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#1 63 RECON

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 04:10 PM

hey guys,

 

Whilst not in my collection, I was helping my boss move some of his war room items yesterday and came across these items boxed up.

 

All items are from Aussie SASR guys who served in Vietnam but they are USGI items so figured they would be good to post here.

 

All items are attributed to either Danny Wright and Terry O'Farrell who are fairly famous in the SASR circles. There was also a large lot of documentation with the items detailing where everything was used and by whom. All of this stuff was pretty much boxed up on return from VN as the jungle boots still have mud a grim on them and the uniforms and webbing still stink.

 

 

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 04:17 PM

set of ERDLs and type 2 jungles, also a mint set of type 3s and ERDLs with in country made AATV patches

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 04:19 PM

Very nice

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 04:19 PM

now Owen, i know you are going to dig these, Set of i believe custom tigers, lightweight soft fabric with mesh drainage in the pockets.

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 04:19 PM

Very nice! Thanks for sharing them with us!

 

Matt



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Posted 09 November 2014 - 04:22 PM

Great stuff! I would have loved to get some SASR uniforms when I collected Aussie VN.



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Posted 09 November 2014 - 04:22 PM

trousers, notice the extra material behind the fly.

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 04:23 PM

Pant and shirt pocket detail

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 04:26 PM

name and remnants of where label would have been

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 04:29 PM

various field gear includes US Issue sleep shirt, poncho liner, indig and lightweight rucksack and water bladders

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 04:37 PM

Very cool. O'Farrell wrote a fictional account of his time incountry.

Does your boss own or run a surplus store?

I traded emails years back with a guy who had acquired this type of SAS gear and kept it exactly as it was when it was given to him.

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 04:55 PM

set of webbing includes US issue belt, suspenders, butt pack and waterbottles covers and is a mixture of '56 and '61 and other pattern items

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 04:56 PM

various berets and tiger bush hat

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 04:58 PM

Erdl beret and inside of tiger beret and bush hat

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 05:01 PM

Incredible items.....



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Posted 09 November 2014 - 05:05 PM

Very cool. O'Farrell wrote a fictional account of his time incountry.

Does your boss own or run a surplus store?

I traded emails years back with a guy who had acquired this type of SAS gear and kept it exactly as it was when it was given to him.

 

 

Yes he did, he also did over 35 years in Aussie SASR. the book is called Behind Enemy Lines. he also appears in Phantoms of the Jungle.

 

My Boss owns the company Platypus Outdoors. He has been collecting for many, many years and is in a good position to fuel his passion which is UK and AUSSF items.



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Posted 09 November 2014 - 05:06 PM

Outstanding pieces.

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 05:08 PM

some paperwork and patches. Japanese made AATTV, Military drivers license named to Danny Wright (of "the tractor job") and MACV club bar tickets.

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 05:08 PM

Yup, that's him. I bought some items from his store and we got to discussing this very gear you're showing.

I think I talked to him on the phone as well.

Awesome gear.

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 05:10 PM

and finally some pictures of an ambush laid by SASR on a bunch of VC. The pictures are from what is know as "the tractor job" 

 

https://www.allenand...81741755527.pdf

 

 

 

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 05:12 PM

Yup, that's him. I bought some items from his store and we got to discussing this very gear you're showing.

I think I talked to him on the phone as well.

Awesome gear.

 

That's funny, its a small world hey?



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Posted 09 November 2014 - 05:18 PM

Hi 63 R,

Thanks for sharing these exceptional items. Very rare pieces in the group though I like it all. The tigers , boonies especially the LRRP one, and the patches are super. Also , please thank your boss for allowing you to share these items here.

Regards, Mitch



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Posted 09 November 2014 - 05:23 PM

 

That's funny, its a small world hey?

 

Ha. Well, sometimes I think that but when those of us who enjoy the same hobby interact we're bound to know some of the same people or run into one another at a show etc.

 

The "Tractor Job" is a great story. There's a cool pic of Wright in Horner's book.



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Posted 10 November 2014 - 07:47 AM

Hey 63

 

Thanks for sharing!  I think the tigers are US made experimentals by the NATICK Labs - there's a reference to them in the tiger thread (dunno I or II) where the tag is visible.  They also appeared in Issue 1 of the Brit part-work magazine 'Combat & Survival', funnily enough in an article on SASR.

 

We must catch up next time I'm across your way ...

 

Cheers,

 

AL



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Posted 10 November 2014 - 08:58 AM

Great stuff! Thanks for sharing!

 

Here the reference to the tiger stripe set

 

http://www.usmilitar...part-ii/page-32

 

Regards,

 

Mike




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