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Hello guys,

I have this Reefer Jacket but it seems to be a fake. A few people told me it is an upgraded Bundesmarine Tunic. Are there any specialists for Kriegsmarine tunics here, and can tell me whats wrong about that tunic.

I was Told the 3 Button row, Eagle and the Label is Postwar?


Kind regards 




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The label looks much older than the tunic, as though it was salvaged from an earlier jacket. I’ll reserve judgement on the other “red flags” that you mentioned, although the eagle looks suspicious. I hope a more knowledgeable set of eyes will say I’m wrong. 

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Sascha 1998,

The people that told you that the pictures you have posted are of a Bundesmarine tunic are correct.  Bundesmarine tunic had three buttons while Kriegsmarine and Volksmarine tunics had five buttons. Here are comparisons between a Kriegsmarine tunic, a Bundesmarine tunic and a  Volksmarine tunic.  Kriegsmarine tunics are made of wool while both the Bundesmarine and the Volksmarine tunics are made of a gabardine type material.  Kriegsmarine tunics had the rank rings sewn into the sleeve seams.  So did the Volksmarine tunics while the Bundesmarine tunics did not.  It is unusual to see someone use a Bundesmarine tunuc for a conversion to a Kriegsmarine tunic as they are not the same.  It is more usual to see a Volksmarine tunic converted to a Kriegsmarien tunic as they are similar in button style etc.

First up a Kriegsmarine tunic.  







Next up a Volksmarine tunic followed by a Bundesmarine tunic.  The similarities between the Kriegsmarine and the Volksmarine tunics are easily seen.  The difference between these two tunics and the Bundesmarine tunic are obvious.  There are no makers labels in any of these tunics.  Please feel free to ask questions if you have any,




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