Friday, April 29, 2011

DDR Volkspolizei Hemdbluse, East German Volkspolizei Jack Shirt

1951 Volkspolizei Poster
Today's posting is a new, and unissued, East German Volkspolizei Jackshirt, known as a Hemdbluse in German.  This was the most common shirt worn by the career soldier or officer, of all ranks, in East Germany.  The jackshirt was designed to be worn untucked.  It is a cross between a jacket and a shirt and was designed to be worn with shoulder boards.  This allowed the shirt to be worn alone or with a uniform jacket.  You will notice that there are two buttons at the lower hem of the shirt, giving a distinct jacket appearance.

I received the shirt sealed in it's original plastic wrapper.  It had the usual cardboard around the collar and two plastic clips and a straight pin, to hold the folded sleeves in place.

The shirt has silver colored aluminum buttons, with two buttons on each cuff and two buttons on each waist adjusting dart.  There are the usual shoulder board attachment loops on the shoulders.

The date code on the collar size tag is "N", which indicates 1989 as the year of manufacture.  There is also a "care & content" tag inside the shirt, sewn into a side seam.

On this shirt, I attached a set of original Volkspolizei shoulder boards for the rank of Unterwachtmeister.

Along with the jackshirt, I received an original, new and unissued,  East German tank type t-shirt.  The shirt has a tag code of "G", indicating it was manufactured in 1981.

And to finish up this post, here is an archive photo of three Vollspoizei motorcycle officers wearing the Hemdbluse in the field:

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