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    Post by mylle on Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:59 pm

    Nice piece with many pockets, just like the Czech stuff. Smile

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    Post by Thibir on Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:52 am

    Just a bit of trivia.

    This parka and all similar Czechoslovak, Czech and Slovak parkas from vz. 60 on are called congo jackets. The rumour is that the mlok camouflage reminded somebody some of African camouflage (not necessarily Republic of Congo) so the mloks were for some period of time called congos. Later when the mlok uniforms were not issued anymore just surplus mlok parkas were worn with needles trousers and jackets. Order to do so was "wear your needles with your congos." However the next generation of conscripts didn´t know that congo referred to mlok camo. They thought that congo jacket meant parka. And voila parkas are known as congo jackets in Slovak and Czech army.
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    Post by Gulf91 on Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:16 pm

    Recently bought one of these Parkas,very nice and even nicer in that it has a Dutch Goretex inner liner nicely sewn in to the Parka. Would this have been an in service mod or just a civvy/surplus shop addition?

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    Post by Thibir on Thu Nov 26, 2015 8:51 am

    I have never seen or heard about modification like this which of course doesn´t meant that it might not be field modification. But I guess it is far from common one.

    I would say it is 50:50 chance it was either modification done by resourceful soldier or surplus shop.
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    Post by Gulf91 on Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:51 pm

    Will try and post some pics up when I can,very well done,all neatly machine sewn etc so no idea.Was going to wear it as a winter waterproof jacket but the hood is unlined so wouldnt I doubt be that waterproof(not an issue for soldiers I guess while wearing a helmet)

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