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: 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: 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

 

 

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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: 1989-1990
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 2 days 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.