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World War II Tactical Camouflage Techniques


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The basic principles /Camouflage techniques: positioning and terrain integration - light conditions /Camouflaging the soldier: face and hands - uniforms - personal equipment and weapons /Fighting positions: expedient materials - field camouflage items - netting /Camouflage painting of vehicles - artillery - equipment - facilities /Camouflaging and concealment of assembly areas and routes /Examples of ineffective camouflage /Use of dummy and decoy equipment and positions /Bibliography /Index

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Featuring meticulous full-color artwork and specially selected period photographs, this absorbing study casts new light on the tactical camouflaging techniques developed by the US, British, Soviet, and German armies fighting in Europe during World War II.

About the Author

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol, and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He is the author of numerous WWII titles for Osprey.


"In OSPREY's World War II Tactical Camouflage Techniques, author Gordon L. Rottman explains the various materials and techniques adopted by Army tactical units. Rottman begins his narrative with a short introduction recapping how sophisticated weaponry necessitated developing camouflage practices after World War I. Subsequent segments on specific camouflage resources and methods dominate this handy reference. Here, the author covers essentials of US, British, German and Soviet practices - from the individual soldier to artillery emplacements in the European and Mediterranean theaters of operation." --Rachel E. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com (April 2013)..".pairs vintage black and white photos with color illustrations by Peter Dennis in the course of exploring military camouflage history. Detailed artwork and history considers US, British, German and Soviet practices, and offers a fine focus on camouflage techniques and their evolution." --The Midwest Book Review (May 2013)

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