Need some desert camouflage? Look no further! These British surplus field shirts will satiate your desert camo fix.
Desert DPM & Its History
Desert DPM was developed by the British Ministry of Defense in the early 1980s. The American military had just began issuing Six-Color Desert ("Choccy Chip") to troops in the Sinai and other arid environments. And so the British MOD to began work on Desert DPM. They recolored Woodland DPM using four shades of brown and tan. This version became widely used by Saddam's Iraq, among other smaller nations.
The four-color pattern wasn't immediately issued to British troops as there were none deployed to desert environments at the time. Potential problems with friendly fire and enemy misidentification during deployments to the Middle East and Asia due to the wide use of four-color DDPM created the need for a three-color variant.
This tricolor DDPM became the pattern issued to British troops throughout the Gulf and Afghanistan Wars until its replacement by the MultiCam variant MTP (Multi-Terrain Pattern).
Tricolor DDPM was issued in several different phases as the general-issue British military uniform changed. While there are minute differences between DDPM of different time frames, we have not sorted this listing by date of manufacture.
The Short & Sweet:
- Genuine British military surplus
- Unissued condition
- Lightweight 65% cotton, 35% polyester blend
- Two chest pockets
- Button-up front
- Desert DPM colorway
- Two-position button-adjustable cuffs