Jump to content

DPM Combat Cap

Recommended Posts

This week's other acquisition was a size 7 1/4 DPM combat cap. This was an eBay gamble that it would be big enough to fit me. Sadly not quite, so it looks like I need a 7 1/2 size one. (Join the queue I suspect...:undecided:)


I'm slightly puzzled as to when it was made. It looks like it's made of the earlier sateen material and has a pre-metric size, but it also has an 8415 prefix NSN which I believe is a post-1977 feature?




DMP cap markings R.jpg

DPM cap interior R.jpg

DPM cap exterior R.jpg

Edited by Enfield1940
Link to comment
Share on other sites

These were introduced from 1972 onward......the old green cap was worn with the new DPM clothing prior to this........


All initial manufacture up to the late 70s was in the older heavyweight fabric (satin-back cotton drill, or "sateen" as it is often termed)........and the earflap lined in khaki (brown) shirting flannel.......by the end of the 70s some production went over to the newer cotton-modal fabric and the flaps began to be lined with green-colour flannel........


Sizes ran from a 6 (size 48) through to a huge 7 & 7/8ths (size 63) and went up in eighths.......NSNs ran from 8415-99-132-1841 to 1856 (plus 1857 for "special" size)........the "8405 v 8415" NSN issue only affecting the 1968 pattern combat smock and trouser during the late-1970s............


"V & E Ltd" is thought to be "Vero and Everitt Ltd"..........


The presence of the old "A/78 - etc" contract number is also indicative of 70s manufacture.........:-D

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...