Ruff guide to Infantry uniform 84-90

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Ruff guide to Infantry uniform 84-90

Post by Tinweasel » Sun May 11, 2014 3:52 pm

In 1984 a new uniform started to be issued through out the British army, often known as 85 pattern.

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The idea was to make the soldier more comfy, the clothing was lighter and faster drying, the DMS boots and putties were replaced by Boots Combat High, the steel Mk5 helmet was replaced by the Mk6 made of ballistic nylon and the KF shirt was replaced by the General Service shirt, that at least was the theory. The boots rolled out fairly quickly but some regiments still had to put putties on to for a short time, the new helmets took till the early 90's to completely replace the earlier ones and the KF shirts were still filling the stores and had to be used up before the GS shirts could be issued, and many of the old and bold kept the 68 pattern kit for use on operation or exercise. Also the new kit had a habit of falling to bits as while a lot of thought had gone into overcoming the shortfalls of previous clothing it was very much made to a price. But from here it is easy to see the beginnings of the later CS95 uniform.
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Re: Infantry 84-90

Post by Tinweasel » Thu May 15, 2014 10:42 am

the above photo shows how things were intended to be right from the outset, however in reality it wasn't so clean cut. Very few soldiers would have looked like that in 1984, a couple of years later it started to become more common, however many units would still have had the Mk5 helmet and KF shirt. The helmets were oftern replaced as troops needed them, so if you went to say NI you would be given the new type helmet and the better protection it offered, the KF shirt was replaced as stocks ran out, so some units had then till the 90's

So to put this impression together you will looking to get,

Mk5/6 helmet or beret
KF or GS shirt or on exercise/deployment a Norwegian top is also ok
Wooly pully
84 pattern smock and trousers
Boots combat high
58 pattern webbing or after about 89 olive green PLCE

Weapons wise you have plenty to chose from as the SLR, SMG, LMG, GPMG were all still in use right through the period and on the 2nd of October 1985 the Worcestershire and Sherwood Forrester's were issued with the SA80 and LSW in A1 form
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Re: Infantry 84-90

Post by Tinweasel » Sun May 18, 2014 8:55 pm

This impression would work from 84 to 88, with the Mk 5 helmet and KF shirt and a clansman 351

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When I get the chance I will photograph the individual uniform items

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Re: Ruff guide to Infantry uniform 84-90

Post by Tinweasel » Wed May 28, 2014 10:06 pm

Ok time for a little look at the different items no already covered in a past thread

Starting at the top you have the Mk6 helmet made from ballistic nylon
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The GS shirt, lighter in weight and made from cotton. its far more comfortable than the woollen KF shirt
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84/85 pattern smock, half lined and with bellows type pockets and Velcro at the cuffs
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84/85 pattern trousers, again half lined and with bellows pockets at the leg
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and finally Boots High Leg
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Unfortunately I didn't have use of my camera to take most of these, so had to use the iPad to get the photos so sorry if the quality is not as good as normal

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Re: Ruff guide to Infantry uniform 84-90

Post by Vlaanderen » Thu May 29, 2014 8:53 pm

Hi Shaun,

An excellent and informative section to the site,................awaiting the next edition. :D

Keep up the good work.

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Re: Ruff guide to Infantry uniform 84-90

Post by Tinweasel » Sat May 31, 2014 8:28 pm

Thanks Norman, the next one may take a little while to get around to though family life and what not
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