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    Posted 6 years ago

    battlegear
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    Chocolate Chip Camouflage camo M1 steel helmet cover

    the last photo shows a US soldier with a Choc Chip pattern camo cover on his M1 steel helmet during Operation Desert Storm 1991

    The term "chocolate chip" is a nickname for the six-color desert camouflage pattern originally developed by the United States in 1971.

    The design was primarily influenced by conditions encountered in the rocky deserts of California, with the nickname being applied by US soldiers who saw a resemblance in the scheme to chocolate chip cookie dough, a favorite American confection (baked or otherwise). The original design consisted of blotches in two shades of mid-brown over larger areas of sand & tan, dotted with smaller "rock" shapes printed in black & off-white.

    This camouflage pattern saw its heaviest production between 1981 and 1991. It was worn initially by US military personnel serving in the Sinai, but its most prevalent use was during Operation Desert Shield/Storm (the Persian Gulf War) and later in deployments to Somalia.

    Field experience showed that the design actually had limited effectiveness in many of the barren, sandy deserts of the Persian Gulf and North Africa, and beginning in 1991 it was replaced by the three-color desert pattern. Never the less, the original six-color design gained popularity with many nations, and has spawned a vast assortment of derivatives using different color schemes.

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    Comments

    1. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 6 years ago
      Hey! I think I knew that NCO!

      While I was in Iraq about 2004, I saw Chocolate Chip being issued to the new Iraqi Army I guess the US hadn't gotten rid of it all yet. Found this photo off the 'net

      http://usarmy.vo.llnwd.net/e2/-images/2006/12/27/1567/army.mil-2006-12-28-103030.jpg
    2. battlegear battlegear, 6 years ago
      cool photo, thanks!
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Chris, can't help but noticing that they are armed with the better AR's.
    4. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      I didn't realize folks still wore the steel pot in desert storm-- thought all US troops were in the K-pot by then!

      scott
    5. battlegear battlegear, 6 years ago
      I heard some National Guard units and USAF units still used steel helmets when they deployed to Desert Storm

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