Combat Camouflage Shirt

A standard issue shirt worn by a soldier who displayed exceptional leadership and gallantry.

Nicholas Calder Uniform 2

Camouflage clothing has been worn regularly by soldiers since the Second World War.

This Desert camouflage Disruptive Pattern Material (DPM) combat shirt worn by Major (later Lieutenant Colonel) Nicholas Calder MC in Afghanistan during Operation Herrick 8. The shirt features a desert coloured Royal Regiment of Scotland Tactical Recognition Flash (TRF) and a 5 SCOTS badge (with Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders’ dicing) on the right arm. On the left arm there is a British Army Union Flag badge and a 16 Air Assault formation sign below it. The front of the shirt features a cloth slip on rank slide with a crown, which indicates the rank of Major.


Standard issue from 1990 to 2010


Shirt measures approximately 855 mm (Height) x 800 mm (Width)



Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Calder MC

During Operation Herrick 8, Major Nicholas Calder of the 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland was awarded the Military Cross for displaying exceptional leadership and gallantry during this operational tour.
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Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Calder holding his Military Cross medal after the investiture ceremony
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Desert DPM camouflage shirt worn by Nicholas Calder MC in Afghanistan during Operation Herrick 8

Operation Herrick consisted of the British contribution to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and support to the American-led Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Between 2001 and 24 July 2015 a total of 454 British military personnel died as a result of operations in Afghanistan.

Lt Col Nicholas Calder talking about the value of family support

If you are interested in hearing Nicholas Calder MC speak about his family’s military service then please click here to view an interview he conducted for the National Army Museum.

Did you know?

Operation Herrick is the codename used for all British operations during the War in Afghanistan from 2002 until the end of combat operations in 2014.