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US Vietnam Issue M69 (Gen II) Flak Jacket
US Vietnam Issue M69 (Gen II) Flak Jacket
US Vietnam Issue M69 (Gen II) Flak Jacket
US Vietnam Issue M69 (Gen II) Flak Jacket
US Vietnam Issue M69 (Gen II) Flak Jacket
US Vietnam Issue M69 (Gen II) Flak Jacket
US Vietnam Issue M69 (Gen II) Flak Jacket
US Vietnam Issue M69 (Gen II) Flak Jacket

*Not Exportable Outside the US*

During the Cold War, the US distributed a huge portion of its surplus military equipment to other NATO allies in Europe. The majority of these military aid programs were designed as a stopgap measure. Across Europe many NATO countries were lacking essential equipment for the rear-echelon and security units needed to secure military bases, supply depots, and border crossings. In order to arm and equip this huge number of support personnel, the US transferred huge stockpiles of equipment, some dating from WWII.

From their labels and construction, we know these "Gen II" M69 flak jackets were manufactured during the Vietnam War. It's impossible to know if they were issued then, but we do know they were part of a Cold War surplus transfer to Austria. We secured them, along with the rest of our Austrian equipment, by complete chance.

For more information on the history of the M69 we recommend the following links:
http://www.gear-illustration.com/2015/12/23/m69-body-armor-gen-ii/

http://chainlinkandconcrete.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-m-1952a-and-m69-fragmentation.html

Condition
Somewhere along the way, either in Austria or Vietnam, these jackets saw use. Our handful is in remarkably good condition, especially considering they are nearly 50 years old. We have hand sorted for condition in two grades — "Good" and "Very Good."

Good condition jackets may have non-original or damaged shock cord on the sides of the vest (easily replaceable) and more signs of use (minor stains, missing size tags, etc.) 

Very Good condition will have all original components and the least amount of visible wear.

In addition, we have one "Collector's" grade jacket that is in exceptionally good condition and has been used in our photos.

All jackets are original US issue, manufactured during the Vietnam War.

US Vietnam Issue M69 (Gen II) Flak Jacket

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*Not Exportable Outside the US*

During the Cold War, the US distributed a huge portion of its surplus military equipment to other NATO allies in Europe. The majority of these military aid programs were designed as a stopgap measure. Across Europe many NATO countries were lacking essential equipment for the rear-echelon and security units needed to secure military bases, supply depots, and border crossings. In order to arm and equip this huge number of support personnel, the US transferred huge stockpiles of equipment, some dating from WWII.

From their labels and construction, we know these "Gen II" M69 flak jackets were manufactured during the Vietnam War. It's impossible to know if they were issued then, but we do know they were part of a Cold War surplus transfer to Austria. We secured them, along with the rest of our Austrian equipment, by complete chance.

For more information on the history of the M69 we recommend the following links:
http://www.gear-illustration.com/2015/12/23/m69-body-armor-gen-ii/

http://chainlinkandconcrete.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-m-1952a-and-m69-fragmentation.html

Condition
Somewhere along the way, either in Austria or Vietnam, these jackets saw use. Our handful is in remarkably good condition, especially considering they are nearly 50 years old. We have hand sorted for condition in two grades — "Good" and "Very Good."

Good condition jackets may have non-original or damaged shock cord on the sides of the vest (easily replaceable) and more signs of use (minor stains, missing size tags, etc.) 

Very Good condition will have all original components and the least amount of visible wear.

In addition, we have one "Collector's" grade jacket that is in exceptionally good condition and has been used in our photos.

All jackets are original US issue, manufactured during the Vietnam War.