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    British made 6 Color Desert Chocolate Chip "Mk. IV DPM Chemical Protective Smock"

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    Post by TennoHeikaNate on Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:06 pm

    I received this odd charcoal lined, British made chocolate chip chemical protective smock the other day, expecting a pair of US chocolate chip MOPP trousers. I've never seen this worn by British or US forces, at least in any photos of my Gulf War folders.
    I do have a few photos of one US Marine wearing a later style British chocolate chip smock with dual chest pockets, but this one remains elusive. Possibly made for export or contract made for the US that was never delivered?

    There's a lot of extra gas flap material sticking up in the neck, the tag is mislabeled "Mk. 1V DPM", and the left waist adjuster is missing, which leads me to believe these were a batch of factory seconds/defectives that were surplused.
    Dated 1990 in an oddly US style contract code, "L" level packed March 1991.




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    Compare a blurry photo of the whole set to a US 6 color MOPP suit that Sportsman's Guide was selling.
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    I've been unable to find any photos of US troops wearing 6 color NBC suits besides the few of the one 2-2 Marine wearing the later style British made one.
    All I have are the OD, Woodland, and some British Mk. IV woodland DPM ones.
    Some photos of Saudis look like they have a similar suit, but it might just be an indigenous-made suit though.

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    Post by CollectinSteve on Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:24 am

    Ooo... I like mysteries Wink

    The contract number is US and is more specifically a Marine Corps code.  I didn't know they had a special one, but they do and it was in use for quite some time (saw a truck with one from 2010).

    As I understand it the NATO stock number's country code is for country of manufacture.  In this case is 99 and that is the UK.  So it checks out that there could be a UK NATO stock number with a US contract number.  Very unusual as this would require a waiver for buying outside of the normal US based production.

    Swirling all this info together, it looks like the Marines Corps contracted for a bunch of chem suits from the Brits and at least some of them were delivered after the war ended.  Why the Brits?  Because when you need something fast you go to the first company that has the capacity to deliver.  In this case a very well known British supplier.  My guess is the US based firms were flat out making stuff for the Army and so, as is often the case, the Marines had to get creative. The US military was short on so much stuff going into Desert Shield that this doesn't surprise me at all.

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    Post by Camonut314 on Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:16 pm

    As coincidence would have it...

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    And Here's a couple more of the Saudis with a similar suit... and then the strange 4-color desert DPM one!

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    Post by Wolverine on Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:30 pm

    I have one of these smocks too, so this is nice information to find.

    I am not sure that the country code in an NSN necessarily indicates country of manufacture, but more typically, country of origin for a specific design or part. For instance, lots of Dutch stuff is made by Seyntex in Belgium, but it still has the Dutch country code in the NSN, not a Belgian one.

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    Post by CollectinSteve on Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:14 pm

    Good point. I read something last night when checking that specifically stated "manufactured", but that does sound wrong. I think you're right that it works differently when the item is designed by one country and made in another.

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