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Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

Article about: Czechoslovak combat equipment from the 60s was of high quality leather & canvas. Presented here on a VZ60 mlok camo pattern jacket issued originally to paratroopers, it was also issued t

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    Default Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment from the 60s was of high quality leather & canvas.
    Presented here on a VZ60 mlok camo pattern jacket issued originally to paratroopers,
    it was also issued to infantry & supporting units. More on that later.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    The belt is the first style, note the texture.
    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Pouch for 4 magazines.
    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Plenty of material to cover so this ends part 1.
    See you for part 2.

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    Default Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 2

    Let's have a look at what was carried on the belt.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    First type of leather (scale texture) is from the 50S.
    The bayonet is for the Czechoslovak VZ-58 assault rifle.
    Many variations of the bayonet exist. Note the leather scabbard.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Note the belt loops, older type with stitching as the belt.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Nice view of the shovel & canteen.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    The shovel was cumbersome but efficient for it's purpose, digging!

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Variation using the webbing/leather Y-straps.
    Seen here is the late model of belt & the cap.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    The canteen taking apart, leather straps, felt cover (some close with zippers or leather lace), the canteen is made of aluminium.
    It as a later model plastic lid, early models were made of cork.
    One thing for sure Czech equipment is well stamp, examples will be examined later.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Next, part 3. The bags.
    Last edited by Jack59; 01-26-2024 at 05:58 PM. Reason: canteen details

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    Thx., for showin´!

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    Default Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 3

    The bags, bread bag, gas mask bag & general purposes bag.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    The Czech made good use of different bags, again quality made.
    The bread bag was of older type but modified & used as a small pack whenever required.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Note the D-rings ment to connect on the Y-straps when used as a small pack.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    The gas mask bag.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Note the bottom strap, ment to prevent the bag from bouncing up & down when running.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    This kind of wooden attachment inspired the early East German gas mask bag.

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    The general purpose bag. Good for everything else to carry.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Still a few things to see, check for part 4 soon. Thanks

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    Well done. Seems like a museum over there could benefit from your knowledge. I do recall how some bits of the Czech Y-straps were converted (sort of) for WW2 German reenacting. Neil

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    Default Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 4

    So far I've covered part of the basic infantryman's equipment for the sixties.
    Of course, there is more than what is seen here but it's a good start.
    Everyone is welcome to post their Czech sixties equipment to beef up this thread.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    The cap was practical, solid & of good quality.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Seen here for bad weather with the flaps down.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    The Czech VZ53 helmet was of very strong Russian influence but with leather liner & chinstrap.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Eventually nets, covers, hoods were used for camouflage.
    Seen here are straps inspired by the WW2 German usage of bread bag straps to hold foliage.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Next part, stampings.
    Last edited by Jack59; 01-31-2024 at 02:53 PM.

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    Stamping.

    Most of the Czech equipment is well stamped, let's have a look.

    Bags top to bottom: gas mask, general purpose & bread bag.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    The cap.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Canvas/ leather Y-straps, leather Y-straps, early belt & late belt.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Canteen straps & felt cover.

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    VZ53 helmet & liner.

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    Bayonet (both sides) & scabbard.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    A few references for the curious: Vz.60 mlok 22. Vysadkova brigada : English, Deutsch, Polski ...

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1
    Last edited by Jack59; 01-26-2024 at 11:45 PM. Reason: click wrong button

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    Default The jehlicí (needles) or oblaky (clouds) camouflage pattern uniforms. Part 1 the front & VZ.48 binocular.

    The jehlicí (needles) or oblaky (clouds) pattern uniforms were
    in service with the Czechoslovak Army from 1963 until the 1980s.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Lets have a look of an early jacket with a mix of webbing & leather equipment.
    The jacket is an early model (1964) where the camouflage pattern stands out nicely.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Overtime the background of the pattern won't stand out in the day light, it's purpose being when viewed through
    infrared passive viewing system equipment at night. Have a look, the cap, hood & jacket hare from different years.
    The pattern of each item is different.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Infrared view, see link please:
    File:Czechoslovakia8.jpg - Camopedia


    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    The East German Army (NVA) had a similar pattern for about the same time period.
    Here is a comparaison with the Czech jacket & NVA trousers.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Back to our model. The binoculars are the Czech VZ.48 6X30.
    All along we will see alternate ways to carry them.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Note the jacket's webbing loop.
    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    The gas mask was to be carried all the time.
    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    The binoculars case could be could be held with the belt.
    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Or worn with it's strap.
    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    See you for part 2, the back & folding shovel.

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    Default The jehlicí (needles) camouflage pattern uniforms. Part 2 the back, the folding shovel & extra photos.

    Welcome back for part 2. We will have a look at the back of the model,
    a quick view of the folding shovel & more photos of the binoculars & it's case.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Note the folding shovel case on the right.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    The Y-straps is a combination of webbing & leather, the wire hooks are strong.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    When the back pack is not attached it's strap could be used to help supporting the belt.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Good view of the back pack hook on belt of the folding shovel set at 45 degrees.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    The shovel could be carried assembled for quick usage.
    Another comparaison of patterns with NVA trousers.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    More info on the shovel:
    Polish entrenching tool, era 1970s?

    More photos of the VZ.48 6X30 binoculars & case.

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

    Czechoslovak combat equipment 1960s. Part 1

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    Thank you for this series of posts.
    Jellichi pants are the basic item I passed up on Ebay and I wish I had bought.
    M60 boots have been avaliable in NZ/Australia recently from the Army and Outdoors website.

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