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 Post subject: ID SAS Gulf war coats
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:37 pm 
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So, is does anybody know of there is a special name for these coats that is seen in photos of the SAS during the 91 Gulf war?
i assume it is some local desert cold weather coat, but my search for iraqi goat herder coat did not yield any finds :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: ID SAS Gulf war coats
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:00 pm 
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I know a bloke who has one. Ill ask.

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 Post subject: Re: ID SAS Gulf war coats
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My guess would be a "farwa". Style and name varies from a region to another but that should be a good starting point.

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 Post subject: Re: ID SAS Gulf war coats
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Thanks for the help..
Seems like this style is called a Farwa as you say or a winter "Bisht" in some areas..

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The farwa is a long piece of clothing that resembles the abaya in that it covers the entire body. It is usually padded with sheepskin, but rabbit hair or ostrich down can also be used. More recently, imported petroleum products from Asia have been used to manufacture faux fur, making the final product cheaper and more accessible.



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 Post subject: Re: ID SAS Gulf war coats
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:15 pm 
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SnakeOil, the bisht is actually lighter than the farwa. The latter comes lined (lambs wool) or unlined. The farwas were obtained (for the SAS) after the extrection of B1/3-0. As we (U.S.) did more vehicle operations (and thus no neat for blending in clothing wise), the then issued desert night camo jacket was usually worn as an overcoat.

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