for them to hit you!"
MIR is a Russian word for "peace". But its an acronym for "Menya Ispravit Rastrel" meaning "Execution will Reform Me".

DISCLAIMER: MOST OF THE RE-CYCLED MILITARY SURPLUS ITEMS WE USE ARE UN-ISSUED. THOSE ITEMS THAT WERE ISSUED AND USED, HAVE BEEN WASHED OR DRY CLEANED AND PROPERLY DEMILITARIZED.