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My Lizard-pattern TAP 47/56 Jacket

Article about: Just for Show & tell, this TAP 47/56 jacket in Lizard-pattern camouflage was given to me by a friend recently. It's a large size but with the short sleeves that seem to be common with th

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    Just for Show & tell, this TAP 47/56 jacket in Lizard-pattern camouflage was given to me by a friend recently. It's a large size but with the short sleeves that seem to be common with these jackets. A nice original example made by Pauwels. The matching trousers should be heading my way when my buddy digs them up. Two of the four pocket flaps are in a slightly different colour-tone than the rest of the jacket, as can be seen in the pic. I find this one of the most attractive camouflage patterns there is!

    My Lizard-pattern TAP 47/56 Jacket

    I have decked it out with the following equipment on a torso stand (all original):

    - Mle.50/53 belt with press button and 2nd type buckle;
    - Mle.50 suspenders;
    - A pair of WW2 US M1 Carbine pouches, modified by the French army by adding a D-ring at the back;
    - Mle.51 bidon (canteen) with the early brown cap in a Mle.52 carrier with 2 snaps;
    - Jump wings, made by Drago of Paris (un-numbered);
    - Camouflage 'sniper' veil/scarf, a French-made copy of the WW2 British veil;
    - Not in pic: a few pairs of Mle.52 'buckle' boots, 2nd and 3rd patterns.

    I have some more equipment on my wishlist to add, like an Mle.49 chapeau de brousse (either khaki or green), M53 bandage pouch marked 11/48, a pair of 'Pataugas' (jungle shoes) and a pair of ammopouches for the MAT49 SMG.

    Some of those items are hard to find, some very easy. My buddy said he also has an Mle.51/56 TAP helmet and some webgear for me so I'll see. The Pataugas are still being made by the original contractor (Palladium) as sneakers, so I'll buy a new pair if I can find them in the correct colour and size.

    Enjoy!
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    Very attractive camo pattern indeed!

    Nice set up!

    Cheers,
    Emile

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    Thanks!

    Usually I'm not into para stuff but 'Lizard' TAP clothing does appeal to me.

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    The Drago wing, clearly worn with a nice patina although unnumbered:

    My Lizard-pattern TAP 47/56 Jacket

    My Lizard-pattern TAP 47/56 Jacket

    The French TAP jumpwing is one of the best looking wings there is I think.

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    Nice jacket. Rich A. in Pa.
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