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[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket

BLEMS: May have minor aesthetic defects from manufacturing, hanging threads, weak velcro etc. Excellent overall condition, but not flawless cryogenic-baby-skin-perfect.

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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.

[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket

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BLEMS: May have minor aesthetic defects from manufacturing, hanging threads, weak velcro etc. Excellent overall condition, but not flawless cryogenic-baby-skin-perfect.

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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.

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Reviewed by DM, from United States
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Weight (lbs)
200-220
Height (Feet and Inches)
6' 0"
DE Size Purchased
62
How It Fits
Perfect
Favorite Polizei Patch
Bavaria
Rated 5 out of 5
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[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket

was expecting atleast a rip or a tear , came seemingly new. no complaints here.

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Height (Feet and Inches)
>6' 3"
DE Size Purchased
58
How It Fits
A Little Big
Favorite Polizei Patch
Berlin
Rated 5 out of 5
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Worth every shekel

Even though it's one of the blemished ones it's in better condition than some "unissued" surplus

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Reviewed by Brady D., from United States
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Weight (lbs)
120-140
Height (Feet and Inches)
5' 6"
DE Size Purchased
62
How It Fits
Too Big
Favorite Polizei Patch
Berlin
Rated 5 out of 5
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Awesome

Been wanting one for years now and I finally do. Sadly the only size left in stock was a 62. Fits much bigger obviously but doesn't make it any less sweet.

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Reviewed by Magnus, from Canada
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Weight (lbs)
200-220
Height (Feet and Inches)
>6' 3"
DE Size Purchased
54
How It Fits
A Little Big
Favorite Polizei Patch
Berlin
Rated 5 out of 5
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Very nifty, I dig

Fits a bit big but that’s fine, overall super nice bomber.

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Reviewed by Asahi, from United States
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Weight (lbs)
240+
Height (Feet and Inches)
>6' 3"
DE Size Purchased
64
How It Fits
A Little Small
Favorite Polizei Patch
Berlin
Rated 5 out of 5
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Solid Jacket, German Sized

Never forget that germans are short as hell, the uniforms follow suit as well.

I'm 6'4 and ordered the largest size so it would be baggy, but it's still very short compared to my torso.

Overall great jacket though! Perfect for summer weather and all that good stuff.

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