Whatever floats your boat. seriously: doch, schon! ("yes, affirmative"). And remember there's still Bergstiefel (issue mountain boots) and Kampfstiefel (issue combat boots) and Meindl Desert Fox tropical boots to pick from.
Could be to the lack of German gear supplier. Well, it goes a bit far, but there is always one typical German problem when talking about getting new stuff into the military. The mentality is to spend piles of money within own borders and this means, due to the short period of time with operational use with German producer's products, there are always lacks in qualitay. All intentions of the Department of Defence to save money and to increase the own economy's output are carried out on the soldiers back. For example there is still the networked based warfare idea (even in German military, finally) ongoing. The idea giving someone the possibility to be linkes to anyone within seconds. The US's warfare in Afghanistan started up with this, German wanted to keep up as a NATO- partner. One of the examples was, that a communication module used in Typhoon aircrafts (Eurofighter 2000) should be able to be linked to ground troops moving on food. Then it was realized, that the communication module which one needs weighs around a soldier's weight plus his gear.
The point that IdZ- system is kind of weird, is known to most of us I think. But the Department of Defence did not buy combat proven Systems such as CIRAS or whatever. It is more gentle to support the own economy, as I said above.
Special operation units such as KSK do not suffer that much form the problem described above. There have been equipments in use such as the Israeli R2 vest in Flecktarn or even British PLCEs with early FSKs. Plus those stuff which operators bought on own costs. Nevertheless I guess we will never know what exactly they equipped with in the early days.
Concerning the boot topic:
There is almost no soldier who really likes to wear the issued standard boot. Those who have the chance and want to do something good to their health, get private ones such as Lowa, Hanwag etc.
Well DB maybe u should friggin think about to blur the NSN and Losnummer on your
smoke. In your case I'd recommend to remove every single pic with your smoke on,
if not you might get in trouble big time.
Last edited by Blackburn; 08-30-2010 at 08:00 AM.
As he said, headset.
My guess would be some civillian PMR stuff for communications within the squad. This method is regularly done to compensate the lack of SEM- radios or to add communications lines within the patrol. Also known, some German soldiers got cellphones as SEM- radios failed in range due to Afghan landscape.