it's not an either or kind of deal, that's like saying a fighter pilot is useless if his fancy targetting equipment fails, he's not useless he'll just be less effective since he has to use his own eyes
same goes for the digital map, if the pda breaks down, the soldier will switch to the old fashioned map and I'll get hopelessly lost just like my grandfather did everytime he looked at a map
the only problem I see is the added weight, I could bring months worth of coffee for a 10kg battery!
Unless I'm wrong the Marines used this camouflage for a short time before the introduction of the US style woodland camouflage.
This camouflage was also used for waterproof overclothing that was used in Libanon as far as I know. Not sure if those were issued to both Marines and Army though.
Your right, Lebanon troops used this camo in raincoats. KM stands for Koninklijke Marine (Royal Navy), so proberly this was some test camo for the Marines/ Navy. The colors are very simular to the DPM we use today. I once saw a T-shirt with this camo in a dumpstore years ago, and also with a KM mark. Also dated early in the '80's. My sergeant in the army also had a raincoat with this camo. He just said that in those day's some soldiers received these raincoats (and the UNIFIL troops ofcourse). I also saw a old poster in a building when I was in the army, with some a drawing of a soldier with a whole battle gear in this camo. If I can remember it corect, it was about how the army was gonna look in the 1990's...
BTW, the Marines used British gear before the where issued with US Woodland in 1994. Some kept even wearing it in 1998, when I met some Marines on the Army Technical School in Utrecht.
I've got some pics of the patria that was struck by an IED/AT mine this weekend. The wheel was blown off but not much damage to the vehicle itself by the looks of it. Luckily the 3 occupants received only mild injuries.