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        Here you will find East German Size Charts for;

        • East German Uniform Size Widths
        • East German Uniform Size Lengths
        • Bundeswehr Jacket & Pant Sizes
        • East German Uniform Date Codes

        East German Uniform Sizes
        Widths are like normal European sizing widths, except they do not affect length, and some sizes are left out to simplify things.

        People vary primarily in height and width. The East Germans took this into account in a very special way, combining the European sizing system numbers with German language and East German specialties.

        Widths

        Widths are like normal European sizing widths, except they do not affect length, and some sizes are left out to simplify things.

        METRIC

        Size Chest Waist Easy size
        44 85-92 cm 71-78 cm Small
        48 93-100 cm 79-86 cm Medium
        52 101-108 cm 87-94 cm Large
        56 109-116 cm 95-102 cm X-Large
        60 117-124 cm 103-110 cm 2X-Large

        IMPERIAL

        Size Chest Waist Easy size
        44 33.5" - 36" 28" 30.5" Small
        48 36.5" - 39.5" 31" - 34" Medium
        52 40" - 42.5" 34" - 37" Large
        56 43" - 45.5" 37.5" - 40" X-Large
        60 46" - 49" 40.5" - 43.5" 2X-Large

        As a special touch suffix numbers are used to account for different body types, for an example SK48-0 or G52-1. These add or subtract 8 cm (a wee bit short of 3") from the waist as follows:

        • 0 = -8 cm, Athletic body with slender waist
        • No suffix = No effect, normal body type
        • 1 = +8 cm, Dad body
        • 2 = +16 cm, Beer belly

        Lengths

        Lengths are determined by letter codes. They are short for German words Sehr Klein, Klein, Mittelgroß, Groß, Sehr Groß and Übergroß. Here's what they mean:

        Letter code User height (metric) User height (imperial)
        SK 158-163 cm 5' 2" - 5' 4"
        K 164-169 cm 5' 4" - 5' 6"
        M 170-175 cm 5' 7" - 5' 9"
        G 176-181 cm 5' 9" - 5' 11"
        SG 182-187 cm 5' 11" - 6' 1"
        ÜG 188-193 cm 6' 2" - 6' 4"
        Bundeswehr
        The German sizing system is clear and simple - there are four different heights and lots of widths. One thing to consider is that the Germans seem to be an awfully short armed people, basically this means their jacket lengths are overstated - by about 5 cm. If you are just in between two height sizes, choose the longer one.
        Choosing a size is easy - choose the height size you fit into based on how tall you are, then measure your chest and waist circumference to find out the correct width. (If you measure inches, multiply them by 2.54
        to convert to centimetres.)

        Bundeswehr Jacket sizes
        BW size Chest Circumference Height
        Height less than 170 cm
        1 90 cm 160 - 170 cm
        2 95 cm 160 - 170 cm
        3 100 cm 160 - 170 cm
        4 105 cm 160 - 170 cm
        5 110 cm 160 - 170 cm
        Height 170-180 cm
        6 90 cm 170 - 180 cm
        7 95 cm 170 - 180 cm
        8 100 cm 170 - 180 cm
        9 105 cm 170 - 180 cm
        10 110 cm 170 - 180 cm
        11 115 cm 170 - 180 cm
        Height 180-190 cm
        12 95 cm 180 - 190 cm
        13 100 cm 180 - 190 cm
        14 105 cm 180 - 190 cm
        15 110 cm 180 - 190 cm
        16 115 cm 180 - 190 cm
        Height 190-200 cm
        17 100 cm 190 - 200 cm
        18 105 cm 190 - 200 cm
        19 110 cm 190 - 200 cm
        20 115 cm 190 - 200 cm

        Bundeswehr Trouser sizes
        BW size Waist circumference Leg inseam
        Height less than 170 cm
        1 80 cm 75 cm
        2 85 cm 75 cm
        3 90 cm 75 cm
        4 95 cm 75 cm
        5 100 cm 75 cm
        Height 170-180 cm
        6 80 cm 80 cm
        7 85 cm 80 cm
        8 90cm 80 cm
        9 95 cm 80 cm
        10 100 cm 80 cm
        11 105 cm 80 cm
        Height 180-190 cm
        12 85 cm 85 cm
        13 90 cm 85 cm
        14 95 cm 85 cm
        15 100 cm 85 cm
        16 `110 cm 85 cm
        Height 190-200 cm
        17 90 cm 90 cm
        18 95 cm 90 cm
        19 100 c, 90 cm
        20 105 cm 90 cm

        All East German Uniform items were letter coded to indicate the year of manufacture from 1968 onward.  Prior to this the actual year and possibly also the quarter was usually stamped into the uniform item.

        K=1968, Z=1969, M=1970, X=1971, B=1972 ,L=1973, O=1974, S=1975, R=1976, A=1977, U=1978, F=1979, E=1980, G=1981, I=1982, C=1983, H=1984, T=1985, P=1986, L =1987, Y=1988, N=1989, D=1990

        (You will notice that the letter L is used twice.)