Camo Print Factfile

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CAMO: Where does yours come from?
Clued up on your camo? You will be after you've read our fact file.

Name: Woodland
Colours: Earthy, natural tones of green, brown and black
History: The most common of all the camo styles, the Woodland design dates back to 1948. It's one of the most duplicated and modified camo patterns ever designed, with countless variations doing the rounds worldwide - allowing soldiers to effortlessly blend with the colours found in nature and the woods.

Name: Chocolate Chip
Colours: Mid-brown, off-white and black tones
History: One of the first desert patterns to be produced, the six-colour Chocolate Chip design was inspired by the rocky deserts of California and introduced as early as 1977. Its mid-brown colour scheme with dotted black rock pattern earned it the name 'Chocolate Chip'.

Name: Tricolour Desert
Colours: Beige, earth brown and sandy tones
History: A general purpose camouflage design suited to sandy regions, the tricolour is a smoother, lighter version of the traditional six-colour desert pattern. Designed in 1991 for soldiers fighting in the Iraqi war, it has since been adopted by many other countries and was given the nickname "coffee stain".

Name: Digital
History: Pioneered by the Canadian government in 1996, the CADPAT digital camouflage features pixelated shapes which are designed using computer algorithms. The theory behind the pattern is that digital designs can more effectively camouflage a target than traditional organic types. It's since been adopted by the US Army, who developed and rolled out their own MARPAT (Marine Pattern) design in 2001.

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