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Falklands Issue Reversable Jacket ?

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I have been sorting through some uniforms and equipment I bought last year, and the jacket below was amongst the items, it has a paper price label with the following on it "Falklands F/W Reversable Grn White Smock, as I intend to do a few local fetes, where I have exhibited some of my Militaria collection in the past, and with this year being Falklands 30th anniversary, I wondered if this would be appropiate and accurate to display ?, is there any photographic proof these were used during the conflict or would it have been produced for use post conflict.

It is named inside the hood "Stone" and in both sleeves "778 PB-S", there appears to have been a label by the zip (see close up photo), but nothing else.

Some of the white finish is flaking off.

Regards Gary

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Yes definitely used and seen in some well known photos from the conflict. Marines and Paras certainly had them from a quick look at google.

 

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Paul

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VERY hard to come by as well with the trs even harder to find.

 

Really? I bought a jacket one at the car boot last year cheap and used it in the jeep, are they worth anything then?

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I have one with the label saying Small with the tapes in olive and a later one with olive tapes, both have suffered the fate of the dreaded glue fail monster on the tapes.

Jon

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I will try to dig mine up sometime, i remember that the tapes had started to peel. I bought it off a person who said that it was a special forces jacket, looking at it i was not sure that it was because it didnt look very military. I paid a stupidly low price for it and though it would be handy for something, i used it last year on my pup tent as it is only the half closed type. Done the job very well, could easily have been nicked on many occasions!

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Army-issue item.....the green/white reversible dates from the mid 70s and was introduced as part of the new-issue arctic clothing alongside the DPM arctic windproof suit, hat, etc.......it basically saved on having to carry two waterproofs in arctic climates and could be worn green or white depending on the presence of snow or not.......

 

Many paras and marines had these available for the Falklands, alongside the windproofs............they were still listed as an issue item during 86 according to my QM CG (combat clothing) catalogue........

 

Much proofed nylon clothing from this period, reinforced with tapes and rubberising for waterproofing, suffers from deterioration due to age........I have a very nice, rare 1st pattern OG nylon "crisp packet" NI nylon waterproof in almost mint condition on the outside but the interior is poor.......same story with a scarce RN issue MK 3 waterproof jacket in green rather than blue.......:(

 

Sabre Sales had a fair few green/white jackets and trousers in stock....all suffering from the deterioration noted above.....

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my version has a nato stock number on it, the seams on the green side going off white!

 

Mark

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Dug mine up, it is in much beeter condition than i remember, most of the tape is stuck, you can see through the white in place but it is in pretty good condition.

 

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they should have just issued troops with jeans, rigger boots, cammo jackets ,and bennie hats would have blended in with the locals then!!:cool2:

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Army-issue item.....the green/white reversible dates from the mid 70s and was introduced as part of the new-issue arctic clothing alongside the DPM arctic windproof suit, hat, etc.......it basically saved on having to carry two waterproofs in arctic climates and could be worn green or white depending on the presence of snow or not.......

 

Many paras and marines had these available for the Falklands, alongside the windproofs............they were still listed as an issue item during 86 according to my QM CG (combat clothing) catalogue........

 

Much proofed nylon clothing from this period, reinforced with tapes and rubberising for waterproofing, suffers from deterioration due to age........I have a very nice, rare 1st pattern OG nylon "crisp packet" NI nylon waterproof in almost mint condition on the outside but the interior is poor.......same story with a scarce RN issue MK 3 waterproof jacket in green rather than blue.......:(

 

Sabre Sales had a fair few green/white jackets and trousers in stock....all suffering from the deterioration noted above.....

 

Oddly, the items appear in the "CG" list even though the labelled example further down this thread has a NSN (correctly) prefixed by the "CM" (specialist applications) designation......as also found on DPM arctic windproofs, etc....

 

Early issues (pre-82 ish) should have the old size number range.....later issues the metric sizing as shown.....

 

Indeed, a "specialist" item as part of the arctic-issue ensemble, but not exclusively para or marine issue despite these troops, particularly marines, being common users of these garments from (usually) northern NATO deployments....

 

Despite being labelled as a "combat smock", these were very much an over-garment, featuring no pockets at all......

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Just found an old list.......these suits (jackets and trousers) appear to have been made in 3 sizes only (1, 2 & 3, or Small, Medium & Large......followed by Metric Sizing on later issues)..........

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I wish I could get that money for a £10 garment

Jon

 

 

You could say that about anything that sells for stupid money on Ebay,look at 60 Patt smocks etc.

 

Those Reversible Jackets are rarer than most items,I can honestly say in 10 years or more that is the 1st I have seen on Ebay.

 

Even though in my opinion it is a rare garment is it worth that much,not to me personally but as we all see on a daily basis Ebay has gone mad;);)

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Best I get back down to Sabre Sales......they recently had a fair few NOS reversible smocks and trousers.....and at a mega cheap price....:D

 

Add "Falklands" to the description and you seem to enhance your chances of a profit...........rather strange, as there was not a lot of special stuff introduced for the conflict....most of what was issued had been kicking around for at least 10 years previously.......(and after......if my own issue kit up to 85 was anything to go by.....:undecided:)......

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i think i'll buy loads of 68 pattern para smocks for about a tenner a piece and re-sell them "AS USED IN THE FALKLANDS"

should make a killing :nut:

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Reversibles are ten to a penny on ebay, we got some years ago butthe tapes fell off. What is rare though are the pre falklands ones. The later ones which is the ebay one are easy to come by.

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Jon

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Very true......these items first appeared during the late 70s......the sizing will be 1 to 3 and anything used in the Falklands will still retain the old sizing system....the modern metric sizing didn't start to appear on most MoD clothing until 83-84 at the earliest.....

 

Sadly, even NOS garments of (now) 30-odd years old will often start to show the effects of age deterioration on components made of, or bonded by rubber.........a natural substance it will invariably deteriorate over time........often, this is very much dependent on storage........you can still find gas masks, etc, from WW2 still in damn fine condition....but others far less so.......

 

Frustratingly, I have a NOS green MK3 RN nylon hooded smock (quire a rare item) in the collection........it looks beautiful on the outside but the rubberised waterproof coating on the hood interior is literally flaking off.......:(

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Next time any of these appear on Ebay,either this type or the earlier labelled type can someone please point them out to me as I still stand by what i said in a previous post that I have never seen any on Ebay before in 10 years or so and I regularly scour Ebay so dont know how I have missed them:red::red:

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Next time any of these appear on Ebay,either this type or the earlier labelled type can someone please point them out to me as I still stand by what i said in a previous post that I have never seen any on Ebay before in 10 years or so and I regularly scour Ebay so dont know how I have missed them:red::red:

 

I think the difficulty often arises from items being poorly described, so you can miss them when doing a search.......I have a limited number of "fixed" searches that I regularly do, but other than spending hours trawling through everything (that I don't have time to do) it is often a case of pot-luck in finding the item you seek........

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I think the difficulty often arises from items being poorly described, so you can miss them when doing a search.......I have a limited number of "fixed" searches that I regularly do, but other than spending hours trawling through everything (that I don't have time to do) it is often a case of pot-luck in finding the item you seek........

 

Similar to how i search but when Panzer Nut claims 10 a penny i think of for example 68 Patt which is indeed 10 a penny on Ebay but not the reversibles:cry:

 

Also as i wouldnt mind a cheap pair of the trs i did contact Sabre and they have no Jackets or Trs in stock.

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