May be You already know, a brief history from origins:
In 1929 the italian army introduced their camo pattern called M29 or Telo Mimetico M29. This pattern was used during WW2 and after the war in a different colour variation till 1992. This camo pattern was the first military pattern which was widely issued by an army and also its continuous use by the italian army from 1929 – 1992 makes it the longest military issued camo pattern in history.
The pattern was tailored by the italians to make square Zeltbahns in a size of 70.87 x 70.87 Inches. The Zeltbahns could be buttoned together to make different kind of tents. In a second variation the Zeltbahns got, similar to german Zeltbahns, also a hole in the center which could be closed with a flap, so that they could also be worn as a poncho when it was raining. The italian camo pattern was only printed on one side. The back side of the fabric got a brown colour, but not a red brown like the post war fabric. The three colours of the War time pattern coloration are a chocolate brown, green or greyish green and a yellow or ochre. The greens never have a blue or aqua hue.
Post war Zeltbahns got the three typical colours which are a red brown, blue or turquoise and a yellow or ochre.
After the capitulation of the italian army in the year 1943 the Germans started to use the italian camo for their own troops like the 1.SS-Panzer-Division "LAH„ , the 12.SS-Panzer-Division "HJ„ and also to military police units. A lot of uniform items were tailored like tunics, caps, trousers, coveralls, fur lined parkas and the typical triangle Zeltbahn M31. Official no helmet covers were produced in M29 pattern.
Example of colors:
Left side: original italian WW2 square Zeltbahn. Right side: post war square Zeltbahn with the three typical colours which are a red brown, blue or turquoise and a yellow or ochre
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