'Red' Amoeba - Para cut?

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    Re: 'Red' Amoeba - Para cut?

    Post by ripcord on Sun Aug 04, 2013 1:42 pm

    Hey all,

    I have learned  that while similar to para boots, the above example pictured on the barrel  are actually infantry boots.

    Looking at the black and white photo, it is obvious that at least the soles are different.
    They certainly do  look thicker ( higher ?).

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    Re: 'Red' Amoeba - Para cut?

    Post by CollectinSteve on Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:20 pm

    Could simply be different years of manufacture? The picture of the two soldiers goofing around is probably late 1960s or early 1970s.

    Whatever the case, it is true that the Army wore triple buckle boots for that time period as far as I know.

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    Re: 'Red' Amoeba - Para cut?

    Post by ripcord on Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:56 am

    The photo dates from around '73.  The soldier holding the CETME was a co worker .

    One day in the early '80s, I wore one of my M61 smocks to work. When he saw it, he told me he wore
    the uniform as a young Spanish Para.

    The next day he gave me the photo, which I still have.

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    Re: 'Red' Amoeba - Para cut?

    Post by ripcord on Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:56 pm

    More Spanish maniacs ( circa early '80s  ) ...


                                                                       

                                                                       


    They are all wearing experimental M61 type lightweight uniforms that are the subject of this thread...







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    Re: 'Red' Amoeba - Para cut?

    Post by CollectinSteve on Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:50 pm

    Excellent pictures!

    Here's a challenge for you guys. Does anybody have a picture of the 3rd Model (the one like French TAP 47/56) in use by Spanish soldiers? I've been told it was used only for ceremonial and recruiting purposes. I'd like to see some pictures of it in use either in that capacity or possibly in the field.

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    Re: 'Red' Amoeba - Para cut?

    Post by ripcord on Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:37 pm

    Steve,

    I think there are low probabilities of finding any photos of troops wearing these uniforms.

    The 2 lightweight M61 types were experimental and am certain they were not issued in great numbers.

    The good folks in the above photos were not military; just private citizens playing in the snow... bounce

    I traded off one each of these uniforms years ago; yes, I am regretful... affraid

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    Re: 'Red' Amoeba - Para cut?

    Post by CollectinSteve on Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:54 am

    Ah! Private citizens playing around in very rare uniforms Very Happy

    Yeah, finding pre 1980s pictures of Spanish soldiers in the field is tough enough even without looking for rare uniforms. Which is why "absence if proof is not proof of absence" in the case of many Spanish items.

    I have both the light weight M61 and French TAP 47/56 sets in my collection and I don't think they would have lasted very long in actual use. I just don't trust the material!

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    Re: 'Red' Amoeba - Para cut?

    Post by ripcord on Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:08 pm

    The 2 M61type experimental uniforms were made of a much lighter weight cloth than the heavy duty original M61. It was more similar to the cloth used on later M69s and M76s..

    These uniforms would wear out rapidly; probably one of the reasons they were not adopted for general issue.

    Those who have either of the 2 versions are very fortunate.

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