When were Woodland Bdus Introduced-earliest dated items?

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    When were Woodland Bdus Introduced-earliest dated items?

    Post by Gulf91 on Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:58 am

    I do apologise if this has been discussed somewhere but did a quick search and couldnt find anything.

    Reason I ask is have just been going through a few pairs of trs I have and one pair stood out as the others were all ripstop and had green labels,this pair is of heavyish material,has white labels and are dated 1981.

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    Post by CollectinSteve on Sun Nov 10, 2013 12:38 pm

    I'm pretty sure 1981 is the earliest date for standard production BDUs. They have always come in two weights; solid cotton and ripstop (various mixes of cotton and poly). The latter are referred to as "Hot Weather" and were supposedly special issue for soldiers operating in warmer climates. In practice it wasn't very strict. DCUs also came in solid cotton and ripstop.

    The earlier Woodland items had white labels. I'm not sure when the change to OD labels happened.

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    Post by Gulf91 on Sun Nov 10, 2013 12:43 pm

    Thanks Steve,thought it was 1981 as see some people refer to Woodland as M81 but dont think thats any official designation.

    Good job I checked as was going to give them away for free!!
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    Post by bravo_2_zero on Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:48 pm

    1981 , first mass issue had white tags, these are the original M81 and was only produced in NYCO.

    There was a limited run prior to mass M81 which mirrored the RDF uniform but in woodland, this can be seen in the 80's movie " splash " about a mermaid.

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    Post by Gulf91 on Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:08 am

    M81????????


    Is there anywhere,where this is an official designation as it does my head in people calling US Woodland M81,kind of like people describing DPM as 66,68,88 Pattern DPM Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil 

    If it is an official designation I will of course eat my words.
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    Post by bravo_2_zero on Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:13 am


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    Post by Gulf91 on Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:19 am

    Still not official Im afraid.

    By official I mean on any official US documentation,garment label etc as as far as Im concerned and aware it is simply WOODLAND,no such thing as M81 Woodland,the M81 I would hedge my bets as being another collectorism term.

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