From what I know, the following items are produced in Belgian desert:
1. 2 pocket jacket
2. 6 pocket trousers
5. Vertical zipper parka (same as temperate)
6. Under armor shirt
7. Reversible fleece (temperate and desert)
8. Schuberth type, foliage bands (gray and camo band variants)
9. ACH type, no foliage bands
10. Boonie hat
12. Modular LBV and pouches
13. Pate carrier
14. Field belt
15. Drop leg holster (right and left variants)
16. Various pouches for the LBV
Have I missed anything?
The first items were produced in 2004 as far as I know. All production appears to be through Seyntex. Early examples have white labels and dates, then white labels without dates, then cloth type with black lettering on tan background. At some point before the cloth tags items were made with Permethrine, the earlier white tagged items were without Permethrine.
The early items (I'm calling 1st Model) had their colors fade out very, very, very quickly. So much so that the uniforms appear solid tan at even close range viewing. At some point this was addressed and the colors remain near new even after heavy use in the field. I'm calling this 2nd Model, as it seems to be a deliberate change.
From what I can tell 1st and 2nd Models look about the same when brand new. This makes identification of the two uniforms difficult unless one is obviously quite well worn or has the tan cloth labels. I think the Permethrine white label and the cloth label are both 2nd Model, but even if true that might be tough to see from pictures. However, there MIGHT be some other hints.
My early white label type has the BELGIAN tape significantly higher than the top of the pocket, my later white label type has it right on the pocket line. This seems to be true for the cloth label type. So maybe that is an indicator?
Badging is quite varied. Early soldiers often had OD name tapes and/or OD Para/Cdo badging due to the shortages of the tan based types. The tan badges have black borders on them. Green circular ISAF badges were worn early on, mostly on the left arm. Rank badging seems to be universally the green plastic type used with the temperate uniform.
Later the tan badging, including name tapes, was standard. The two piece ISAF/NATO badge combo with desert background replaced the green ISAF badge at some point. That seems to have been worn exclusively on the left arm. However, rank continued to be the standard green type. Then, at some point, new badging with reddish-copper colored thread and tan background rank were introduced. I've seen only a few pictures of this in use, with other soldiers in the same picture having green rank, so maybe still hard to get?
So.... what do people think of this info dump?
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