Sleeping bag and liner : Special Air Services Regiment

Place Asia: Afghanistan
Accession Number REL30514.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Cotton webbing, Gore-Tex, Nylon, Plastic
Maker Mont Adventure Equipment Pty Ltd
Walkabout Leisurewear Pty Ltd
Place made Australia, Pacific Islands: Fiji
Date made c 1998
Conflict Afghanistan, 2001-
Description

Olive green Gore-Tex tapered sleeping bag shell. The bag has no filling, and is made from a single-layer of fabric. A zipper which would entirely enclose the head of the user runs from shoulder to shoulder, while a layer of mosquito netting sewn inside the bag at the shoulders may be closed over the head by an internal zip, leaving the outer shell open. All internal seams have been reinforced and waterproofed by strips of Gore-Tex tape. Pairs of black cotton webbing loops are sewn to the outside of the bag at the head, the foot and the shoulder, and inside the bag along the seam of the mosquito net. Labels sewn below this seam give manufacturer's and care details. Loose inside the sleeping bag is a liner made of quilted Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Uniform (DPCU) nylon fabric, bound at the edges with a nylon tape. A green label sewn at the lower left hand corner reads 'WALKABOUT TRADITIONALLY AUSTRALIAN LINER SLEEPING BAG/PONCHO' and gives use and care instructions. On the lower right hand corner, the owner's name has been written in black felt pen.

History / Summary

Used by an Australian Special Air Services (SAS) Regiment trooper in Afghanistan, 2002. A note on the liner's label states that it is:'for use as either a liner for sleeping bag in cold climates or a wrap around blanket in warm climates'.