The French reoccupation of Indochina following the end of The Second World War left much more behind than the bodies Foreign Legionnaires in the jungles around Dien Bien Phu. The French issued their "Tenue du Leopard" lizard-stripe camouflage pattern to colonial Vietnamese personnel during the First Indochina War, in addition to wearing the pattern themselves in contacts against the Viet Minh out in the boonies. When the French left in 1954, local fabric makers produced variations of this pattern for private and public sale. The first of these variations to be dubbed "Tigerstripe" was a pattern produced until 1967 on contract for the South Vietnamese Marine Corps. The period proceeding that was driven by the increase of American involvement in that region, starting with clandestine CIA Spooks, and Special Forces Advisors, leading to more direct action with the involvement of various elite units and American logistical and artillery support, before finally becoming a full-scale involvement following the Maddox Affair in 1965.
Up until that point, which saw the deployment of the regular conscripted Army, the potent professionals assisting the Republic of Vietnam were not so bound and constrained by things like uniform standards and regulations while in-country, and took to dressing in the local tigerstripe patterns as the Vietnamese were doing. Many variations of this pattern were produced throughout Southeast Asia up to and beyond the end of the Second Indochina War. John Wayne's 1968 film "The Green Berets" Brought this pattern to the attention of the American general public, and its use by American special operations forces during the Vietnam War secured its place in the annals of military legend. Tigerstripe still has a soft place in the hearts of enthusiasts, collectors, and professionals to this day, as several countries still make active use of this pattern around the world. The Legionnaires of the U.S. Army's 5th Special Forces Group were seen to wear this pattern on an exercise at Ft. Campbell, KY in August of 2019, having brushed the dust off of this trusted pattern to bring it once more into public view. We here at Fireforce Ventures have answered the cries of many of this pattern's biggest fans, and are proud to introduce a run of our pt-short silkies, lovingly sublimated in this gallant pattern.
Perfect for your next deadlift PR or to impress the guests at your braai!
- Improved second run of silkies - better dying process to largely remove sublimation processing smells after a standard machine wash
- 100% polyester construction
- High quality sublimation with green backing
- Two hand pockets for extra usability
- Small inseam for maximum sex appeal
- Warning: Do not wear around communist terrorists, they have been known to spontaneously combust upon contact with these silkies.
Sizing Guide (please note, there is a high degree of adjustability in waist sizes):
- Small: 26-34" waist, 2.5" inseam
- Medium: 28-36" waist, 2.5" inseam
- Large: 30-38" waist, 2.75" inseam
- XL: 32-40" waist, 2.75" inseam
- 2XL: 34-42" waist, 3" inseam
- 3XL: 36-44" waist, 3" inseam
- 4XL: 38-46" waist, 3" inseam
- 5XL: 40-48" waist, 3" inseam
All prices are United States Dollars (USD). We ship internationally!