Desert 4 Color Jacket - What Country?

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    Desert 4 Color Jacket - What Country?

    Post by nkomo on Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:38 pm

     Picked this jacket up on my recent trip.  It is a four pocket jacket with shoulder straps.  Only tag this one has in the neck area and says LARGE with a hand written 45.  I am leaning towards Kuwaiti because another dealer where I got this had some Kuwaiti cap badges.  Thoughts?  Thanks!




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    Re: Desert 4 Color Jacket - What Country?

    Post by CollectinSteve on Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:15 am

    I think it is Bahraini. I have something from there with similar tailoring and buttons. But these 4 color DPM patterns confuse me to no end. Just too many! Very Happy

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    Re: Desert 4 Color Jacket - What Country?

    Post by nkomo on Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:19 am

     It could easily be Bahraini.  I picked it up at flea market for $4.  The flea market was around one of the US Special Forces bases and with the amount of training/advising USSF does, it could be from just about anywhere.


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    Re: Desert 4 Color Jacket - What Country?

    Post by drmatz on Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:05 am

    This is Omani air force DPM... that's what a middle eastern collector told me... I've seeing a few of them being sold recently, but all mislabeled as iraqi... I can't really confirm, but that was the info i got.


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    Re: Desert 4 Color Jacket - What Country?

    Post by drmatz on Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:06 am

    Just checked "Camopedia" and it also states is omani air force... So i guess it's official Smile

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    Re: Desert 4 Color Jacket - What Country?

    Post by CollectinSteve on Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:52 am

    Thanks!  Well, it looks like the Bahraini set I sold is actually Omani!  The irony is the same guy made both identifications, though many years apart Smile It's a horribly under documented and confusing time period to identify things correctly, so I'm not surprised to find out it isn't what I thought it was.

    My set was collected in the early 1990s at the latest.

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    Re: Desert 4 Color Jacket - What Country?

    Post by nkomo on Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:32 pm

    Thanks, fellers!


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    Re: Desert 4 Color Jacket - What Country?

    Post by vonstuck on Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:15 am

    Hello
    I have put my jacket at Bahrain
    Gilles
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    See this link
    http://bahrainonline.org/showthread.php?t=176082

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    Re: Desert 4 Color Jacket - What Country?

    Post by CollectinSteve on Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:01 am

    The problem so many countries used a half dozen patterns/cuts at any given time and then changed every few years. Clear labels are a rarity. The colors and cut of each are a little different, but without good photos with definite origin it's really difficult to say. And only a few of these patterns are well photographed.

    My current leaning is Oman Airforce. The reason I say that is the person who identified my set as Bahraini has apparently now decided it is Omani. I know his research methodology enough to know he would not make that change unless he had a very good reason. And his reasons are generally sound.

    Of course it could be the uniform was used by both Bahrain and Omani Airfroce, but I doubt that since examples of EXACT use of the same uniform between two countries in the ME is not common.

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    Re: Desert 4 Color Jacket - What Country?

    Post by vonstuck on Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:53 pm



    Picture of the Omani air force
    The drawing of the DPM pattern is different than the Barhaini DPM pattern
    So, for me this jacket have the Barhaini DPM pattern
    But I think it is a civil jacket
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    Re: Desert 4 Color Jacket - What Country?

    Post by CollectinSteve on Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:12 am

    Ah! Very good information. For sure it isn't the same uniform worn by Omani Airforce in recent years. However, the uniform that started this thread is 20 years old so I don't think it means very much either way. Middle East countries change their uniforms often.

    Since I don't have this particular uniform anymore I guess I shouldn't care Smile

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