Luftwaffe Back-type Parachute Assembly
Luftwaffe Ruckenfallschirme, Model RH 12B (Fl. 30245). Webbing harness with a quick release (QR) box that the Germans copied from the RAF. There is also a large waistbelt incorporating the rip-cord release 'D' ring. The compact khaki coloured pack fitted into a painted aluminium tray that was shaped to rest against the airman's back. This later model pack is fastened by means of a series of fabric loops held together using a long metal locking pin. It has the correct QR box with engraved German text reading 'To Release harness : Turn and push'. Text on the side of the box reads 'Gesichert' (Safe) and 'Ensichert' (unlocked). A wide canvas webbing waistbelt carries both the QR box and ripcord housing. All of the QR box plates have Luftwaffe 'Fl' code markings.
The harness is in very good used condition with fairly light soiling. The QR box is fully functioning and the rip cord housing, rip cord and handle are all present although the latter has a few holes in the canvas - see photographs. There is a 'break' in the wooden core of the fabric covered waistbelt but this doesn't really detract. The pack has a few minor fray holes and is rather faded but remains in good overall condition. There are various indistinct markings/numbers and there is a faded German eagle stamp inside the pack. The canopy attachment rings are present but no canopy is fitted and the pack has been padded for the photogrphs to enhance the appearance and give the appropriate shape. The aluminium tray has minor distortion/dents but retains most of the orignal paintwork. The thin backpad between the tray and the harness appears to be a reproduction but looks the part.
This type of parachute was worn in aircraft having a recess in the back of the seats including fighters and bombers. It is extremely difficult to find Luftwaffe parachute kit and this is in good used condition. Buy it while you can. A superb display piece. Further photographs available on request. Stock code M22809.