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A member of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) instructs a Montagnard irregular. camouflage data

1969: A member of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) instructs a 'Montagnard' irregular, who wears ARVN 'tiger stripe' camouflage. The term Montagnard referred to the indigenous Degar peoples of the Central Highlands of Việt Nam and was a carryover from the French colonial period. [Image: Australian War Memorial (AWM negative BEL/69/805/VN).]

ARVN 'tiger stripe pattern' camouflage
Republic of Viet Nam

More commonly known as U.S. tigerstripe, the ARVN 'tiger stripe pattern' camouflage was, in fact, originally worn by the Army of the Republic of Viet Nam (ARVN). It appears to be an evolution of the 1953 French 'lizard pattern'. ARVN 'tiger stripe pattern' camouflage is a four-colour camouflage pattern, comprising black, medium green and wood brown elements on a light tan background.

Its first use by non-Vietnamese forces was in 1962, when American and Australian military advisors to the ARVN adopted the pattern. Soon, many American special operations forces in the Vietnamese theatre of operations wore the pattern, even though many of them were not attached to South Vietnamese units.

camouflage data

1cm grid

ARVN 'tiger stripe pattern' camouflage

Specimen of ARVN 'tiger stripe pattern' camouflage

Specimen kindly supplied by Sean Weir

Actual size: 16.95×12.71cm

also known as:
  • ARVN tiger stripe pattern
  • ARVN tigerstripe pattern
  • tiger stripe pattern
  • tigerstripe pattern
  • U.S. tiger stripe pattern
  • U.S. tigerstripe pattern
country of origin:

Việt Nam Cộng Hòa

National flag: Republic of Viet Nam

Republic of Viet Nam

used by:
  • Army of the Republic of Viet Nam (abbrev. ARVN).
also used by:

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