Italian San Marco Desert Camo Flak Vest

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    Italian San Marco Desert Camo Flak Vest

    Post by abefroman on Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:43 pm

    Although never actually used by the San Marco to my knowledge, this vest was used in the Early 90s by the Italians in Somalia and Mozambique (Alpini). I was very lucky to find it, as Italian items from the 80s and 90s has gotten very scarce.

    The same vest was available in OD, a unique desert pattern (which I will post later), and a woodland San Marco which is very difficult to find. The vest is made by Sistema Compositi (Cassoni).

    Not sure why Italian items like this are getting so hard to find these days.





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    Re: Italian San Marco Desert Camo Flak Vest

    Post by abefroman on Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:04 pm

    Use in Mozambique:




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    Re: Italian San Marco Desert Camo Flak Vest

    Post by abefroman on Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:54 pm

    Head of Italian troops in Somalia, Gen. Bruno Loi, wearing the vest. The UN dismissed him from Somalia in 1993 for failing to follow orders and moved the Italian contingent out of Mogadishu.







    I have found a few pictures of other Italian troops wearing the vest as well.





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    Re: Italian San Marco Desert Camo Flak Vest

    Post by -Jäger- on Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:31 pm

    There was also a woodland version but made by Induiyco.

    Used during 90's balcans operations and early 2000's.

    Here's colo moschin during SFOR (Bosnia)




    I will post more photos if you deserve!

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    Re: Italian San Marco Desert Camo Flak Vest

    Post by abefroman on Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:21 pm

    Yes please, post more!!!
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    Re: Italian San Marco Desert Camo Flak Vest

    Post by Camonut314 on Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:34 pm

    Absolutely! This era of gear is my favorite for just about all countries, and you're right, Italian stuff is getting REALLY hard to find.
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    Re: Italian San Marco Desert Camo Flak Vest

    Post by -Jäger- on Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:52 pm

    Here I'm going to post some pics of all these flak (in my knowledge Laughing ) and their applications on the fields.

    First of all I think that there was 2 different versions: the first (like your own) made with a cotton like material camo cover (is it?) on the external, with squared and oblique pockets and with no button on the shoulder elastic band; I know the desert San Marco's camo and OD green camo of this type. Please see photos below.






    Their use:

    IBIS, Somalia 1993



    Albatros, Mozambique 1993 (as you already posted)





    The second type was made in a nylon like (as the waterproof jackets, you know?) camo material and they had squader and long pockets and buttons on the elastic band on the shoulders; moreover they had rubber pieces on the shoulder maybe for stopping slip of the vest.
    They was in San Marco woodland, classic woodland and desert (unique, as you said) camo.
    Here they are:










    Their use:

    9° col moschin during SFOR


    alpini during national op. Riace 94-95


    San Marco's naval infantry during trainings early 2000's


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    Re: Italian San Marco Desert Camo Flak Vest

    Post by abefroman on Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:47 pm

    Awesome pics! I will need to go grab my Italian vests and post them all now!

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    Re: Italian San Marco Desert Camo Flak Vest

    Post by abefroman on Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:52 pm

    Is this the same vest you posted?

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    Re: Italian San Marco Desert Camo Flak Vest

    Post by -Jäger- on Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:48 pm

    I know this photo. It refers to an old product's list of a local shop in Italy... It looks brighter than others but I think it is a fault of the camera... I've never seen different types of this OD flak vest in particular

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