3 color DCUs in 1990-91 ?

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    3 color DCUs in 1990-91 ?

    Post by 3_colors on Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:28 am

    Dear all,

    I have a question : I have some early 3 color DCUs and I wanted to know if this pattern was worn during the 1st Gulf War ?

    If yes, have you got pictures showing 3 color jackets in the Gulf at this time ?

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    Re: 3 color DCUs in 1990-91 ?

    Post by Nkomo on Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:18 am

    Bertrand,
    Well....this exact question has been debated heavily by collectors for some time now. The 3-Color desert uniform was just being issued to replace the 6-Color DBDU right during that time period. From what I understand, the 3-Color DCU was available on a VERY limited scale and was seen being worn by some of the rear-echelon logistical types and possibly some higher ranking officers. I have no photographic evidence to support this claim, but this is what I've been told by men who served during Desert Storm.

    I have several 1990 dated 3-Color DCU's in my collection and one 1989 dated 3-Color DCU cap. These dates certainly put it in the realm of possiblity of it being used during Desert Storm, but it would have been on a very limited scale. During the early part of Desert Shield, the US was hard pressed to get 6-Color DBDU's to all the soldiers in-theatre or deploying to the Middle East. That is why you'll see some US soldiers in Saudi Arabia wearing plain Woodland BDU's. If the Goverment had problems getting the 6-Color DBDU's to all it's soldiers, then logistics would be more focused on that problem rather than implementing the change over to 3-Color DCU. I hope this answers your question.
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    Re: 3 color DCUs in 1990-91 ?

    Post by 3_colors on Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:09 am

    Arch,

    Thanks for this bright answer Very Happy

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    Re: 3 color DCUs in 1990-91 ?

    Post by Ben on Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:43 am

    I have seen one photo of DCU-patterned camouflage in-use during GW1, and it was on a parka being worn by GEN Schwarzkopf. The photo was in a book I used for a research project on Desert Storm last semester, but I can't remember the name. If I can remember it, I'll re-check it out from the library and try to post a photo.

    Ironically enough, even though the 3-colour DCU had (most likely) been implemented by this time, troops in Somalia up to 1993 were wearing 6-colour desert camouflage. This can be seen in the photo section of the book "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War" by Mark Bowden.


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    Re: 3 color DCUs in 1990-91 ?

    Post by bhmilitarycollector84 on Tue May 11, 2010 12:07 am

    my budy served in the gulf , ill ask him is he seen any , he was a tank mechanic with the 3rd infantry division
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    Re: 3 color DCUs in 1990-91 ?

    Post by Misanthropic_Gods on Tue May 11, 2010 12:26 am

    I have a '91 dated DCU Shirt
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    Re: 3 color DCUs in 1990-91 ?

    Post by ripcord56 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:10 pm

    This is a modified early ( '91 ) DCU.

    Most likely a USAF piece.  





    This top has take up tabs, different cuffs, and a 100% cotton contents. Later issue DCUs have no take up tabs, full cuffs, and 50-50 Cotton/nylon contents.

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    Re: 3 color DCUs in 1990-91 ?

    Post by Longbranch on Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:27 pm

    We need to remember that dates derived from contract numbers really don't mean anything, as those uniforms could have been produced several years after the date the contract was given. So a "1991 dated" DCU could have actually been produced in 1993.
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    Re: 3 color DCUs in 1990-91 ?

    Post by ripcord56 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 6:31 pm

    Thanks Dan,

    Duly noted, and very true.  I was mainly pointing out small differences between  early and  later DCUs.

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    Re: 3 color DCUs in 1990-91 ?

    Post by PriorityOne on Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:21 pm

    I talked to an Air Force Mechanic that was in during Desert Storm and he said he wore 3 color desert.

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