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German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket

Snuffed out by the EU. Banned in Germany. Nearly 30 years after the Fall of the Wall, one of the Cold War’s most iconic jackets is pretty hard to track down.

The German Police “Sommerblouson” is a lightweight, front zip bomber based on the American issue MA-1. Cut in a utilitarian, no-nonsense style it is unfussy, sharp, and damn near unobtainable.

The Sommerblouson, and its famous Förstergrün (forest green) coloration occupy an important place in the history of Germany. Introduced in 1972, Förstergrün hit the streets right as the Cold War turned Europe upside down. With the eyes of the globe on Berlin, Germany’s green-clad Polizei were given the Sisyphean task of maintaining order in the cultural, political, and military chaos that was West Germany. If a punk show ran late, Förstergrün jackets shut off the lights. If a spy needed chasing, Förstergrün jackets were hot on their heels. From the evening news to morning cartoons, forest green Polizei became a quirky, unique part of German national identity.

The iconic green uniform persisted for nearly three decades. That was, until the EU got wind of things and issued a 1998 “recommendation” that “all member nations” switch to an internationally recognized dark blue color.

For the full story, I highly recommend reading our full-length article on the subject. The process of phasing out the uniforms was anything but smooth for Germany. If anything it sparked a miniature culture war — with several German states openly defying the EU mandate.

It’s not much of a spoiler to say that the EU won out in the end. Förstergrün was largely off the streets by the mid-to-late 2000s with the last uniforms formally exiting service in 2016. By the time surplus Sommerblousons worked their way through the German state auction system and into the hands of US and EU collectors, it was far too late to get more.

Inspired by the history of the jacket and repeated requests to source it, we spent months researching the bomber’s supply chain. There were a lot of dead ends, but we were lucky. The manufacturer was still in business — even better, the original factory, original tooling, and original fabric dyer were all still around. Rounds of negotiations between all parties led to a one-time deal: the Sommerblouson could live again if we met their minimum order.

This is a Pre-Order for a new, non-surplus German Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket: Orders will close at midnight on 10/11/2018. After this date no further purchases will be accepted. Jackets are made-to-order and will take approx. 3-4 mos. to ship. You will receive email updates throughout the process. Please carefully measure and consult the sizing chart prior to placing your order. If you have any questions, we are available via live chat and by email at help@kommandostore.com

Outfitter’s Notes

The German Police Bomber Jacket is unisex in cut and fits slightly oversized. To get your size, measure your chest width in centimeters (cm), then use the chart provided here. Ladies, consider ordering one size smaller for a slimmer fit.

Bomber Jackets make for ideal year-round layers. For an easy Berlin look, pair your Sommerblouson with a white tee, blue or black jeans, and Bundeswehr Army Trainers. When the temperature drops, just swap the sneakers for some Paratrooper Boots and throw on a hoodie between jacket and shirt.

Product details:

  • Shawl collar
  • Ribbed knit cuffs
  • Optional high-quality reflective “POLIZEI” lettering on back
  • Removable, Velcro-backed “POLIZEI” state crest patch
  • Premium made-in-Europe zippers
  • Slash pockets and zip utility pockets on chest
  • “Cigarette pack” zip pocket on bicep
  • Hidden interior pocket
  • Made by the original German manufacturer to original Polizei specifications
  • Jacket: 65% polyester / 35% cotton
  • Lining: 100% polyester

    German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket

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    Snuffed out by the EU. Banned in Germany. Nearly 30 years after the Fall of the Wall, one of the Cold War’s most iconic jackets is pretty hard to track down.

    The German Police “Sommerblouson” is a lightweight, front zip bomber based on the American issue MA-1. Cut in a utilitarian, no-nonsense style it is unfussy, sharp, and damn near unobtainable.

    The Sommerblouson, and its famous Förstergrün (forest green) coloration occupy an important place in the history of Germany. Introduced in 1972, Förstergrün hit the streets right as the Cold War turned Europe upside down. With the eyes of the globe on Berlin, Germany’s green-clad Polizei were given the Sisyphean task of maintaining order in the cultural, political, and military chaos that was West Germany. If a punk show ran late, Förstergrün jackets shut off the lights. If a spy needed chasing, Förstergrün jackets were hot on their heels. From the evening news to morning cartoons, forest green Polizei became a quirky, unique part of German national identity.

    The iconic green uniform persisted for nearly three decades. That was, until the EU got wind of things and issued a 1998 “recommendation” that “all member nations” switch to an internationally recognized dark blue color.

    For the full story, I highly recommend reading our full-length article on the subject. The process of phasing out the uniforms was anything but smooth for Germany. If anything it sparked a miniature culture war — with several German states openly defying the EU mandate.

