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Uncover your potential', indeed! Once you stop ogling the girl, though, you might notice that this Australian Special Air Service (SAS) recruiting poster shows Australian Disruptive Pattern Camouflage to very good effect. [Image courtesy Brad Turner collection.]

1944/45 3-colour deceptive camouflage pattern
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Late in 1944 or early in 1945, the Soviet Ministry of Defense issued its next camouflage uniform to combat troops. Although the cut and construction of the 1941 summer camouflage suit was retained, the new 'three-colour deceptive camouflage suit' (Russian: трёхцветный маскировочныч камуфлированныч костюм, trans. tryokhtsvetnyy maskirovochnyy kamuflirovannyy kostyum, TTsMKK) featured a pattern of aliased medium green and dark green blocks printed on a sand-yellow background.

As for previous camouflage uniforms, the TTsMKK was issued in one- and two-piece versions. The two-piece issue featured a face veil, to reduce facial glare, while the one-piece ('three-colour deceptive camouflage suit''three-colour deceptive camouflage suit' (Russian: трёхцветный маскировочныч камуфлированныч комбинезон, trans. tryokhtsvetnyy maskirovochnyy kamuflirovannyy kombinezon, TTsMKK) was issued with a matching face mask. As before, too, TTsMKK uniforms were issued only to special troops, such as assault engineers, snipers, airborne forces (Russian: Воздушно-десантные войска, trans. Vozdushno-desantnyye voyska, VDV) and reconnaissance units of the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs (Russian: Народный комиссариат внутренних дел, trans. Narodnyy komissariat vnutrennikh del, NKVD).

The one-piece version of the uniform continued in service through the 1950s. In his book Camouflage uniforms of the Soviet Union and Russia, 1937 to present, Dennis Desmond claims that the one-piece TTsMKK continues to be used by reservists and trainees. He also notes that the uniform also appeared in Albania, worn by rebels, during the riots of 1997.

The aliased 3-colour deceptive camouflage pattern formed a basis for the 1948 hybrid 'amoeba–stair step' camouflage pattern.

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1944/45 3-colour deceptive camouflage pattern
1945–present

Specimen of 1944/45 3-colour deceptive camouflage pattern

Specimen kindly supplied by Dennis Desmond/Schiffer Publishing Ltd

Actual size: not known

also known as:
  • 1944/45 3-colour 'stair-stepped pattern' camouflage
  • 1944/45 3-colour deceptive camouflage pattern
  • 1944/45 TTsMKK camouflage pattern
country of origin:

Союз Советских Социалистических Республик

National flag: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

used by:
  • reconnaissance units of the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs (Russian: Народный комиссариат внутренних дел, trans. Narodnyy komissariat vnutrennikh del, NKVD) (1940s/1950s)
  • reservists and trainees (post-war)
  • Soviet airborne forces (Russian: Воздушно-десантные войска, trans. Vozdushno-desantnyye voyska, VDV) (1940s/1950s)
  • Soviet assault engineers (1940s/1950s)
  • Soviet frontier forces (Russian: Пограничные войска, trans. Pogranichnyye voyska) (1940s/1950s)
  • Soviet snipers (1940s/1950s)
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