Well, if you’ve been following the story about the “battle” between the Finns and the Russians over the latter’s alleged copying of Finland’s M/05 pattern camouflage, you might find the following to be of interest…
I found a discussion thread on a Polish military forum today about this topic, and one of the posters included a link to a Polish auction site where somebody was selling one of these suits – along with some good photos of it that show the details nice and clearly.
Here’s a translation of the auction text:
And the photos (note: the suit doesn’t appear to be reversible to winter white; rather, it just seems to be printed on bleached cotton cloth):
I received three uniforms from Russia which use a copy of the Finnish M/05 pattern camouflage. Uniform consists of trousers and tunic/blouse. I believe Sposn is the manufacturer, but only one tunic/blouse and one trouser has a labal/tag. The cut is really cool, very similar to the German pull-overs from WW2 – excellent solution for the hood. Really strong material (not ripstop). It is very loose-fitting and comfortable. There are also reinforcing patches at the knees and elastic at the bottom.
In terms of cut and styling, the suit appears to be virtually identical to the Partizan suit made by Sposn. Now, what about the camo pattern itself? Well, in fairness to the Russians, it doesn’t appear to be a total 100% copy – compare the photos of authentic Finnish uniforms and M/05 pattern swatches below – and besides that, it appears to be a commercial company that’s produced these suits (for private purchase) rather than an official military issue uniform. Nonetheless, its a close enough copy to get the copyright lawyers sharpening their pencils – and I bet we haven’t heard the last of this…
P.S. (03.12.08) Apparently the comapny name for this replica M/05 camo is “Jeger” (“hunter/commando”).
Authentic Finnish M/05 pattern: