The Legion version was produced in larger numbers as compared to the army type. It was actually in use as early as 1972, making it one of the first nation to adopt a desert pattern.
This BW photo I found recently is dated June 1972, parade for an anniversary of the Legion. Finding photos of these patterns in use is challenging, but finding them in use by COEs is even harder.
While some Legion units were issued their distinctive cut/type uniforms as early as 1972, the COE variant was not produced/issued until 1975, and then to only one company COE 103 ( second photo ).
M73s was the first Spanish camouflage pattern in to which 2 distinctively different cuts/ types would be produced.
It would be the Legion's first camouflage uniform, in their own specific cut/type. This same cut was later used in 2nd. type M76 uniforms which were also meant to be an exclusive Legion camouflage uniform.
On left is a COE/ army type. It is a pullover, not a button up shirt. It has tongue and loop wrist closure ( like M69s ) , squared pocket flaps, and pointy elbow reinforcement ( like M69).
Legion type has a simple button up front placket, a simple button/ button hole wrist closure, rounded pocket flaps, rounded/ oval elbow reinforcement and Legion embroidery. Just like M76.
Trousers follow the same logic. COE/ army types follow M69 design , while Legion types would be the first Spanish camouflage trousers to have 4 pockets on leg and other features carried over to M76 uniforms.
Here is an example of trousers differences and similarities .
From left :Green Dominant M69 , COE/ army M73 , Legion M73, Legion M76 . M69 and COE M73 trousers are the same cut/type ; Legion M73 and Legion M76 are also the same cut.
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