This article documents the chronology of Polish wz89 Puma camouflage pattern uniforms. The wz89 Puma pattern was used by the Army (including the 7 BOW "Blue Berets", which, even though it was a Coastal Defence Brigade, came under command of the Army not the Navy), Airborne and Special Forces, Air Force and Air Defence units. Uniforms and items in the pattern were first manufactured and issued in 1989 and items were manufactured until 1993. Items were likely used after 1993 as well. Trial items may have been issued prior to 1989.

 

wz89 Puma Pattern

 

Two major types of uniforms were developed:

  1. Field uniforms
  2. Airborne/Special Forces uniforms
wz89 Puma

The construction of uniforms of each type developed over time. The development of each type is documented in the tabs below.

Army Field Uniforms

Army Field Uniforms
Army field uniforms were for use by regular Army troops.
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I have not seen any examples, nor photos, but have been told that trial field uniforms in the wz89 Puma camouflage pattern may have been produced in the early or mid 1980s.

 

wz4652 Field Uniform 1989

IMG 3153

Manufactured: 1988-1989  
This was the first wz89 Puma Army general issue field shirt.
     
Main closure: Concealed, large, flat brown buttons  
Sleeve cuffs: Single, exposed, small, brown, eagle button  
Epaulettes: Single, exposed, small, brown, eagle button  
Foliage loops: Nil  
Front pockets: Two pleated chest pockets each fastened with a single, exposed, small, brown, eagle button  
Sleeve pockets: Nil  
Internal pockets: Two at the front on the right side, one on the front left, the right pockets being smaller, one lower. All fastened by a single medium, brown, flat button and cloth loop  
Internal lining: Tan cloth  
Stamps:
  1. "XX XXXX" (Month Year)
  2. "XXX/XXX" (Chest cm - Height cm)
  3. Circular "KJ" stamp
  4. "Jak. 1" stamp, Jak possibly = Jakość (Type)
  5. Two or three digit numeral stamp
  6. "WZ4652" WZ = Wzór (pattern)
  7. "MON" = Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej (Ministry of National Defence)
 
Labels: Distinctive white size label with black lettering (Chest cm - Height cm)  
Name tag: Rectangular white cloth on the reverse of the collar  
     
Distinguishing features: Chest pockets and epaulettes fastened with exposed brown eagle buttons  
IMG 3764IMG 3765

Manufactured: 1988-1989  
These were the first wz89 Puma Army general issue field trousers.
     
Main closure: Two medium, brown, flat buttons  
Fly closure: Medium, brown, flat buttons  
Waist tabs: Adjustable  
Belt loops: Narrow  
Hand pockets: Present  
Watch pocket: Above right hand pocket, without button  
Cargo pockets: Two, one on each leg, pleated and fastened with a single, concealed, medium, brown, flat button  
Trouser cuffs: Single green or brown elastic foot loop, sewn to the inside of trouser cuff  
Internal lining: Tan cloth  
Stamps:
  1. "XX XXXX" (Month Year)
  2. "XXX/XXX" (Waist cm - Height cm)
  3. Circular "KJ" stamp
  4. "Jak. 1" stamp, Jak possibly = Jakość (Type)
  5. Two or three digit numeral stamp
  6. "WZ4652" WZ = Wzór (pattern)
  7. "MON" = Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej (Ministry of National Defence)
 
Labels: Distinctive white size label with black lettering (Waist cm - Height cm)  
Name tag: Rectangular white cloth on inside of waist  
     
Distinguishing features: Pleated cargo pocket on each leg, single elastic foot loops and brown buttons  

 

 

wz4605 Field Uniform 1990-1993


IMG 7907

Manufactured: 1990-1993  
This was the second and last wz89 Puma Army general issue field shirt.
     
Main closure: Concealed, large, flat brown buttons  
Sleeve cuffs: Single, concealed, medium, flat brown button  
Epaulettes: Single, concealed, medium, flat brown button  
Foliage loops: Nil  
Front pockets: Two pleated chest pockets each fastened with a single, concealed, medium, flat brown button  
Sleeve pockets: Nil  
Internal pockets: Two at the front on the right side, one on the front left, the right pockets being smaller, one lower. All fastened by a single medium, brown, flat button and cloth loop. From 1991 the internal pockets were made from nylon rather than cloth.  
Internal lining: None  
Stamps:
  1. "XX XXXX" or "XX XX" (Month Year)
  2. "XXX/XXX" (Chest cm - Height cm)
  3. Circular "KJ" stamp
  4. "Jak. 1" stamp, Jak possibly = Jakość (Type)
  5. Two or three digit numeral stamp
  6. "WZ4605" or "WZOR 4605" WZ = Wzór (pattern)
  7. Possibly "MON" = Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej (Ministry of National Defence)
 
