Earlier this year I covered the later pattern of MTP windproof smock here. Since then I have been lucky to pick up not only an example of the earlier pattern, but one with some lovely in service modifications to it and a set of insignia for my local regiment:Although very similar at first glance to the later pattern, a close inspection reveals a large number of differences. Externally the biggest change is that all the pockets on this smock have visible buttons. These have been modified on this example to remove the tape fastening and traditional stitched examples are used instead:The biggest changes however are on the inside. This earlier pattern does not use the mesh of the later design, instead just being open fabric:Nor are the pockets fleece lined, instead they are of more conventional fabric construction:The smock borrows from earlier designs in having a long pocket for soft kit all along the rear bottom quarter of the inside:A label is sewn inside with sizing and NSN number:Note how ‘multi’ has been miss-spelt! One of the most interesting features of this smock though is the insignia sewn to the sleeves. The left hand sleeve has the tactical recognition flash of the Yorkshire Regiment consisting of a white rose on a green, black and red striped background:The opposite sleeve has the badge of the 12th Brigade consisting of the number 12 on a black ace of spades design:Originally the 12th Mechanised Brigade, this unit is now the 12th Armoured infantry Brigade and is based at Bulford. It consists of:
The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths’ Own) (Formation Reconnaissance)
The King’s Royal Hussars (Armoured)
1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th Foot) (Armoured Infantry)
1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh (Armoured Infantry)
1st Battalion, Scots Guards (Heavy Protective Mobility) (Note: This Heavy Protected Mobility Infantry Unit rotates amongst the five Guards Division Battalions)
Although this pattern of smock has now been superseded, the regiment still wear MTP on operations and still proudly display the white rose of Yorkshire as their TRF:According to some irreverent wags, this earlier pattern of smock is particularly popular with squaddies as it subtly implies the wearer is an ‘old sweat’ and consequently some try and swap the more modern smock with concealed buttons for this design, particularly if they can get one that looks suitably faded!