Mk II Arctic Outer Mittens

A long time ago I covered the DPM outer mitten used as part of the British Army extreme cold weather system. Before this outer mitten however there were some olive green variants, and tonight we are considering the olive green MK II outer mittens:

These mittens are waterproof and have a quilted pile liner in the palm and thumb, just like the quilted smock liners:

The thumb is therefore thick and padded and helps keep this digit warm whilst still allowing more movement than an ‘oven glove’ type of glove would:

A separate trigger finger is included in the design that does not have any padding to allow a rifle to be used:

The padding ends at the wrist which is elasticated:

A cuff extends beyond this, which can be tightened with a tab and Velcro:

A label is seen inside each mitten with NSN number and details of the contract number from its procurement:

The outer mittens are just part of the prescribed arctic equipment. The 2007 Cold Weather, Mountain and High Altitude Operations Personal Survival and Safety Guide advises that troops in cold weather should carry the following equipment:

A. Clothing

(1) Windproof outer garment (with full contents of pockets) (2) mitts outer and inner (3) Head dress (issued or approved) (4) Daysack

B. Contents of Pockets

(1) Aide Memoire (2) Goggles (3) Emergency survival bag (4) Lip Salve (5) Notebook and pencil (6) First field dressing (7) Face Mask (8) Whistle (9) Compass (10) Matches or lighter (11) String or para-cord (20m) (12) Headover/balaclava (13) Emergency rations (14) Gloves/mittens (if not worn) (15) Spare gloves (16) Wristlets (17) Clasp knife (18) Ski scraper (19) Ski waxes

C. Contents of Daysack

(1) Waterproof suit (2) warm top (3) Torch (4) Bivvy bag (5) 24 hours rations (6) Vacuum flask

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