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PetOp Pete

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    Ontario, Canada
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    1945-present combat uniforms and individual kit, small arms, war reportage, logistics
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    Technical writer and editor
  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. 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 t
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 equ
  7. Do these have the same variation in sizing as the 1960 Pattern combats (i.e. more restrictive pre-1966)?
  8. 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.
  9. 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 somew
  10. 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.
  11. It doesn't feel so bad if you just think 8090/0515. Thanks again for your insights.
  12. Thank you for that. It kinda puts paid to the notion of "uniformity" in uniforms. These changes must have driven the CQMS spare. Am I right in thinking that when the Pattern 1960 got looser, a squadie who used to wear a Size 8 suddenly went to a Size 7? If the changeover was phased in slowly it would also have meant men in the same unit looked like they were wearing different uniforms even though all the labels said they were technically the same pattern. Correct? I will keep my eyes open for what I can find here in Canada, but I suspect all roads will lead to our friends at ebay.
  13. I'll apologise in advance if I should have started a new thread but here goes anyway.... What are the differences between the early 1960 Pattern smocks and the later ones? (Not counting the introduction of DPM material.) Sometimes it seems as if there is a more-or-less continual evolution in uniforms over time, and the changes in designation (Pattern '60 to '68 for example) are arbitrary rather than significant of some major redesign.
  14. By chance would you still have that 22" zipper?
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