Above are two examples of WW2 Telo Tenda Mimetico side by side.
On the left is the classic M1929 Telo Tenda with the camouflage pattern so distinctive to the Italian forces. Beside it is the Tropical version, made in plain Tan Duck material. These were designed to be used as either tent shelters or poncho's in wet weather, the head hole being the scallop shape in the centre of the image. They could be utilised as ground sheets, sleeping bags and floatation devices as well. The telo's have numerous buttons on them, usually made from corozo and dyed a dark tan. Fibre plastic buttons were also used, as well as aluminium dish buttons.
This image is just a close up of the Telo's, along with the tent pole sections (Three per man) and the Wooden tent pegs. They are lying on the issued Blanket, made of a dense wool felt and has the 'Star of Savoy' with in the cream bands, denoting military manufacture. Also visible are the heavy duty cotton chords that come with the telo. Note the colour difference in the camouflaged example. This shows different print runs being used to make one telo. Also note the dark brown 'Stripe' on the 45 degree edge of the Camouflaged one. This is one of the identifying features of a WW2 produced Telo Tenda. Post war examples are similar, but the are often more lurid in colour, and don't have the complete brown coloured edge wartime examples have.
A close up of the pattern. A repeat pattern of irregular blobs make up Italian Camouflage. Much debate rages about the colour of original quarter shelters. However, as a pointer, these colours are exact wartime colouration. As long as they are matt and subdued (Greyish in tone), then it is possibly wartime.
Telo Tenda Mimetico