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New Zealand Issue DPM Combat Smock-Very Dark Colours??

Scotch Harry

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Not collecting NZ items as such but just picked this up and very surprised to see how dark the DPM print is and also the fabric,sort of like British Tropical material but slightly thicker.



My poxy camera strikes again,colours in reality are much darker than they show up here.










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From ebay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Paratrooper-JUMP-SMOCK-NEW-ZEALAND-Army-Camouflage-NZDF-DPM-Camo-Like-DENISON-/121159200119?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c35a6ad77


This RARE New Zealand Armed Forces 1986 dated camouflage Parachutist's jump smock (Like the famed Denison Smock) is one than MOST collector's simply will NOT HAVE

WORN by The FEW New Zealand Army parachute-trained soldiers and by the ELITE NZSAS (New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment) or S.A.S.

The NZDF have got particularly SECURITY CONCIOUS recently and will NO LONGER SUPPLY used NZDPM uniforms to the Army Surplus Stores

Current regulations REQUIRE that all NZDF DPM garments be DESTROYED once they are no longer required

As a consequence of this ? the ONLY "source of supply" for such is from current or ex-serving members of the TINY NZDF

SIZE = 4 which is SMALL (medium small) will not fit a fatty

The New Zealand disruptive pattern material, also known as the New Zealand DPM, is the official camouflage uniform used by the New Zealand Armed Forces.

It is very similar to the British Disruptive Pattern Material.

Historically, New Zealand's armed forces used British DPMs, with the first issues of 1968 Pattern smock and trousers being made in 1980.

These were replaced with the first of the New Zealand pattern DPM in 1984–1985, and there have been several iterations since.

In the mid-1990s a quantity of British windproof smocks were purchased as the indigenously developed DPM camouflage woollen "Swanndri" had never really found favour due to its weight (especially when wet), bulk and impractical cut.

This dress is worn by all ranks of the New Zealand Army and New Zealand Defence Force for most forms of training and on operations.

Medals and medal ribbons are never worn with this uniform as its main purpose is camouflage.

Those deployed on operations and peacekeeping missions wear a black and white Kiwi badge and New Zealand flag badge on their left arms to identify them as New Zealanders, as well as multinational force identification badges and headwear as appropriate, including the United Nations, International Security Assistance Force or Multinational Force and Observers badges.

When worn in the field, the sleeves are rolled down, and camouflage face paint is worn.

1997 Pattern

After a series of cheaply made shirt and trouser iterations, a new pattern was issued in 1997; it resembled in DPM colour and cut the British jungle DPM shirt and trousers used until the late 1990s which were lighter in colour than the British "Combat Soldier 95" pattern. Of high-quality manufacture, the shirt and trousers feature double knees, elbows and seat. Rank slides are worn on the shoulders. A lightweight 100% cotton DPM windproof smock is issued, which has a rank slide on the front, covered buttons and an integral hood.

2008 Pattern

In late 2008, New Zealand Army commenced issue of a new combat uniform. It is still New Zealand DPM camouflage, but now made in rip-stop material and in a new cut which is somewhat similar to the latest style of Australian DPCU, US ACU and British PCS MTP uniforms, in that the patch pockets on the shirt are replaced by internal, vertical closure pockets and the shirt is cut for wear outside the trousers, and a camouflaged rank slide is worn on the front tab.



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They are rareish in the UK but thats about it.



If it is true that the NZDF has changed it's policy with regard to surplusing uniforms out, then I guess they'll be rare in New Zeland as well...... Shame as it is a neat looking uniform.



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Still got all my issue DPM's and they worked great in our dark native bush. Not to keen on the new digi (insert bad word here).

Gave me a chuckle to actually, there were indeed some issued with 'jump' flaps and not everyone got them. Most were issued without so yes it does make them 'sought after' but by no means 'rare'


Sadly real camo is a thing of the past now... A nice piece to have

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