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Original 1950s Czechoslovakian Experimental Mrácky Clouds Camouflage Shelter-Half

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is an exceptional example of an experimental Czechoslovakian shelter-half, showcasing a unique Mráčky camouflage print that was only used for a brief period. This specific design is highly sought after by collectors due to its rarity and distinctive appearance. The shelter-half appears to be in near pristine condition, with hardly any signs of wear or use, except for some minor storage marks.

The entire shelter-half measures approximately 70 inches by 72 inches, providing ample coverage for one or two individuals. The fabric is made of durable and water-resistant material, which was designed to withstand harsh weather conditions. All of the plastic button toggles are present and in excellent working condition, making the set complete and ready for use.

Overall, this experimental Czechoslovakian shelter-half is a remarkable piece of military history that would make an excellent addition to any collection. Its unique design, pristine condition, and rare Mráčky camouflage print make it a highly sought-after item that is sure to impress any enthusiast.

During the 1950s, there were several new patterns of camouflage that emerged, including the mrácky ("clouds") reversible pattern. This pattern was officially designated as Letní maskovací oděv se skvrnami or the "summer camouflage design with dapple pattern". The pattern has dark and light olive "cloud" shapes on a pale or lichen green background on one side, and on the other side, there are brown and light olive green "cloud" shapes on a tan or grey-tan background.

Some collectors speculate that this design was intended for use during specific seasons. The green side was possibly intended for wear in the Spring, while the grey side for Autumn wear. This has led to the references of "spring clouds" and "autumn clouds" by some collectors.

The Czechoslovak 22nd Airborne Brigade, as well as snipers and reconnaissance elements of the Army, used the lightweight, reversible uniforms printed with this pattern from the 1950s into the 1970s. It's interesting to note that, despite official production stopping in 1962, the uniforms continued to be used.

Overall, the mrácky reversible pattern played a significant role in the evolution of camouflage, and its use in the Czechoslovakian Army highlights the importance of functional and adaptable design in military uniforms.

A fantastic shelter-half that comes more than ready for display.

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