Does a guide exist for identifying UK DPM items, or does anyone have any links to helpful sites/forums ?
Edward53 wrote:There's no such guide that I know of, and the only other really helpful forum is HMVF, the Historic Military Vehicles Forum, which is very much UK-focused. I'm sure that if you posted some pictures people would be only too glad to offer advice. The important thing is to show the label, assuming it survives. A few pointers: combat smocks had button cuffs up to the 68 pattern, the 85 pattern and later ones having velcro cuffs, but this doesn't apply to windproofs and waterproofs. Garment sizes changed from Imperial (Size 1, 2 etc) to metric from the late 70s to the mid 80s, depending on the item, eg sniper smocks and parkas were metric early on, jerseys late. The big cut-off in terms of value seems to be the Falklands War, especially for windproofs and other SF kit. The subject's too big to say more here, but I hope this helps a bit.
Martin wrote:Hi Ed,
I've got about 10 sets (not including desert sets which I haven't got to yet...). I think I pretty much have figured it out for nearly most of the items ie categorised them into P68, P84 etc - once I've finished photographing everything I'll post them up. One thing I noticed with the P68 items is that there are the early P68 items (that actually say Pattern 68 on the label) and the actual DPM pattern is the very "spotty" type, then there are later P68 items on which the DPM pattern has no "spots" coming off the shapes. Then P84 reverts back to a "spotty" DPM but not as "spotty" as the early P68... hope that makes sense... Do you know anything about these different DPM camo patterns?
Edward53 wrote:As mentioned, the camo pattern is a pointer but not a clincher. The colour of dpm is a help, but in one direction only - it can sometimes identify a piece as later, but not as earlier. Pattern and labelling are the only reliable pointers and they only take you so far.
Do you have some 63 patt dpm? Very rare kit, would love to see it!