    It’s not much of a spoiler to say that the EU won out in the end. Förstergrün was largely off the streets by the mid-to-late 2000s with the last uniforms formally exiting service in 2016. By the time surplus Sommerblousons worked their way through the German state auction system and into the hands of US and EU collectors, it was far too late to get more.

    Inspired by the history of the jacket and repeated requests to source it, we spent months researching the bomber’s supply chain. There were a lot of dead ends, but we were lucky. The manufacturer was still in business — even better, the original factory, original tooling, and original fabric dyer were all still around. Rounds of negotiations between all parties led to a one-time deal: the Sommerblouson could live again if we met their minimum order.

    This is a Pre-Order for a new, non-surplus German Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket: Orders will close at midnight on 10/11/2018. After this date no further purchases will be accepted. Jackets are made-to-order and will take approx. 3-4 mos. to ship. You will receive email updates throughout the process. Please carefully measure and consult the sizing chart prior to placing your order. If you have any questions, we are available via live chat and by email at help@kommandostore.com

    Outfitter’s Notes

    The German Police Bomber Jacket is unisex in cut and fits slightly oversized. To get your size, measure your chest width in centimeters (cm), then use the chart provided here. Ladies, consider ordering one size smaller for a slimmer fit.

    Bomber Jackets make for ideal year-round layers. For an easy Berlin look, pair your Sommerblouson with a white tee, blue or black jeans, and Bundeswehr Army Trainers. When the temperature drops, just swap the sneakers for some Paratrooper Boots and throw on a hoodie between jacket and shirt.

    Product details:

    • Shawl collar
    • Ribbed knit cuffs
    • Optional high-quality reflective “POLIZEI” lettering on back
    • Removable, Velcro-backed “POLIZEI” state crest patch
    • Premium made-in-Europe zippers
    • Slash pockets and zip utility pockets on chest
    • “Cigarette pack” zip pocket on bicep
    • Hidden interior pocket
    • Made by the original German manufacturer to original Polizei specifications
    • Jacket: 65% polyester / 35% cotton
    • Lining: 100% polyester
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      Reviewed by Robert P., from United States
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      I recommend this product
      Weight (lbs)
      220-240
      Height (Feet and Inches)
      >6' 3"
      DE Size Purchased
      60
      How It Fits
      A Little Big
      Favorite Polizei Patch
      Bavaria
      Rated 5 out of 5
      Review posted

      Great jacket, even better customer service

      I've had my eye on the Sommerblouson for a few months now, but I wanted one specifically without the Polizei patch on the back. I contacted customer service to see whether or not they had any in stock and I was promptly told that they had a size 60 (I had asked about a 58) in stock that was squirreled away in the warehouse. After agreeing to buy it, they quickly set me up an invoice and gave me 30% off my total order. The jacket itself is excellently made and shows all the Teutonic ingenuity you'd expect out of the BRD. The size 60 is a bit roomy for my 6'4 230lb frame and the sleeves run a bit long, but I can already tell this is going to be my go to fall and spring jacket. All in all another excellent purchase from Kommandostore. Cheers Ivan!

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      Reviewed by Thomas C., from United States
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      I recommend this product
      Weight (lbs)
      180-200
      Height (Feet and Inches)
      5' 11"
      DE Size Purchased
      52
      How It Fits
      A Little Big
      Favorite Polizei Patch
      Saarland
      Rated 5 out of 5
      Review posted

      Kraut bolise :DDDD

      Cool hi vis ,90s look

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      Reviewed by Riley R., from United States
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      I recommend this product
      Weight (lbs)
      140-160
      Height (Feet and Inches)
      6' 0"
      DE Size Purchased
      48
      How It Fits
      A Little Big
      Favorite Polizei Patch
      Saarland
      Rated 5 out of 5
      Review posted

      Great jacket

      The jacket runs large, so take ivan's advice about sizing. And explaining that you got it from a shop started on a sumerian cuneiform imageboard is a ride too.

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      Reviewed by O. H., from United States
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      I recommend this product
      Weight (lbs)
      160-180
      Height (Feet and Inches)
      6' 0"
      DE Size Purchased
      46
      How It Fits
      Perfect
      Favorite Polizei Patch
      NR-Westphalia
      Rated 5 out of 5
      Review posted

      Worth the wait

      The jacket is surprisingly warm and comfy. I had to get a size smaller than I expected. The pockets are deeper than the pockets of Jeff Bezos and can even hold a subcompact in the breast pocket. I got a bunch of compliments on this. If you can find one, you can get a matching cap and it looks great for a cosplay of if you want to larp as an 80's German Polizei officer

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