This combat shirt was issued to The National People's Army of East Germany for over 30 years. Starting in 1968, they were manufactured and issued up until 1990. The Rain Camo pattern (Strichmuster) was influenced by WW2 German designs such as Splittermuster and Sumpftarn. "Rain" refers to the camouflage pattern, this is not a waterproof shirt.
Issued to the NVA (Nationale Volksarmee) as a 'summer' shirt, though the fabric remains moderately heavy weight and rugged. The name is used to differentiate these from the winter shirts with liners. For storage on these shirts, you get two button down chest pockets and two waist pockets with mesh linings. Two more button down pockets sit on either sleeve. Attachment of a liner is possible with buttons around and below the collar. The shirt features a button up front with storm flap and adjustable cuffs. A nice piece for a collector of Cold War era gear or combine it with more Strichmuster clothing for a complete airsoft uniform.
- Genuine East German Army surplus
- Rain camouflage pattern
- Two slash pockets with button fastening
- Two cargo pockets with button fastening
- Button-up fly
- Partially elasticated waist with D-rings for suspenders
- Adjustable cuffs
Sizing: Spacious fit, leaving room for a liner. Find your shirt size by measuring the circumference around your chest, just under the armpits. For more information, check out our sizing guide.
Content: Cotton blend
Colour: Rain Camouflage Pattern (Strichtarn)
Condition: Used/Good - Item is well used. There may be marks/stains/scratches or repairs, but it is still in functioning order. If you want more information on our condition ratings, check out our condition guide
I was just in the Auck store and bought one of these shirts off the rack. Great buy for $25. The shirts on the rack each had differences in design. Some had waist pockets and chest pockets, others had chest pockets only. Some had tabs on the rear of the shoulders (sort of like rank attachment points, but don't know what purpose they served). There were other interesting differences too. All were the same basic shirt and showed their varied service history and changing military needs during the cold war. I got my shirt home and found a hidden pocket. It is on the inside of the shirt and sits against the chest and is made of heavier cotton fabric than all the other pockets. The standard top left chest pocket sits on top of it. It is accessed between the storm flaps on the front which means it can be accessed even if the shirt is buttoned up. The pocket is in the shape of a small to medium frame semi-auto hand gun. It is a gun holster. How cool is that, lol?! An East European soldier, if captured and given a field search, can still have a hand gun hidden in his shirt. The guns shape is camouflaged by the shape of the items in his standard chest pocket sitting on top of the hidden pocket. The cold war Americans also were often trained in concealing items within their M65 Field Jackets. If you like, there is a youtube channel which shows some of it. Check out Blackie Thomas, pretty interesting stuff. Thanks for the great shirt and the little piece of surprise history that came with it.
Fits great and was in good shape - is truly better in person than in photos - only one problem- my son will absolutely snake it from my closet when I am at work - thanks
Good shirt with a subtle cold war 'camouflage' that is simple & unique. My shirt arrived in good wearable condition, however mine did not have any waist pockets as shown and described on the page unfortunately.
The jacket and pants fit perfectly fine but they actually almost have no color left in them at all, a friend of mine ordered the same thing and his look 10x better than mine do.
Super comfortable and it fits perfectly. Can take a beating. Give it a buy if you are looking for a good combat shirt