info wanted on issue dates of british desert camo

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    dee222
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    info wanted on issue dates of british desert camo

    Post by dee222 on Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:59 pm

    As the title say,s  I am looking for date when various patterns desert camo were issued or when the material pattern changed

    cheers

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    Re: info wanted on issue dates of british desert camo

    Post by bravo_2_zero on Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:04 pm

    Here is my guide to desert DPM

    Let's start from the beginning of official issue.

    1990

    We see the very first issue

    Jacket unknown not seen
    Trousers lightweight , direct 1:1 of the green lightweights but in desert cam. These are very first issue and come with 4 part cam for waist band lining and inner pocket reinforcement.

    Colours , 4 screen 2 colours and 4 screen 4 colours for internal use only.

    Then the second issue 1990-1991

    A direct copy of the tropical suits

    Jacket 4 pockets , 2 chest , 1 pen , 1 FFD ( FFD come with square and triangles pocket flaps , pen pockets come with or without a flap. )
    Trousers , 4 pockets , 2 cargo with new non loss flap, 2 hand pockets and deletion of the rear pockets.

    Suits feature mix of sand and brown buttons

    Colours , 2 colour sparse , 4 screen 2 colour, could be more due to samples like I have.

    3rd type 1991-1993/4
    These are same as type 2 but a new camo print is added with shape changes.

    4th type 1993/4 - 1995

    With the introduction of new temperate uniforms the army gets a new set of tropicals too.
    The fabric is airtex and is coined tea bags and rots like a mother.

    Jacket, 3 pockets boxed edge stitched non loss flaps on the chest and a pen pocket with flap.
    Trousers, 4 pocket , 2 cargo boxed sewn edge , 2 hand pockets.

    Buttons are brown flat dish

    5th type aka combat 95 1995- few months

    We see continuation of the tea bag with a new cut to the jacket.

    Jacket, 3 pockets , 2 angled boxed sewn edge chest and a pen pocket. These jackets however feature 3 rank slides 2 shoulder and one chest.
    Trousers, 5 pockets , 2 boxed edge cargo , 2 hand and reintroduction of a single rear pocket.

    We now see the introduction of the Canadian slot buttons.

    6th type 1995 - today

    Same as 5th but with deletion of the shoulder rank slides

    This style remains in use today.


    This is the guide as I know of and if anyone can add a variant please fill me in.

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    Re: info wanted on issue dates of british desert camo

    Post by dee222 on Tue Apr 08, 2014 2:44 am

    Thanks for the info, I always wondered about the desert lightweights I got a pair of these a few years ago, I will pull my desert kit out and see what I have
    based on this info.

    Cheers

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