Labels: Distinctive white size label with black lettering (Chest cm - Height cm)  
Name tag: Rectangular white cloth on the reverse of the collar  
     
Distinguishing features: Chest pockets and epaulettes fastened with concealed medium, flat, brown buttons  

 

IMG 3137IMG 3138

Manufactured: 1990-1993  
These were the second and last wz89 Puma Army general issue field trousers.
     
Main closure: Two medium, brown, flat buttons  
Fly closure: Medium, brown, flat buttons  
Waist tabs: Adjustable  
Belt loops: Narrow  
Hand pockets: Present - from 1991 the lining of the pockets were made from nylon rather than cloth.  
Watch pocket: Inside right hand pocket  
Cargo pockets: Two, one on each leg, unpleated and fastened with a single, concealed, medium, brown, flat button  
Trouser cuffs: Elasticated cuff  
Internal lining: None  
Stamps:
  1. "XX XXXX" (Month Year)
  2. "XXX/XXX" (Waist cm - Height cm)
  3. Circular "KJ" stamp
  4. "Jak. 1" stamp, Jak possibly = Jakość (Type)
  5. Two or three digit numeral stamp
  6. "WZ4605" WZ = Wzór (pattern)
  7. "MON" = Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej (Ministry of National Defence)

Or alternatively, all surounded by a rectangular border :

  1. "46 05" (WZ4605)
  2. "XXX XXX" (Waist cm - Height cm)
  3. Three digit numeral
  4. "XX XX" (Month Year)
 
Labels: Distinctive white size label with black lettering (Waist cm - Height cm)  
Name tag: Rectangular white cloth on inside of waist  
     
Distinguishing features: Unpleated cargo pocket on each leg, elasticated leg cuffs and brown buttons  

 

Winter Field Jackets
Army winter Field Jackets were for use by regular Army troops.
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I have not seen any examples, nor photos, but trial winter field jackets in the wz89 Puma camouflage pattern may have been produced in the early or mid 1980s.

IMG 6838

Manufactured: 1989-1991  
This was the first and only wz89 Puma Army general issue winter field jacket.
     
Main closure: Concealed, large, flat brown buttons  
Epaulettes: Single, concealed, medium, brown, button  
Foliage loops: Nil  
Front pockets: Two waist-level hand pockets  
Sleeve pockets: Single pleated pocket fastened with a single, concealed, medium, brown, button on the upper left sleeve  
Internal pockets: Vertically opening on left side fastened by a single medium, brown, flat button and cloth loop  
Liner: Tan nylon  
Liner collar: Nil  
Jacket stamps:
  1. "XX-XX" (Month-Year)
  2. "XXX XXX" or "XXX/XXX" (Chest cm - Height cm) possibly sometimes reversed
  3. Possibly circular "KJ" stamp
  4. Possibly "Jak. 1" stamp, Jak possibly = Jakość (Type)
  5. "57-70A"
  6. "MON" = Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej (Ministry of National Defence)
 
Liner stamps: As above  
Labels: Nil  
Name tag: Rectangular white cloth on the reverse of the collar  
     
Distinguishing features: Pocket on upper left sleeve, no fake fur collar, nylon liner and brown buttons  

Winter Trouser Liners
These could have been used under the regular Army and AF/AD issue trousers or under the Airborne/SF US issue trousers.
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IMG 8291

Manufactured: 1991  
These are the only example I have seen.
     
Main closure: Nil  
Fly closure: Open  
Waist tabs: Nil - elastic waist  
Belt loops: Nil  
Hand pockets: Nil  
Watch pocket: Nil  
Cargo pockets: Nil  
Trouser cuffs: Laces to tie off  
Internal lining: Quilted nylon inner and quilted cloth outer  
Stamps:
  1. "501" (wz501)
  2. "XXX/XXX" (Waist cm - Height cm)
  3. "XX XX" (Month Year)
  4. Possibly circular "KJ" stamp
  5. Possibly "Jak. 1" stamp, Jak possibly = Jakość (Type)
  6. Possibly two or three digit numeral stamp
  7. "MON" = Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej (Ministry of National Defence)
 
Labels: White size label with small black lettering (Waist cm/Height cm) and two digit number on reverse  
Name tag: Nil  
     
Distinguishing features: Puma pattern waist and crotch  

Air Force and Air Defence Field Uniforms

Air Force and Air Defence Forces Field Uniforms
Air Force and Air Defence Forces field uniforms were for use by regular Air Force and Air Defence Forces troops.
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wz4652 Field Uniform 1990

IMG 3188

Manufactured: 1990  
This was the first wz89 Puma Air Force and Air Defence Forces general issue field shirt.
     
