following the Vietnam war the pattern was adopted by several other Asian countries. It derives its name from its resemblance to
broader brush-strokes of black printed over a lighter shade of olive or khaki. The brush-strokes interlock rather than overlap, as
in French Lizard pattern (TAP47) from which it apparently derives. There are many variations; R.D. Johnson counted at least 19
different versions in early drafts of Tiger Patterns, his definitive work on the subject, although it is unclear if these are all
different print patterns, or if they include color variations of a few different print patterns.
It is unclear who developed the first tigerstripe pattern, consisting of sixty-four (64) stripes. The French used a similar pattern
pattern, a variant of which was later adopted by Vietnamese Rangers (Biệt Động Quân) and Special Forces (Lực Lượng Đặc
authorized to wear their Vietnamese unit's combat uniform with US insignia. Soon, many American special operations forces in
the Vietnamese theater of operations wore the pattern, despite not always being attached to ARVN units: it became the visible
Tigerstripe was never an official US-issue item. Personnel permitted to wear it at first had their camo fatigues custom-made by
local tailors, ARVN uniforms being too small for most Americans; for this reason there were many variations of the basic
tigerstripe pattern. From 1964 5th Special Forces Group contracted with Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian producers to
make fatigues and other items such as boonie hats using tigerstripe fabric. Being manufactured by different producers, there
were a wide variety of patterns and color shade variations. They were made in both Asian and US sizes. During the latter stages of the war, tigerstripe was gradually replaced in American reconnaissance units by the-then-new ERDL pattern, a
tigerstripes from 1964
until disbanded in 1971. Special Forces personnel wore tigerstripes when conducting operations with the CIDG.
duty with the ARVN units. Personnel from the Special Air Services of Australia and New Zealand were the principal wearers of
tigerstripe uniforms (and ERDL uniforms) in theater, while regular Australian and New Zealand troops wore the standard-issue
olive drab green uniforms.
Outside of Vietnam, Thailand and Philippines have been the most prolific manufacturers of tiger stripe designs since the
Vietnam War. The pattern became popular throughout the Middle East and South America as well.
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