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I have a west german military greatcoat that I found on ebay. On the shoulder there is a patch with the Bundesadler and a roman number 2 (II) underneath it. What does this mean? I was hoping to narrow down the production year to something smaller than 1950-1990.

I know this isn't strictly language translation, but it is sort of translation of symbols, yes?

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A picture (even taken with a cellphone) would help. – 0x6d64 Feb 1 '12 at 7:30
Das hier? – Em1 Feb 1 '12 at 8:22
I'm really not sure whether this is language related. Let's see where it is going... – musiKk Feb 1 '12 at 8:57
@EvanCordell I agree to musiKk and I'm still unsure, if I will vote for close. But it would be easy to rephrase this question, so that it is about language. (Hint: If I am right with the posted picture, you could ask, how this sign is called, because it has a name. And in addition you can ask about the sense of this sign ;p) – Em1 Feb 1 '12 at 9:10
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Do you mean this sign:

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It's the Coat of Arms (Ärmelabzeichen) of the 2nd Corps of the Bundeswehr.

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That's it! Thanks. Unfortunately it still doesn't help me determine how old the coat is, the range is about the same. – Evan Cordell Feb 3 '12 at 21:08

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