Main closure: Concealed, large, flat black buttons  
Sleeve cuffs: Single, exposed, small, black, eagle button  
Epaulettes: Single, exposed, small, black, eagle button  
Foliage loops: Nil  
Front pockets: Two pleated chest pockets each fastened with a single, exposed, small, black, eagle button  
Sleeve pockets: Nil  
Internal pockets: Two at the front on the right side, one on the front left, the right pockets being smaller, one lower. All fastened by a single medium, black, flat button and cloth loop  
Internal lining: Tan cloth  
Stamps:

In a rectangular border:

  1. "46 52" (WZ4652)
  2. "MON" = Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej (Ministry of National Defence)
  3. "XXX XXX" (Waist cm - Height cm)
  4. "XX XX" (Month Year)
  5. Two or three digit numeral
 
Labels: Distinctive white size label with black lettering (Chest cm - Height cm)  
Name tag: Rectangular white cloth on the reverse of the collar  
     
Distinguishing features: Chest pockets and epaulettes fastened with exposed black eagle buttons  

I have not seen an example.

Manufactured: 1990  
These were the first wz89 Puma Air Force and Air Defence Forces general issue field trousers.
     
Main closure: Two medium, black, flat buttons  
Fly closure: Medium, black, flat buttons  
Waist tabs: Adjustable  
Belt loops: Narrow  
Hand pockets: Present  
Watch pocket: Above right hand pocket, without button  
Cargo pockets: Two, one on each leg, pleated and fastened with a single, concealed, medium, black, flat button  
Trouser cuffs: Single green or brown elastic foot loop, sewn to the inside of trouser cuff  
Internal lining: Tan cloth  
Stamps:

In a rectangular border:

  1. "46 52" (WZ4652)
  2. "MON" = Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej (Ministry of National Defence)
  3. "XXX XXX" (Waist cm - Height cm)
  4. "XX XX" (Month Year)
  5. Two or three digit numeral
 
Labels: Distinctive white size label with black lettering (Waist cm - Height cm)  
Name tag: Rectangular white cloth on inside of waist  
   
Distinguishing features: Pleated cargo pocket on each leg, single elastic foot loops and black buttons  

Airborne/SF US Uniforms


Airborne/SF US Uniforms
Airborne/SF US uniforms were for use by Airborne and Special Forces troops. US = Ubior Skoczka (Parachutist Uniform) or Ubior Specjalny (Special Uniform) and was issued to Airborne and Special Forces.
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wz4643 Airborne/SF US Uniform 1991-1992


IMG 3813

Manufactured: 1990-1992  
This was the first wz89 Puma Airborne/SF US issue jacket.
     
Main closure: Concealed, large, flat brown buttons  
Sleeve cuffs: Single, concealed, medium, flat brown button  
Epaulettes: Single, concealed, medium, flat brown button  
Foliage loops: Nil  
Front pockets: Total of four: Two pleated chest pockets and two pleated waist pockets each fastened with a single, concealed, medium, flat brown button  
Sleeve pockets: Total of three: a pleated pocket on each upper sleeve and one on the lower left sleeve each fastened with a single, concealed, medium, brown, button  
Internal pockets: Two large rear "poachers" pockets closed externally from the sides by silver zippers and fastened internally on each side by a single, medium, flat brown button  
Internal lining: Tan cloth  
Stamps:
  1. "WZ4643" or "WZOR 4643" WZ = Wzór (pattern)
  2. "XXX/XXX" (Chest cm - Height cm)
  3. "XX XXXX" or "XX XX" (Month Year)
  4. Circular "KJ" stamp
  5. "Jak. 1" stamp, Jak possibly = Jakość (Type)
  6. Two or three digit numeral stamp
  7. "MON" = Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej (Ministry of National Defence)
 
Labels: Nil  
Name tag: Rectangular white cloth on the reverse of the collar  
     
Distinguishing features: Four front pockets and three sleeve pockets each fastened with concealed medium, flat, brown buttons. Internal rear "Poachers'" pockets closed at the side with zippers. WZ4643 stamp.  
IMG 3777

Manufactured: 1991-1992  
These were the first Airborne/SF US issue trousers.
     
