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DPM is the abbreviation for Disruptive Pattern Material, a term the British Ministry of Defence coined for the range of camouflage patterns issued since the late 1960s. DPM is one of the most widely copied patterns in the world, with many countries having their own variations of the standard woodland and desert patterns, but colorways running from red and orange to blue and purple. Some version of DPM currently being used by numerous countries, including Bulgaria, Indonesia, Cambodia, New Zealand, Oman, the Philippines, Portugal, United Kingdom and Yemen (as well other countries). Many more have worn the pattern at one time or another, either due to their connection with the United Kingdom or simply because of the universal effectiveness of the pattern.

The "standard" DPM pattern was developed for temperate climates, and consists of black, brown, and bright green shapes on a khaki or tan background. There are literally dozens of variations, including some intended for tropical and some for desert climates. DPM remains in use with the British Army today, but will gradually be replaced by the the new MTP (Multi-Terrain Pattern).

  • British DPM patterns: the original 1960 pattern DPM, 1968 pattern, 1985 pattern and S95 patterns:

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  • British desert patterns: 1st series, 2nd series, 3rd series.

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  • Canadian DPM

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  • Several DPM patterns worn by New Zealand since the early 1980s

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  • Dutch DPM


  • Various DPM variations worn by Oman.

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  • Indonesian DPM, issued since 1984.


  • Iranian DPM patterns.

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  • Iraqi DPM patterns.

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  • Philippines DPM

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  • Portuguese DPM


  • Bulgarian DPM, introduced around 2003

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  • Recent DPM patterns worn by Yemen:

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