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    1945-present combat uniforms and individual kit, small arms, war reportage, logistics
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  1. Urine was, indeed, used in some historical tanning processes. There is some useful information from professional conservators here: https://www.canada.ca/en/conservation-institute/services/conservation-preservation-publications/canadian-conservation-institute-notes.html Just scroll down the list until you reach the Leather, Skin, and Fur section. I hope this helps.
  2. I used to be a paper conservator and textiles are a little outside my expertise but this much I know: most chemicals (sprays, washes, etc) are not stable in the long term and will have some kind of negative effect on your collection. Moths and other creepy crawlies, such as silverfish, treat natural fibres such as silk, wool, and cotton as food. You can buy insect traps to help monitor the situation, but your best strategy is to keep the humidity level close to 50% and have a good physical barrier between the bugs and your collection. Have a look at this site for some sound advice: http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1439925170741 Good luck.
  3. Including a lot more than just NATO and "friends" like Australia and NZ: http://www.nato.int/structur/AC/135/main/pdf/NCS_codes_chart.pdf But I wonder if politics might have kept South Africa out in the 1980s.
  4. And the Nato Supply code makes sense. However, the manufacturer does't appear to have ever had a CAGE Code. Was Apartheid-era South Africa even part of the cataloguing system back then?
  5. They were supposed to be worn with puttees! Nobody in our company ever did. Everybody wore the wonderful BCH (Boots, Combat, High) then threw them out on a regular basis since they were not POL resistant.
  6. Or when they discover that wearing them in the city leads to dehydration because it ain't -20 degrees outside. The same silliness happens here in Canuckstan with a brand of parka called Canada Goose. Kids buy them to make a fashion statement then sell them on because they're too hot. Who was it that said nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of "consumers"? Still, I wish I had stuffed my basement with surplus items when they were cheap. The missus would now have to apologize for all those snarky comments about my "green obsession". The Ventile parka on ebay is now almost up to a thousand quid. A dozen of those and one could contemplate a nice little cruise in the Pacific.
  7. http://www.ebay.ca/itm/261686446204?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 There seems to be a number of these on ebay lately, and there's no shortage of wealthy bidders. Did the seller make a wise investment 40 years ago or did someone discovered a lost Cold War-era supply depot?
  8. Our TA unit had the SLR (mix of wood and composite stocks) in 1990, along with the Bren as the company's LMG. The lovely Sterling was still the SMG too. And we wore puttees with our POL boots. The only "modern" kit we could boast about having was the S10 respirator.
  9. There would be if they were American-made or contained any US technology. ITAR (International Trade in Arms Regulations) catch just about anything with a military application. You'd need to consult the regs themselves to see what applied to the specific helmet.
  10. It depends on what you mean by "damage". To some folks, normal wear and tear is not damage. To a collector or museum professional anything that detracts from "as new" is damage. Cotton is an organic material, and as such was never intended to last forever. In a previous life I was a paper conservator, so textiles are a little out of my subject area, but you should hand wash in cool water and use a mild detergent that does not contain any fragrance or optical brighteners. Then hang to dry. In North America, textile conservators will use something called Orvus paste. Not sure what the UK equivalent would be.
  11. Do these have the same variation in sizing as the 1960 Pattern combats (i.e. more restrictive pre-1966)?
  12. PetOp Pete

    Boots

    Into the early '90s we still had POL boots and puttees but we never wore them. Just the BCH, which did not survive much exposure to fuels, so were replaced frequently. Being TA maybe it took longer to get relics like puttees out of the supply chain.
  13. Thank you Steve. I'm not old enough to recall the golden age when cockups couldn't be blamed on computers. But I've seen many examples of oddities such as one item having two NSNs and manufacturers putting the wrong CAGE on labels to be suspicious of anything that involves co-ordination between industry and government. It is difficult to tell when some things are simply an anomaly and when they were intended. You're probably right the NSN stayed the same because the DPM was a straightforward replacement for the green. It makes the most sense, and unless there is a paper trail hiding somewhere in an archive we can't know for sure.
  14. Hi. Not sure why you say "oddly". Although I am not a cataloguer, my employer is a defence manufacturer, and we sometimes update the configuration of parts without having to do all the form-filling required to get a new NSN assigned. Cataloguing is something of a "black art" but there seems to be a fair bit of latitude for an OEM to change a design as long as the "form, fit, and function" remain the same. Hence, swapping from green to DPM fabric wouldn't involve bending rules just to keep the same NSN -- and it would save a lot of folks in the supply chain unnecessary work.
  15. It doesn't feel so bad if you just think 8090/0515. Thanks again for your insights.
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