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    Default Warsaw pact ground troops - cold war era

    Maybe we can dig out some hard to find personal photos or pics from rare books or magazines from the warsaw pact and non-allied (Jugoslavia) communist ground troops. Pics from that time frame are super hard to find, but they are around.

    Like different "rain drop camo" pattern variations, uniforms, helmets, weapons, etc. From Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, etc.....

    Let's try and keep it from the cold war era. All posts are welcome, just so we can gather them up in one warsaw pact section. I know many out there who only collect militaria and information from these countries from this time frame.


    Here's some Polish army pics.
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    Default Polish People Army camos

    The first camo used in Polish Army (in 1950's) was based on WW2 German splinter and used by soldiers from recon and para forces



    Lębork 1952:




    In the begining of 1960 was implemented raindrop pattern



    From 1970's till begininig of 1990's (in some second line units) was being used "Moro" pattern

    regular jacket:


    jacket used by para and special forces (latest version)


    regular cap:


    From the mid of 1980's untill the begining of 1990's was used a another pattern more green than Moro. It's called "Frog". What's interesting there are also in use winter parkas in this camo nowdays by second line units.


    reg. cap - look for the details



    Hardly known curiosity - experimental camo. AFAIk from the mid 1970's. Look tat the shape of spots - larger but very similar to the currenttly used camo pattern.

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    about Czechoslovakia check this thread man

    http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums...ad.php?t=63886


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    Main Guards of socialist principles - from field exercises Tarcza 76, (Shield 76)



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    would be also interesting to see pics, video footage from the joint exercises. Posters describing Warsaw pact forces advancing would be veryy interesting as well!

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    looks much like the norwegian camo.


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    Quote Originally Posted by desantnik85 View Post
    Good idea for a thread!

    I collect Warsaw Pact stuff, have a fairly large collection of photos...

    However, to kick things off, here are some photos i have from pre-civil war Yugoslavia. These came from a British soldier who found them in a filing cabinet at an abandoned army base in Kossovo...
    Yugoslavia has never been a member of Warsaw Pact

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    Few shots of polish soldiers gear from 50/60's:

    Soldier in typical old-style field uniform M-48, on head "rogatywka" cap:


    Soldier from recon-unit: on head M-50 polish combat helmet, he's wearing german style polish camo.





    Officer in field uniform:


    One of my favourites - polish sniper in german style camo + Mosin sniper rifle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Il-28 View Post
    Yugoslavia has never been a member of Warsaw Pact
    Yes, I know that... which if you read both my message again and the original request you will see its perfectly on topic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~~~~ View Post
    looks much like the norwegian camo.
    Isn't that the "sunflower" or "clown" pattern..

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    Is this what happens when you mate MC Hammer with an IDF soldier?

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    From the mid of 1980's untill the begining of 1990's was used a another pattern more green than Moro. It's called "Frog". What's interesting there are also in use winter parkas in this camo nowdays by second line units.
    It is not "frog". It`s wz.89 "Puma" pattern, later replaced with (originally created only for GROM) wz. 93 "Pantera".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switek View Post
    The first camo used in Polish Army (in 1950's) was based on WW2 German splinter and used by soldiers from recon and para forces


    The colours look very similar to ACU don't they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakota435 View Post
    The colours look very similar to ACU don't they?
    You mean rather this, I guess



    yes this is the greyish green, pretty effective

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