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    Re: TAZ90

    Post by ripcord on Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:19 pm

    fourtycoats wrote:I just came across this statement in a forum dated 2010. I can not attest to it's veracity but it seems convoluted enough to be credible.

    "Uniforms in Swiss Taz90 camo with labels printed in English "Made in Switzerland" were issued to soldiers serving in the Bosnia-Hercegovina Peacekeeping Mission from January 1996 through March 2001. The Swiss Headquarters Support Unit (SHQSU) operated under the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). One of the Swiss Federal Council requirements for this participation was to not provide direct military assistance, which included uniforms. To get around that obstacle, the neighboring principality of Lichtenstein was employed with manufacturing Swiss uniforms. Lichtenstein itself has no standing army, and this gave them the required "neutrality" to supply Swiss soldier uniforms. Part of this neutral approach were labels printed in English. Also, the military emblems and patches identiying the Swiss soldiers were also printed in English, as were most other countries' who provided support to the United Nations.

    Any unissued uniforms were surplused after the deployment ended. The labels say "SWORKER" with a Swiss flag emblem printed on them."

    I think I found the posting of the above info Sean provided concerning  SWORKER  TAZ90...



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    Re: TAZ90

    Post by CollectinSteve on Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:04 am

    I've long thought this explanation makes the most amount of sense. The Swiss government has consistently been very controlling of their camouflage patterns. To think a company in Switzerland could bring a very close copy of the official uniform to the commercial market without some coordination with the government is hard to believe. Even the Frontenac CADPAT copies were made with the blessing of the Canadian government, though they were purely commercial.

    Another theory, which I've just thought of, is the SWORKER uniforms are more like the Canadian Frontenac uniforms made from rejected early cloth runs. Frontenac received permission to sell uniforms with the cloth. The first model was very close to the real thing, which caused the Canadian government to require later production be much different in cut (BDU style). Maybe the SWORKER cloth, which is different from the production types, was rejected and SWORKER was the result? I notice a slight misalignment of the black colors on my SWORKER example, resulting in a small white outline. The cloth should have been rejected, but it could still have been used as a special run of uniforms as per the above information.


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