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  1. Here's my set. The utility pouch took a lot of finding.
  2. I know this is an old post, but..... I don't have relatives here but I have visited the cemetery at Madingley twice and I fully agree with your comment. Let's face it, when it comes to museums and memorials the Americans are second to none. A tremendously impressive and moving place that is well worth a visit.
  3. Yes clearly 1990-something, 6 or 8 apparently. No contract number so I can't add anything to that.
  4. A photo of the label or markings would help.
  5. Don't know what those are but the contract number is early 90s. Surely the 36 must be 76, 86 or 96, can't imagine a 36cm waist!
  6. These two pouches came to me as a pair on an otherwise standard 90 pattern set. The LH pouch differs from 90 patt in having a gate buckle in place of the front D ring and is presumably a trials piece. The RH pouch has square flap corners as above. (While I'm here, if anyone has a spare trials utility pouch in very good condition....LH or RH, I don't care!)
  7. It's not usually difficult to tell private purchase from issue items. If it has no contract number it's not ex-MoD. Very, very occasionally clothing turns up with a spurious contract number but too infrequently to have much impact. Ditto spurious NSNs, though even a real one of those doesn't make a garment ex-M0D.
  8. CWCW is indeed Silvermans and the number under CWCW isn't a contract number but washing instructions spec SC/UK/3698, which used to appear on cotton garments of the 70s to 90s. I'm not aware of Silvermans ever having a UK MOD contract (CWC is Cabot Watch Company), but like SASS and Arktis they certainly produced lookalike windproofs which were bought by individual soldiers out of their own pocket. Difficult to date the above smock but my guess would be early 90s.
  9. Looks like a contract for a Middle Eastern army, Omani perhaps.
  10. Jerry, you are right. I'd been referring to my master list on my PC and I wondered where you were getting 1983 from. Looking again at my original post, I can see that I'd unfortunately made a typo and put 1983 for one of the SL31s instead of the actual date, which was 1985. I've now edited it accordingly. I'm sorry for the confusion this has caused and I hope you didn't buy the para smock purely on that basis.
  11. My list puts the first SL contract in 1985 and this smock around 1987. These were often worn in Op Granby, mostly but not always by tank crews. Are you sure the FFD pocket hasn't been removed? Sadly this is sometimes done to deceive. Edited To Add: the label looks like 31b, which para smocks of this period always seem to be. I think Compton Webb Headdress and J Compton Sons and Webb were different arms of the same company, not certain about that.
  12. Reverting to my original post of 2014, an Arctic smock did eventually turn up.
  13. They still crop up occasionally but have never been common. One sold on ebay a month ago for £22 here, a good size but with some paint marks. I think that as Scotch Harry says, they did drop right down and could be had for a tenner or so but have since gone up again. I've also just got the two so no spares here I'm afraid.
  14. That one below looks very familiar...(goes off to check his wardrobe) - yes, still there! It is almost certainly 1979 but might just be 1980. Obviously I can see how CT1A seems odd considering 2, 3 and 4 are all pre-90s, and we can all have our opinions but for me there isn't much room for doubt. Those CT1A smocks are part of a whole series of mid-90s codes and I've seen no evidence to suggest that early codes were ever recycled. And if it were CT4B/1084 that would place it in 1982 or the beginning of 1983 at the latest, too early for a FFD pocket. Note also the lack of a maker name - ano
  15. There was an earlier one on ebay a few months back, not dated but with a clear A/78 contract number which put it with a fair degree of certainty to 1978. It didn't make much money but these are still (for the moment) unappreciated, the poor relation of the SAS rucksack despite early examples being considerably rarer.
  16. In case it is of interest to anyone, here's the date marking inside the GS rucksack flap. As they so often are, it is infuriatingly faint but in good light you can just about make out the last line as CQC 1979.
  17. Isn't that the GS rucksack? See para. 22. This one's mine, faintly dated 1979.
  18. It's a S95 ripstop jacket. Google the NSN and you'll find all the details you need.
  19. It will be interesting to see what this rarity makes. I can't remember the last time one was up for sale. The cuffs appear slightly ragged but otherwise it looks in reasonable worn condition. I don't think I'm raining on anyone's parade by mentioning it here as it's clearly been well and truly seen already by Hosgpear's followers. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Paratroopers-1970s-DPM-Camouflage-Para-Smock-with-Wings-DZ-Flash-MSU-/351842617343?hash=item51eb7447ff:g:SpkAAOSwPCVX29zT
  20. It looks like a prototype of the para bergen. It has the same tabs on the flap and side pockets with room to put things behind them, but it seems to do up like a GS bergen. Might just be a 72 trials version but the OG suits don't seem to fit timewise if it's NI.
  21. A recent lucky find for a very reasonable sum: one of these in near NOS condition, material still quite flexible with no flaking and only a few spots of white surface loss. Size is Large for which read Huge. The jacket still has a papercloth size tag on the outside and appears unissued.
  22. There was a steady flow of Mk1 58 pattern on ebay during 2015. Now it seems to have dried up for no obvious reason. Ebay is an odd beast.
  23. No idea about cadets as I wasn't one. We fired the Browning 9 mm pistol at recruit camp, ditto the Stirling and I never saw either after that. We also each threw a Mills 36 grenade in training. C Company still had the LMG as opposed to the GPMG - we seemed always to get everything last! At 6 foot 3 I was usually the tallest and ended up carrying it, or the GPMG at recruit camp.
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