Trousers, Camouflage, 'Tiger Stripe': ARVN / US Special Forces
Full-length trousers of cotton drill fabric in 'Tiger Stripe' pattern camouflage, featuring a zipper fly with button fastening at the waist, seven belt loops, slightly angled hip pockets, an expanding cargo pocket to the side of either leg with double-button rectangular flaps, a smaller expanding pocket below the left cargo pocket with a single button rectangular flap and two expanding pockets with rectangular double-button flaps to the rear. All pocket flap buttons are of brown four-hole plastic and are exposed.
Designed and at first manufactured in the Republic of Vietnam, the 'Tiger Stripe' camouflage is believed to have been first worn by the Vietnamese Marine Corps from 1959, the style influenced by the French 'Lizard Pattern' of the early 1950s. Adopted by individual US Special Forces acting in an advisory capacity during the earlier stage of the Vietnam conflict, the style was often used by other elite formations including those of Australia and New Zealand. In the mid-1960s South Vietnam adopted the uniform as a distinctive feature of its own Ranger Battalions. Several uniform garments of this style were made under contract in several countries such as Thailand, Okinawa, Taiwan and Korea, made in both American and Vietnamese sizes. These garments are distinguished by having their sizes marked in the following way: 'A-S', 'A-M' and 'A-L' for Asian Small, Medium and Large, and for US personnel, 'U.S. -M', 'U.S.-L'.