Main closure: Single medium, brown, flat button  
Fly closure: Medium, brown, flat buttons  
Waist tabs: Adjustable  
Belt loops: Narrow  
Hand pockets: Present  
Watch pocket: Nil  
Cargo pockets: Four, Two on the front of each leg and two on the rear of each leg, pleated and each fastened with a single, concealed, medium, brown, flat button  
Trouser cuffs: Single green or brown elastic foot loop, sewn to the inside of trouser cuff  
Internal lining: Tan cloth  
Stamps:
  1. "WZ4643" or "WZOR 4643" WZ = Wzór (pattern)
  2. "XXX/XXX" (Chest cm - Height cm)
  3. "XX XXXX" or "XX XX" (Month Year)
  4. Circular "KJ" stamp
  5. "Jak. 1" stamp, Jak possibly = Jakość (Type)
  6. Two or three digit numeral stamp
  7. "MON" = Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej (Ministry of National Defence)
 
Labels: Nil  
Name tag: Rectangular white cloth on inside of waist  
     
Distinguishing features: Four pleated cargo pockets on legs and brown buttons. WZ4643 stamp.  

 

wz127 Airborne/SF US Uniform 1993


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Manufactured: 1993  
This was the second and last wz89 Puma Airborne/SF US issue jacket.
     
Main closure: Concealed, large, flat brown buttons  
Sleeve cuffs: Single, concealed, medium, flat brown button  
Epaulettes: Single, concealed, medium, flat brown button  
Foliage loops: Nil  
Front pockets: Total of four: Two pleated chest pockets and two pleated waist pockets each fastened with concealed, medium, flat brown buttons  
Sleeve pockets: Total of three: a pleated pocket on each upper sleeve and one on the lower left sleeve each fastened with concealed, medium, brown, buttons  
Internal pockets: Two large rear "poachers" pockets closed externally from the sides by silver zippers and fastened internally on each side by a single, medium, flat brown button  
Internal lining: Tan cloth  
Stamps:
  1. "WZ127" WZ = Wzór (pattern)
  2. "XXX/XXX" (Chest cm - Height cm)
  3. "XX XXXX" (Month Year)
  4. Circular "KJ" stamp
  5. "Jak. 1" stamp, Jak possibly = Jakość (Type)
  6. Two or three digit numeral stamp
  7. "MON" = Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej (Ministry of National Defence)
 
Labels: "Poldres" label and size labels just like the distinctive white size label with black lettering (Chest cm - Height cm) however inversed - white figures on black label.  
Name tag: Rectangular white cloth on the reverse of the collar  
     
Distinguishing features: Four front pockets and three sleeve pockets each fastened with concealed medium, flat, brown buttons. Internal rear "Poachers'" pockets closed at the side with zippers. WZ127 stamp and "Poldres" labels.  

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Manufactured: 1993  
These were the second and last wz89 Puma Airborne/SF US issue trousers.
     
Main closure: Medium, brown, flat button  
Fly closure: Medium, brown, flat buttons  
Waist tabs: Adjustable  
Belt loops: Narrow  
Hand pockets: Present  
Watch pocket: Nil  
Cargo pockets: Four, Two on the front of each leg and two on the rear of each leg, pleated and each fastened with a single, concealed, medium, brown, flat button  
Trouser cuffs: Single brown elastic foot loop, sewn to the inside of trouser cuff  
Internal lining: Tan cloth  
Stamps:
  1. "WZ127" WZ = Wzór (pattern)
  2. "XXX/XXX" (Chest cm - Height cm)
  3. "XX XXXX" (Month Year)
  4. Circular "KJ" stamp
  5. "Jak. 1" stamp, Jak possibly = Jakość (Type)
  6. Two or three digit numeral stamp
  7. "MON" = Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej (Ministry of National Defence)
 
Labels: "Poldres" label and size labels just like the distinctive white size label with black lettering (Chest cm - Height cm) however inversed - white figures on black label.  
Name tag: Rectangular white cloth on inside of waist  
     
Distinguishing features: Four pleated cargo pockets on legs and brown buttons  

 

Airborne/SF US Winter Jackets
Airborne/SF US Winter Jackets were for use by Airborne and Special Forces troops. US = Ubior Skoczka (Parachutist Uniform) or Ubior Specjalny (Special Uniform) and was issued to Airborne and Special Forces.
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IMG 1427

Manufactured: 1992  
This was the first and only wz89 Puma Airborne/SF US winter field jacket.
     
