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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

It is important to note that both the uniform and the combat boots were made for the Armed Forces by different companies of the textile and footwear manufacturing industries, which managed to win the contract by auction and, although all of them had to follow the certain defined regulated specifications, there were some peculiarities and small details adherent to different manufacturers. The Spanish military stuff usually bear the name of the manufacturer and the other info like size, Contract details and the year of manufacturing etc.

One can suppose, that the design of the Spanish combat boots and uniforms follow the design of the paratrooper's footwear and apparel. For instance, the M-67 uniform probably originates from the model that was already in use by the Spanish parachutists.

This can obviously be seen in the "El reglamento de Uniformidad de 26 de marzo de 1956" (Regulation for the Uniform of March 26, 1956), where it is described as "uniforme de salto y Campaña" ("Uniform for (parachute) jumps and campaign") - with inclined pockets. Already in the years 57-58 we find this as "uniformes de campamento" ("camp uniform") -with not inclined pockets, a model that will also be referred to as "marcha y campaña" ("march and campaign") uniform, supplemented with the regular boots and M1-type helmet. As a main feature of this uniform's pants, the reinforcement in the crotch (not only back side) emphasizes the constant tear-and-wear, caused by the friction of the parachute straps.

The change of the Spanish uniform color from classic M-67 (persimmon) to an intermediate variant, that might be called "M-67/79" (softer brownish green) to olive green "NATO"-colored model M-82 was made largely due to the convergence of the Spanish uniform to NATO standards and adapting it to a the most possible theater of operations: Central Europe.

The difference of colors between the aforementioned models of the Spanish uniform ("M-82" olive green "NATO" uniform, "M-67/79" and "M-67") are shown on the picture above

That was approved by the country's Congress of Deputies (Cortes Generales/Cortes Españolas) in October 1981 and became effective in May 1982, after entry of Spain into the North-Atlantic Alliance. For political reasons in the years prior to 1982 it was not possible to use the name "NATO" for the new olive uniform, but later the name M-82 NATO became wide-spread. With this uniform the use of the Spanish national flag on the left arm was adopted, because that is the standard practice in all the NATO-members.

Sources of the information and images:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Armed_Forces

http://www.todocoleccion.net

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