The camouflage for Boreal Taiga Forest started in 1984
This is the region covering Canada, Scandinavia, Baltic States, most of Alaska, and most of Russia.

Deustchland (Germany) 5 color Flecktarn developed in the late 1970's with starting to issue in the 1980's Woodland
Pattern Type Blob dots
The Warsaw Pact, being a 'purely defensive' organization, did not foresee engaging in conflicts outside of Europe, so all of the equipments developed by and for these armie were designed to function optimally in European terrain and conditions (temperate woodland, fields and grassland mostly). There were numerous patterns trialed in the '50s, yet all but a handful of Warsaw Pact armies ended up abandonning those designs, some in favor of the rain patterns, others went straight to green/brown monochrome. Meanwhile, NATO countries did the exact same thing, following the example set by the US, which did not adopt camo uniforms on a large scale until well after Vietnam. So in that sense, the rain camo was indeed a universal pattern, in that it was a universal shade, or a 2-D texture, rather than a conventional camo pattern.
The one notable exception is the Czech pattern, which looks like a thicker version of the Polish pattern under visible light, but actually hides a very effective splotchy pattern that is only visible to NIR viewing instruments.
Deszczyk pattern at right
Environment Woodland Pattern Type Strich and Made By Warsaw Pack
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