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Original Romania Cold War Era Circa 1960s “Inverse Leaf” Camouflage Sniper Smock with Trousers - No Romanian Markings

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Original Item: Only One Available. This "inverse leaf" pattern is an intriguing and distinct variation of the popular "leaf" pattern. It is believed to have been manufactured locally in the 1960s, providing a unique twist to the conventional design. The pattern is characterized by purple-brown leaf shapes that are printed on both grass green and pale green fields. The combination of these colors creates an eye-catching and visually appealing camouflage design that is sure to blend in with the environment.

It is worth noting that, despite its similarities to Soviet (and Polish) camouflage, this particular pattern is confirmed to be Romanian. The confirmation comes from the tags located on both the smock and the pants, which serve as a testament to the pattern's origin. Overall, the "inverse leaf" pattern is a fascinating piece of military camouflage that showcases the ingenuity and creativity of the people who designed and produced it.

The Soviet 1941 "leaf" pattern, with a grass green foliage pattern on a yellow-tan base, was introduced for service with Romanian Army reconnaissance personnel in 1960 and was used into the 1990s. The earliest production uniforms were made in the Soviet Union, and later models seem to have been made in Romania. Another variation of the pattern, with a brown foliage pattern on a light green base, was also produced for "autumn" usage, while the former was used for "spring" usage.

Romanian military personnel used camouflage uniforms that were copied from Soviet masksirovochyi kombinezon, or leaf pattern uniform, which were made in Russia during World War II. A similar uniform with a different vegetated print was also produced, and both entered service in the 1960s. These remained the only standard issue camouflage uniforms until 1990 when an indigenous design was introduced. Four years later, another design was added, and both patterns were used alongside each other for the next ten to fifteen years.

In 2002, Romania replaced their old uniforms with versions of the British Disruptive Pattern Material (DPM) for temperate and desert conditions, which are still used today.

This is a wonderful set, presented without any extensive damage. Comes more than ready for further research and display.

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