77 Pattern Para Smock-RADAR??

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    77 Pattern Para Smock-RADAR??

    Post by Gulf91 on Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:16 pm

    This smock has been issued.no labels but the colour and style of buttons are the same as on a RADAR SAS Smock of mine.

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    Re: 77 Pattern Para Smock-RADAR??

    Post by Easy Gee on Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:08 pm

    Very cool Rich,love it Mate.

    The sewn on zap numbers on the pocket and collar are a very interesting addition,never seen anything like this before Mate

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    Re: 77 Pattern Para Smock-RADAR??

    Post by Gulf91 on Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:36 pm

    Easy Gee wrote:Very cool Rich,love it Mate.

    The sewn on zap numbers on the pocket and collar are a very interesting addition,never seen anything like this before Mate

    Was told a long while back that this was the SOP for Paratroopers on active duty(or something similar).

    Have another Para Smock that has a white rectangle sewn to the outside of the collar but no numbers on it(unless faded/washed out)

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    Re: 77 Pattern Para Smock-RADAR??

    Post by loski on Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:20 pm

    I have a late 80's early 90's para smock that has a green patches factory sewn to the inside of the chest pockets one has a blood group writen on it in black marker

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    Re: 77 Pattern Para Smock-RADAR??

    Post by Easy Gee on Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:05 pm

    Gulf91 wrote:
    Easy Gee wrote:Very cool Rich,love it Mate.

    The sewn on zap numbers on the pocket and collar are a very interesting addition,never seen anything like this before Mate

    Was told a long while back that this was the SOP for Paratroopers on active duty(or something similar).

    Have another Para Smock that has a white rectangle sewn to the outside of the collar but no numbers on it(unless faded/washed out)


    Cool, I had no idea, that's good information, and makes sense too Wink

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    Re: 77 Pattern Para Smock-RADAR??

    Post by Easy Gee on Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:06 pm

    loski wrote:I have a late 80's early 90's para smock that has a green patches factory sewn to the inside of the chest pockets one has a blood group writen on it in black marker



    Good info Graham, I need to get hold of one of these Para smocks and check this aspect out for myself.

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    Re: 77 Pattern Para Smock-RADAR??

    Post by Gulf91 on Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:09 pm

    Easy Gee wrote:
    loski wrote:I have a late 80's early 90's para smock that has a green patches factory sewn to the inside of the chest pockets one has a blood group writen on it in black marker



    Good info Graham, I need to get hold of one of these Para smocks and check this aspect out for myself.

    Gary,i would estimate that over the last 20 years or so 10-15 para smocks have passed through my hands and only ever seen it on 2.

    Not sure when it was implemented(is it still??) or if they were removed prior to selling?

    Wish i knew an ex Para(or possibly a serving one) to get the low down on this.

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    Re: 77 Pattern Para Smock-RADAR??

    Post by loski on Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:41 pm

    I know an ex para who was at Goose Green in 82 I will ask him if he can enlighten

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    Re: 77 Pattern Para Smock-RADAR??

    Post by Easy Gee on Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:07 pm

    Gulf91 wrote:
    Easy Gee wrote:
    loski wrote:I have a late 80's early 90's para smock that has a green patches factory sewn to the inside of the chest pockets one has a blood group writen on it in black marker



    Good info Graham, I need to get hold of one of these Para smocks and check this aspect out for myself.

    Gary,i would estimate that over the last 20 years or so 10-15 para smocks have passed through my hands and only ever seen it on 2.

    Not sure when it was implemented(is it still??) or if they were removed prior to selling?

    Wish i knew an ex Para(or possibly a serving one) to get the low down on this.


    Yeah,it is something worthwhile to get to the bottom of Mate Wink

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    Re: 77 Pattern Para Smock-RADAR??

    Post by Easy Gee on Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:08 pm

    loski wrote:I know an ex para who was at Goose Green in 82 I will ask him if he can enlighten


    That would be VERY good to know Wink

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    Re: 77 Pattern Para Smock-RADAR??

    Post by loski on Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:56 pm

    hi Hary
    Im going to drop by an see him over the weekend I will let you know what he says
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    Re: 77 Pattern Para Smock-RADAR??

    Post by 5645andym on Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:31 am

    Gulf91 wrote:

    Have another Para Smock that has a white rectangle sewn to the outside of the collar but no numbers on it(unless faded/washed out)

    Although not a Para some of us used a small white patch on the underside of the collar. On a patrol in the dark the collar could be turned up to show the white patch which made it easier for the guy behind to follow you through the woods.

    Others had fancy luminous patches on a band round their helmet

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    Re: 77 Pattern Para Smock-RADAR??

    Post by Easy Gee on Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:28 pm

    5645andym wrote:
    Gulf91 wrote:

    Have another Para Smock that has a white rectangle sewn to the outside of the collar but no numbers on it(unless faded/washed out)

    Although not a Para some of us used a small white patch on the underside of the collar. On a patrol in the dark the collar could be turned up to show the white patch which made it easier for the guy behind to follow you through the woods.

    Others had fancy luminous patches on a band round their helmet


    That's a useful concept, and quite effective I would imagine, cat's eyes are good though.

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