Desert Night Camo was an experiment conceived during the very early days of infrared concealment. In development since 1983, the camo saw no use in the field until it was deployed during the first Gulf War (1990-1991). The purpose was to disrupt primitive Soviet-era night vision. The grid pattern was intended to interfere with the generated grid used by these devices for targeting.
This is an unworn deadstock US Army Night Desert Camo Fishtail Parka. There The internal label dates this to 1983 and was manufactured by Selma Apparel Corp. Made in the USA. There are internal buttons for a liner but no liner with this parka.
COLOUR: Olive Green
SIZE: M with a 50in full external chest measurement this is very oversized and could easily fit size L - depending how loose you like to wear (please see below for all key measurements to check against a similar garment of your own to ensure a good fit).
FABRIC: 50% Cotton 50% Nylon
- Button front
- Storm flap
- Fishtail rear hem
- Waist and hem drawcords
- Elasticated cuffs
- 2 lower button direct entry flaps
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SIZE: Please DO NOT solely rely on the listed size for your correct fit. Designers often use different measurements for sizes depending on the overall look they desire, so sizes can not only vary brand to brand but also within the same brand. Also, for vintage and pre-worn items the shape may have changed after years of being worn. The best way to ensure your correct fit is to compare the measurements listed to a similar item that fits you well.
EXTERNAL MEASUREMENTS: Please check against a similar garment of your own that fits you well, measuring flat and fully zipped or buttoned up (if applicable) on a flat surface:
A - CHEST - armpit to armpit (double for full chest): 25in (24.5cm)
B - SLEEVE - shoulder seam to cuff end: 27.5in (69.5cm)
C - SHOULDER - distance between shoulder seams straight across at the back: 19.5in (49.5cm)
D - LENGTH - at the centre back from the base of the collar to the hem: 42.5in (108cm)