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    Post by TennoHeikaNate Tue Feb 20, 2024 12:57 am

    Here's a handful of Latvian things I've managed to pick up over a few years!
    First up, an unissued set of their first indigenous pattern, a sort of mixture of TTsKO and amoeba-like shapes.
    The cut is mistakeably Soviet with some of the Latvian's own touches, similar to early post-independence Estonian/Lithuanian uniforms.

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    The coat.
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    Paper tags.
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    Thick shoulder boards for pinning/sewing rank insignia on
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    Pleated pockets with a stitchline straight across the chest on top of the upper pockets, and tailor's soapstone markings still under the pocket flaps.
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    Single velcro sleeve pocket, split cuffs, and large shoulder gussets.
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    The trousers, with a fabric tag and rear pockets.
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    They also have a divided magazine leg pocket, but one or the other leg pocket was supposed to close with three buttons, and the tailor accidently sewed either the wrong pocket flap or the third button onto the wrong pocket.
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    Next, an NBS Camouflage/LATPAT "Uzbrukuma Mugursoma" (Assault Backpack). These were designed by Saab Barracuda of Sweden, and produced by NFM Group of Norway for the Latvian military.
    It's printed in the iconic NBS National Camouflage Pattern, better known as LATPAT.
    It features:
    -Padded back, hip pads, and shoulder straps
    -Sternum and waist buckle straps (missing waist strap from this example)
    -PALS/MOLLE loops all over and under
    -Main zipper compartment with mesh hydration bladder pouch and velcro radio antenna ports
    -Tube opening at top back and elastic loops on shoulder straps for hydration bladder tube
    -Two secondary zipper pockets with internal zippered mesh pockets and felt lining
    -Waterproof lining on bottoms of all compartments and bottom of pack
    -Upper and lower buckle compression straps

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    A 1990's Latvijas Republikas Zemessardze (Latvian National Guard) patch, part felt, part vulcanized rubber.
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    And last for now, a modern Zemessardze patch for the 22nd Battalion, to be worn on the LATPAT uniform.
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    All for now, enjoy!
    -Nate

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    Post by Camonut314 Tue Feb 20, 2024 9:47 pm

    Thanks once again for the detailed photos and album of reference pics!

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    Post by CollectinSteve Thu Feb 22, 2024 2:28 am

    Very nice!

    I just realized that the old 1990s uniform comes in two forms. The one you have has shapes that clearly overlap each other, but there's another version where they do not. It is a 2 pocket jacket with only velcro fasteners. Mine has metal "LV" emblems on the collar. My guess is it was for a non-active military component, such as police, home guard, etc.

    I also have a variant with slightly different colors, but otherwise seems to be the same. Standard production variation I suspect.

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    Post by CRjackson37 Tue Feb 27, 2024 9:43 am

    Very nice collection, I remember seeing the Latpat at Fort Sam Houston in 2008, worn by the Latvian medics. You can spy a lot of unusual camouflage at the school house.

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    Post by fourtycoats Fri Apr 05, 2024 3:40 pm

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    Post by TennoHeikaNate Fri Apr 05, 2024 8:02 pm

    Both variants with insignia to boot, great finds!
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    Post by ripcord Fri Apr 05, 2024 8:30 pm

    Magnificent score, Congrats Sean. Normal one on right is difficult enough to find, but that left one is simply unobtanium !! WoW !!  


    Here is a newer one I recently found to replace a faded one..








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    Post by CollectinSteve Sat Apr 13, 2024 1:27 am

    Thanks for the side by side Sean, and definite congrats on that one.

    Many years ago someone offered me the experimental desert that had the shape of Latvia baked into it. It was a lot of money at the time ($500?) and I decided to pass on it. I still think I made the right decision, but... only just barely! Those turned out to be super rare and I've only seen maybe one other since.

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    Post by czech_beer_1941 Sun Apr 21, 2024 2:08 pm

    Hello everyone! I've been collecting primarily Latvian uniforms for the last few years, I've found some really neat pieces as of late. I also have a fair bit of Latvian butan uniforms, if anyone is interested in seeing them.

    These are just my Latvian made BDU's, from roughly 1994-2014~.

    1. Named Latvian naval forces ripstop BDU, made by "AUS", named to a Pāvels Lebedevs, who stationed in Liepāja between 2000 and 2003
    2. Latvian ripstop BDU, made out of US 100% cotton ripstop, I'm not sure what branch it came from, as there's only a small trace of a "Latvija" patch
    3. Latvian twill BDU, also owned by Pāvel, he modified the collar, so it would permanently be an open collar uniform, has the rank of "Matrozis"
    4. Latvian Zemessardzes twill BDU, sadly the seller of it removed the name patch, however it has the rank of Virsleitnants, it also has the english language "Latvia" patches, which were mostly seen on foreign deployment uniforms. I also have the guy's old M65, with the same rank and patch setup Smile
    5. Factory reject twill BDU, made by "Neja&ko", its made out of a roughly 70/30 mix of cotton and polyester, which was commonly used on Latvian twill uniforms. However, I believe some uniforms were also made out of US made 50/50 NYCO
    6. Zemessardzes reservist's/private's BDU, its missing its shoulder board cyphers and the rank, which was only really done by people who had just enlisted in the Zemessardze, or people who were reservists. This practice was most often seen after the mid 2000s, so my guess this uniform was issued after 2004 or so

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    Post by TennoHeikaNate Sun Apr 21, 2024 8:59 pm

    Excellent ensemble of woodland there czech_beer, great showcase of the pattern variations!

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    Post by czech_beer_1941 Mon Apr 22, 2024 7:06 am

    TennoHeikaNate wrote:Excellent ensemble of woodland there czech_beer, great showcase of the pattern variations!

    Thanks! Later I'll post some of the Latvian butan uniforms, I have a bunch of Zemessardzes issue ones from 1992-1994 and also an extremely rare transitional Zemessardzes butan tunic with woodland insignia from 1994-1997, they were worn by rear-lines/reservist nationalguardsmen, almost impossible to find photos of them in use.

    Below is a photo of one in use by a kaprālis in 1996 or 1997  Latvian Stuff 1f603

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