Single-breasted camouflage jacket of lightweight rip-stop fabric with stand and fall collar, printed in desert colours of sand, dark brown and with white on black speckles. The jacket retains the original US stores label
Adopted in the early 1980s, this type of camouflage pattern was first worn in action by US Forces in the 1991 Gulf War. Commonly known as the 'Chocolate Chip' uniform, comprising; jacket, trousers, bush hat and helmet cover, it was officially termed 'Desert Battle Dress Uniform' or 'DBDU'. This pattern of camouflage was not entirely successful with the troops that wore it, the design being too 'busy' and not as practical in the desert as at first anticipated. The DBDU was replaced, from 1992, by the 'Three Colour DBDU' (see UNI 12608).
This example was issued by the United States to the Iraqi army shortly after the conclusion of the Iraq War in 2003 when Iraq had little manufacturing capability to clothe its reconstituted military.