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    Post by nkomo Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:38 pm

     Picked this jacket up on my recent trip.  It is a four pocket jacket with shoulder straps.  Only tag this one has in the neck area and says LARGE with a hand written 45.  I am leaning towards Kuwaiti because another dealer where I got this had some Kuwaiti cap badges.  Thoughts?  Thanks!

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    Post by CollectinSteve Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:15 am

    I think it is Bahraini. I have something from there with similar tailoring and buttons. But these 4 color DPM patterns confuse me to no end. Just too many! Very Happy

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    Post by nkomo Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:19 am

     It could easily be Bahraini.  I picked it up at flea market for $4.  The flea market was around one of the US Special Forces bases and with the amount of training/advising USSF does, it could be from just about anywhere.


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    Post by drmatz Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:05 am

    This is Omani air force DPM... that's what a middle eastern collector told me... I've seeing a few of them being sold recently, but all mislabeled as iraqi... I can't really confirm, but that was the info i got.


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    Post by drmatz Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:06 am

    Just checked "Camopedia" and it also states is omani air force... So i guess it's official Smile

    http://camopedia.org/index.php?title=Oman



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    Post by CollectinSteve Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:52 am

    Thanks!  Well, it looks like the Bahraini set I sold is actually Omani!  The irony is the same guy made both identifications, though many years apart Smile It's a horribly under documented and confusing time period to identify things correctly, so I'm not surprised to find out it isn't what I thought it was.

    My set was collected in the early 1990s at the latest.

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    Post by nkomo Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:32 pm

    Thanks, fellers!


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    Post by vonstuck Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:15 am

    Hello
    I have put my jacket at Bahrain
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    http://vonstuckcamouflage.free.fr/bahrain.php

    See this link
    http://bahrainonline.org/showthread.php?t=176082
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    Post by CollectinSteve Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:01 am

    The problem so many countries used a half dozen patterns/cuts at any given time and then changed every few years. Clear labels are a rarity. The colors and cut of each are a little different, but without good photos with definite origin it's really difficult to say. And only a few of these patterns are well photographed.

    My current leaning is Oman Airforce. The reason I say that is the person who identified my set as Bahraini has apparently now decided it is Omani. I know his research methodology enough to know he would not make that change unless he had a very good reason. And his reasons are generally sound.

    Of course it could be the uniform was used by both Bahrain and Omani Airfroce, but I doubt that since examples of EXACT use of the same uniform between two countries in the ME is not common.

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    Post by vonstuck Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:53 pm

    Desert 4 Color Jacket - What Country? Oman_010

    Picture of the Omani air force
    The drawing of the DPM pattern is different than the Barhaini DPM pattern
    So, for me this jacket have the Barhaini DPM pattern
    But I think it is a civil jacket
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    Post by CollectinSteve Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:12 am

    Ah! Very good information. For sure it isn't the same uniform worn by Omani Airforce in recent years. However, the uniform that started this thread is 20 years old so I don't think it means very much either way. Middle East countries change their uniforms often.

    Since I don't have this particular uniform anymore I guess I shouldn't care Smile

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