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