The Czechoslovak military adopted this pattern in 1963 and served until the 1980s. It was based on a similar Polish design, Polish wz. 58 Deszczyk, which later influenced East German Strichtarn. The pattern itself consists of raindrop or jehlicí (needle) shapes with a cloudy base varying in color from very light to very dark gray.
These parkas are in excellent condition. The design is more similar to a trench-style coat. It is made of thick cotton material, has a buttoned front with a storm flap, and two waist pockets with button-flap closures. The mixed shades you see will be randomly chosen when ordering.
As seen on Camopedia, the pattern completely changes appearance under night vision. Why was this done? We have no clue.
The Short & Sweet:
- Czechoslovak People's Army surplus
- Unissued condition, but musty
- Dated from 1963 to the mid-1980s
- Two waist pockets
- Button-up front w/storm flap
- Small pocket on right chest
- Butt pocket on right rear