Jump to content

The CCU (Close Combat Uniform)


Recommended Posts

Ok...From all intents & purposes alot of collectors are NOT aware of the CCU & what they are... The CCU (Close Combat Uniform) was a trials/experimental pattern uniform that was tested around 2003/2004. The uniforms were ONLY issued to elements of the Stryker Brigades from the 2nd Infantry Division & 25th Infantry Division. They are NO longer made & were never issued to any other units. So they are getting rather difficult to locate. There were 2 contracts made of them. there is a slight difference in them. As you can see the basic design in them from the photos. They do feature pads in the elbows & knees. (although my 2 sets do NOT have the pads).

 

They were also made in a woodland, 'scorpion" or multicam & a urban track type (I do not have photos of these)

 

The average price for these is $125 all the way up to $2,200. Generally they are between $125-500. So if you find one cheaper...by all means buy the thing & hang onto it for dear life.... thumbsup.gif ALSO the 1st contract apparently had more issued than the 2nd contract, so the 1st contract will be cheaper & easier to locate.

 

Steven

 

 

IF ANYONE has any additional info or photos PLEASE POST THEM & SHARE THE WEALTH of knowledge...

SEEKING VARIOUS COALITION FORCE UNIFORMS & MILITARIA FROM OEF & OIF, PLEASE PM ME IF YOU WANT TO PART WITH ANY!

 

OEF-OIFbanner-4a.jpgBONDSMILITARIACOLLECTIONBANNERa.jpg[

 

donation2009.gif

Link to post
Share on other sites

I found 4 CCU jackets and 2 CCU pants in the DCU pattern this weekend. I was very fortunate to find these at a cheap price, considering what they sell for on the internet. That being said, does anyone know what the approximate troop strength was for the Stryker Brigades? Also, how many sets of CCU's were the Stryker Brigade soldiers issued? Thanks!!!!

Arch

Always looking for US and foreign militaria from the Central American wars circa 1970-1990

donation2017.gif

donation2013.gifdonation2014.gifdonation2015.gifdonation2016.gif

donation2018.gifdonation2019.gifdonation2020.gif

Link to post
Share on other sites

Man, I sold one of these tops at a show last month for only $35! But then again, I only paid ten for it. I live within a short hop from Fort Lewis where these uniforms were fielded and for a while, you could find them in the local surplus places for next to nothing (none in unissued condition, though). I had four of the shirts at one point and traded two off before selling the last one. I have one left. All had the nametapes removed. Other test patterns got used in this area as well. I passed on one of the “Urban Tracks” test suits, which I now deeply regret (I thought I’d see a better condition or cheaper set later on but never did). I had a full set of Scorpion pattern but traded it for some WW2 stuff. I also saw a ACY uniform being worn at Ft Lewis a good year before you found them anywhere else (it might have been a test as well as I didn’t recognize the shoulder patch on the soldier wearing it). I don’t collect modern stuff so I never focused on these much when you could find them.

Lee Bishop Formerly known as "Ratchet 5" with the 2nd Infantry Division (yes, in REAL life)

US WW2 War Correspondent collector

Link to post
Share on other sites

yeh as well as the camo prints CCU was produced in slate gray solid color. This was done to get the cut right without any confusion of camo getting in the way. They would have been Natick test sample sets maybe given to American Powers to see what the finished article should look like.

They were sold through ebay new and in human sizes ( large + med ) for $99 buy now the set. The seller had lots but they were D-Mill B so he wouldn't sell to non- US even living in the USA. thumbdown.gif

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 7 months later...

Hello everybody !

 

I have some CCU and CU in my house...but only in Desert camouflage ! I write an article about this uniform (in french) and find some picture of soldiers wearing them (more than 400 pictures), all in Iraq and USA (not in Afghanistan). The General Sanchez himself wears the Close Combat Uniform in 2004 (I have pictures of him wearing it during a ceremony in USA) !

 

Some of my pictures are in this link ;

 

http://picasaweb.google.com/militariabelgi...CUEXPERIMENTAL#

 

You can download pictures without problem. And if you have others, thanks to send them to me (militariabelgium@gmail.com) !

 

And my article is here : http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=...M2JlZGIzZTEzMTY

 

Sorry, this article is in french, but interesting because there's the list of all units that wears this experimental uniform during OIF and there's some high-size pictures. I have to do an update in the next weeks (for white pages to easy print and to add pictures). It miss the woodland camouflage because I can't find picture before, but now, I've a picture and I'll add in on my updated article. If I have some times more, I'll translate it in english !

 

I hope this helps.

 

regards,

 

P-E

"As you know, you go to war with the Army you have. They're not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time. You can have all the armor in the world on a tank and it can (still) be blown up..." - Donald Rumsfeld (Camp Buehring, KU - Dec. 8, 2004)

See my current collection of desert SSI HERE
See my current collection of Badges (ranks, qualification badges, Branch of Service - from WW2 to present) HERE
See my files in PDF on scribd.com HERE
See my collection of jackets HERE

Link to post
Share on other sites

Realy nice uniforms !

 

I've questions...

 

What's this camouflage ?

 

ccu.jpg

 

It's one picture from Natick lab. showing a Close Combat Uniform's design...but never see it before. I found these picture some years ago.

 

And for information, the "Urban tracks" camouflage was tested in others designs (sorry for bad quality of picture) :

 

Picture1.jpg

 

Picture2.jpg

 

The last soldier wears the Close Combat Uniform Jacket, but with another design of trousers in Urban Tracks Camouflage (with pads on knee).

"As you know, you go to war with the Army you have. They're not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time. You can have all the armor in the world on a tank and it can (still) be blown up..." - Donald Rumsfeld (Camp Buehring, KU - Dec. 8, 2004)

See my current collection of desert SSI HERE
See my current collection of Badges (ranks, qualification badges, Branch of Service - from WW2 to present) HERE
See my files in PDF on scribd.com HERE
See my collection of jackets HERE

Link to post
Share on other sites

The top one of a single figure is Urban Tracks in a woodland colourway, woodland tracks if you like. The front one in the group shot was called "brush" pattern I think...then we have skorpian (multicam), woodland tracks and urban tracks

 

Cant really see the bottom one well enough

 

 

Realy nice uniforms !

 

I've questions...

 

What's this camouflage ?

 

ccu.jpg

 

It's one picture from Natick lab. showing a Close Combat Uniform's design...but never see it before. I found these picture some years ago.

 

And for information, the "Urban tracks" camouflage was tested in others designs (sorry for bad quality of picture) :

 

Picture1.jpg

 

Picture2.jpg

 

The last soldier wears the Close Combat Uniform Jacket, but with another design of trousers in Urban Tracks Camouflage (with pads on knee).

Paul Bishop

----------------

 

http://www.modernforces.com

 

MACV-SOG Living History Group

 

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."

George Orwell

 

 

donation2013.gif

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 years later...

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.