so I thought I'd share some pics.
Before this I only had just a early A-series (Beproevings serie A) body armor, and a VDN-Busch A1 helmet that came from Dutch stocks, while I only thought
that Schuberth prototypes were used at this time, not counting the tests with the NP-9 helmet in the 80's PSU80 project.
As you may see the armor covers are made of the regular DPM pattern later adopted for all items, and the field gear is all made in a thicker darker pattern.
Larger items can be seen with a serial number starting with a single letter followed by a few numbers, and many smaller items have no markings at all.
Early type A-series body armor.
Late type A-series body armor cover, and B-series body armor cover.
VDN-Busch A1 trial helmet. The cover is most likely not a trial item, but an early version before the type at the bottom of this post.
Early A-series backpack, and early backpack of the type that later became the standard. The A-series one has a zipper all the way around
to compress it when empty.
Very strange B-series trial backpack that needs a good cleaning. It has the same straps and some details as the 2nd backpack above,
but that's where the similarities end. Another collector told me he had once seen magazine pouches in this material too.
Trial FN FAL, UZI and shovel pouches, and a regular type shirt I got as a freebie.
Trial magazine pouches of a type of webbing that still isn't discovered, so noone knows how it attaches, will be selling some of these.
Some collectors I spoke to called this part of some Israeli inspired webbing, but no actual details were mentioned.
Trial pattern gasmask bag, with regular camo carrying strap and closure strap, possibly a very late trial type, as it also has an actual tag.
Trial radio backpack (for a radio model that eventually wasn't adopted into service), sleeping mat with trial cover (named)
The 2 packstraps and a later type 90's body armor plate are not trial versions, but simply bought on the same day, so I just
photographed it at the same time.
Trial compression sack (named and even dated, which is again pretty weird for trial stuff).
The alice clips, and a liner band for a M95 helmet were also just bought on the same day.
Not so much a trial item, but just an early version helmet cover for the Schubert 826 M95 helmet. I luckily found this large
sized one to replace my medium one, so I have one to sell if anyone needs it.
The 2nd photo is the actual medium size one.
Another probably non-trial item, an American Body Armor made vest from 1990 in the same camo as seen on fieldgear above. Supposedly these
were used by a small number of Dutch UNPROFOR peacekeepers in the 1st Signal battalion in Bosnia, and I should have a photo somewhere of it
being used much later in Afghanistan.
The pouches are all Marine Corps stuff, not trial.
I'm slowly trying to make a full trial field gear set, to couple it with early made (1990) regular cut uniform pieces, to show a possible full loadout as tested back then.
Sadly I can't find a canteen pouch, or small utility pouch yet.