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Hi all can any body tell me what year the French adopted NATO 3 tone was it overnite or more gradual thanks in advance
They certainly had it by 1994 when I watched the Bastille Day parade in Paris.
It is surprisingly hard to find anything definitive on this.
the earliest date that I can clearly identify it is 1991 on tanks, erc90, and AMX10RC
I had a quick look in French sites and forums, it’s unclear.
This page quotes a NCO witness of the 1er RHP (but that’s an elite unit) having painted vehicles in “trois tons” as early as 1987:
Also this, dated August 87:
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