Main closure: Concealed, large, flat brown buttons  
Epaulettes: Single, concealed, medium, brown, button  
Foliage loops: Nil  
Front pockets: Total of four: Two pleated chest pockets and two pleated waist pockets each fastened with concealed, medium, flat brown buttons  
Sleeve pockets: Total of three: a pleated pocket on each upper sleeve and one on the lower left sleeve each fastened with concealed, medium, brown, buttons  
Internal pockets: Two large rear "poachers" pockets closed externally from the sides by silver zippers and fastened internally on each side by a single, medium, flat brown button  
Liner: Grey quilted cloth - no removable liner.  
Liner collar: Nil  
Jacket stamps:
  1. "WZ130" or "130"
  2. "XX-XX" (Month-Year)
  3. "XXX XXX" or "XXX\XXX" (Chest cm - Height cm) possibly sometimes reversed
  4. Circular "KJ" stamp
  5. "Jak. 1" stamp, Jak possibly = Jakość (Type)
  6. Two or three digit numeral stamp
  7. "MON" = Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej (Ministry of National Defence)
 
Liner stamps: NA  
Labels: Nil  
Name tag: Rectangular white cloth on the reverse of the collar  
     
Distinguishing features: Four front pockets and three sleeve pockets each fastened with concealed medium, flat, brown buttons. Internal rear "Poachers'" pockets closed at the side with zippers. Grey, quilted, non-removable cloth lining and WZ130 stamp.  

Other Items

Rogotywka Caps
Rogotywka caps were used by both regular Army troops and Air Force and Air Defence Forces troops.
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IMG 8719

Manufactured: 1988-1990  
This was the first wz89 Puma issue Rogotywka Cap.
     
Eagle Patch: Without crown  
Winter liner: Nil  
Vents: Two on each side, green  
Stamps:
  1. "XX XXr" (Month Year), r = rok (year) - surrounded by rectangular border
  2. "XX" (Size cm)
 
Labels: Nil  
     
Distinguishing features: Eagle patch without crown  

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Manufactured: 1990  
This was the second and final wz89 Puma issue Rogotywka Cap.
     
Eagle Patch: With crown  
Winter liner: Nil  
Vents: Two on each side, green  
Stamps:
  1. "XX XXr" (Month Year), r = rok (year) - surrounded by rectangular border
  2. "XX" (Size cm)
 
Labels: Nil  
     
Distinguishing features: Eagle patch with crown  

 

Rank Slides
Rank slides were used by both regular Army troops and Air Force and Air Defence Forces troops.
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Manufactured: 1989-?  
These were likely first manufactured in 1989 and possibly up to 1992.
     
Rubber: White  
     
Distinguishing features: White rubber  

 

Braces
Braces were likely used by both regular Army troops and Air Force and Air Defence Forces troops.
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IMG 7631

Manufactured: ?  
These were likely first manufactured in 1989 and possibly up to 1992.
     
Elastic: Khaki  
     
Distinguishing features: NA  

 

Winter Gloves
Winter Gloves were likely used by Airborne/SF troops, regular Army troops and Air Force and Air Defence Forces troops.
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IMG 8308

Manufactured: 1989  
These were first manufactured in 1989 and possibly up to 1992.
     
Lining: Khaki  
     
Distinguishing features: NA  

 

Helmet Cover
Helmet Covers were likely used by Airborne/SF troops, regular Army troops and Air Force and Air Defence Forces troops.
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Manufactured: 1989  
I am unsure if helmet covers were officially issued, however I have included them here.
     
Folage loops: Front, both sides and back  
     
Distinguishing features: NA  

 

Pack
Packs were likely used by Airborne/SF troops, regular Army troops and Air Force and Air Defence Forces troops.
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Manufactured: 1989  
I am unsure if these packs were officially issued, however they are available in huge numbers on the surplus market, suggesting they were issued.
     
Straps: Khaki webbing  
     
Distinguishing features: NA  

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Martin replied the topic: #206 4 years 9 months ago
I have written the article above documenting the chronology of Polish wz89 Puma uniforms and accessories.

Please post here any information I should add, or any corrections.