Thursday, November 10, 2011
Bundesgrenzschutz Einsatzjacke, Sumpftarn / Sumpfmuster Camo, BGS Camo Field Jacket, 1971
Todays posting is a 1971, Bundesgrenzschutz Field Jacket in the BGS Sumpftarn / Sumpfmuster camo pattern, These jackets were known as "Bundesgrenzschutz Einsatzjacke" in the BGS.
My jacket is dated 1971 and is in very good shape, with the exception of several small cuts that were made on the arm pocket. This was done when the BGS "demilitarized" the jacket for surplus sale. The slashed pocket has been repaired and a replacement set of patches sewn back on. I will go through my patch reserves and find one of the federal Eagles that is a closer color match to the Bundesgrenzschutz arch, but for know it will do.
This style of jacket was first issued in 1967 and continued in service until 1976. This jackets sumpftarn camo is the third pattern that was in use from 1963 until 1976. After 1976, the BGS discontinued the use of camo except for the anti-terrorist units of the GSG-9.
This jacket is designed to combine the Y-strap suspenders, belt and jacket as one unit. The jacket has slits through the body to thread the Y-strap through and belt support hooks around the waist. The belt support hooks can be adjusted by way of the attached straps inside the jacket. There are also two D-rings sewn on the back for the attachment of the bread bag and canteen.
There is a field dressing pocket just inside the jacket, at the hem-line in the front. The lower front pockets have two smaller pouches sewn inside for carrying additional magazines for the G1 rifle.
There is a second layer of fabric sewn over the shoulders (a cape) that is water resistant. The camo colors on this cape portion on this jacket are definitely a bit brighter than the rest of the jacket fabric. The Y-straps pass through the slots in the main body of the jacket and under the waterproof cloth "cape" portion on the shoulders. You can see one of these slots under the cape in the photo below.
Here are some additional photos of this jacket: