DPM Medical Trauma Pouch

I have previously covered both the early olive green trauma pouch and the latest MTP pattern version. Seeing service in the time frame between these two designs however was a third variation that was produced in DPM pattern fabric and that is the subject of today’s post:

In design, this pouch is the same as the later MTP version rather than its predecessor. The pouch is made of DPM infrared resistant cordua nylon. The top of the case has a large medical cross, but produced in subdued colours so as not to disrupt the camouflage effect:

The pouch is secured at the front by an adjustable strap and a black plastic Nexus buckle:

Undoing this buckle allows the pouch to be opened. There are three distinct pockets that fold open to allow all to be accessed in one movement:

Two additional, small pockets are fitted, one to either side of the pouch:

The fittings on the pouch are designed to interact with PLCE webbing so there are the same A clips and fasteners as second pattern PLCE components, along with the same belt loop on the rear:

Opening the belt loop reveals a pair of ‘T’ bars that allow the pouch to be secured to a PLCE belt:

The label on the rear dates this pouch to 2004 and gives its NSN number:

There is some red staining on the pouch, as seen on the label above. I suspect that this is fake blood from a training exercise where the pouch was used by a medic. In service the two smaller compartments usually carried field dressings, whilst the larger compartment had the rest of the medical supplies for dealing with immediate trauma. Combat experience would change the distribution of medical supplies and rather than having a few men with these packs, men carried their own first aid packs on their body armour, with far more components than individual soldiers had previously carried.

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