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    I've never found gaiters that useful tbh in a patrolling env but am RDF so limited experience. Plenty of hillwalking and I find the same
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    Great for night patrols and night nav's when you cant see where you are stepping.I always carry mine in my Bergen.
    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fridge Magnet View Post
    What are the changes to the DPMs?

    I saw a few people trialling the new boot today... Haix Scout in brown.
    Saw one of the lads in my location late last week wearing a pair. But he was issued same on foot of the fact that he is deploying overseas shortly.
    Canvas boots, fine for dry, dusty environments, but would be an absolute b'stard to get properly cleaned again if you stepped in a muckpond with them, IMHO.
    Asked him if they were Goretex lined, he didn't know...
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    Those are the Haix desert boots issued for Mali. Different beast but similar design.
    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    The more I think about it the more I am despising the idea of having to wear the proposed new shirt.
    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    The more I think about it the more I am despising the idea of having to wear the proposed new shirt.
    These are trial items at the moment, or confirmed future issues?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Truck Driver View Post
    These are trial items at the moment, or confirmed future issues?
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    I'm trying to picture how it looks from your description apod...

    A shirt but with no breast pockets and slits at the side and a pen pocket on one arm?
    I knew a simple soldier boy.....
    Who grinned at life in empty joy,
    Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
    And whistled early with the lark.

    In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    And no one spoke of him again.

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
    Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
    Sneak home and pray you'll never know
    The hell where youth and laughter go.

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    Imagine the current issue shirt.
    Now wadi the chest pockets.
    Now include a slit in the hem on each side like the current female shirt.
    Get the picture?
    Basically they have taken a male shirt and turned it into a female friendly shirt so they can save money by only having to buy one type of shirt.(Old female shirt wadied).
    So the females will be happy but the rest of us will look like shit.
    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    Got a look at the Haix scout Trial boots today.Two variants of the same boot being trialed. Brown leather and black leather versions.
    Buddy trialing them said they would be great as a Barracks boot but in his opinion they are two short to be an OP boot.
    http://www.ukmcpro.co.uk/Haix-Scout-.../p/4/7/563205/
    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    New DPM clothing roadshow in Cork yesterday.Working on getting pics.Watch this space.
    Anybody at it?
    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    New DPM clothing roadshow in Cork yesterday.Working on getting pics.Watch this space.
    Anybody at it?
    With the new spec'ed garments?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    With the new spec'ed garments?
    Apparently. And the still haven't fixed the pants AFAIK
    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    Interesting use of DPM in promotional activity!

    http://www.elbitsystems.com.au/produ...t-systems-bms/

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    Quote Originally Posted by TangoSierra View Post
    Interesting use of DPM in promotional activity!

    http://www.elbitsystems.com.au/produ...t-systems-bms/
    Looks similar but don't think it is (unless they just took it out of the wash)

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    Interesting. Israeli AC mains socket anyway, so taken in Elbit HQ!

    I've seen Irish DPM look similar to that under certain lighting, but the lighter green looks well off and overall the shapes seem fatter.

    Hmm, actually...

    http://www.leinsterleader.ie/resizer...is_sunday_.jpg
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    Last edited by apod; 17th May 2017 at 20:22.
    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    So will they want the smock collar up or down?
    Well, there's good news and bad news. The bad news is that Neil will be taking over both branches, and some of you will lose your jobs. Those of you who are kept on will have to relocate to Swindon, if you wanna stay. I know, gutting. On a more positive note, the good news is, I've been promoted, so... every cloud. You're still thinking about the bad news aren't you?

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    To be fair, fake pockets were nonsensical so might as well remove them. But don't see the chest side zip pockets as on the current version. Are they gone? Can't open the hood detail photo correctly so am curious as to how weatherproof the hood fixing to the smock will be. Initial reaction is that the shirt is not as bad as I first thought, from initial viewing. Any pics of the new T shirt?
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    To be fair, fake pockets were nonsensical so might as well remove them. But don't see the chest side zip pockets? Are they gone? Can't open the hood detail photo correctly so am curious as to how weatherproof the hood fixing to the smock will be. Initial reaction is that the shirt is not as bad as I first thought, from initial viewing. Any pics of the new T shirt?

    EDIT: Stone blind. Take it that's it under the DPM shirt????
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    I like the smock changes, if only it had pit zips! The arm pockets do look a bit too close to elbow height which would make them useless. The existing shirt pockets are kack anyway so losing them is no big deal. Has the rain suit changed at all apod? That new smock will be class in small on someone who should wear a medium!
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    Arktis have updated their "hot climate shirt" so it's a sensible garment to compare our shirt to


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    That new shirt is gack
    I knew a simple soldier boy.....
    Who grinned at life in empty joy,
    Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
    And whistled early with the lark.

    In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    And no one spoke of him again.

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
    Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
    Sneak home and pray you'll never know
    The hell where youth and laughter go.

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    Pure muck

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    Is there room for Cultaca flashes? :D
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