Colour of Airborne Clothing?

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Colour of Airborne Clothing?

Postby Boo-Sabum Ben » Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:12 pm

Hi guys,

After looking at a lot of reference pics, there seems to be a fair few different shades of clothing floating around when it comes to US airborne impressions.

I recently picked up a set of Austrian clothing. I'm not a re-enactor, and the cut and location of pockets etc looked good enough to justify saving £30 on each item of the clothing.

When I got them they were a lot darker green than I thought, and how they looked in the picture. However, they are a very close to being a good enough shade of green for standard infantry.

My question being, would it have been fairly reasonable to assume that if, out in the field, a paratrooper might have ended up with damaged clothing, and switched out to standard infantry clothing, just to keep himself in fighting order?
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Re: Colour of Airborne Clothing?

Postby Boo-Sabum Ben » Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:47 pm

A couple of pictures for reference:

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Backpack and Mag bag are repro, the belt and suspenders are genuine.
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Re: Colour of Airborne Clothing?

Postby Jay7 » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:05 pm

You might get away with them for M43,but its hard to tell from the pics. M43 was issued the Airborne units post D Day on a replacement basis.
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Re: Colour of Airborne Clothing?

Postby Wattsy » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:20 pm

it could pass for a late war GI impression if used with roughouts & gaiters or a pair of buckle boots
like so
http://www.sofmilitary.co.uk/re-enactor ... ifrom.aspx
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Re: Colour of Airborne Clothing?

Postby Jay7 » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:25 pm

Anyway you already have the most useful bit of US kit,the mussette bag.
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Re: Colour of Airborne Clothing?

Postby Boo-Sabum Ben » Wed Aug 05, 2015 5:32 pm

After much deliberation I decided that Ill just shell out the £100 for the set of 1942 suit and trousers. If you're gonna do it, do it right I guess!
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Re: Colour of Airborne Clothing?

Postby ww2stu » Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:47 am

Hi mate I have a couple of spare jump suiots for sale if you want one on the cheap mate.

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Re: Colour of Airborne Clothing?

Postby Boo-Sabum Ben » Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:21 pm

Cheers Stu, have hit you up on facebook :) Ill be throwing thompson mags alongside you before you know it! ;)

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