Colors Of Concealment: Military Camouflage

Colors Of Concealment: Military Camouflage


Camouflage is a method of cryptic or concealing coloration that allows an otherwise visible organism or object to remain indiscernible from the surrounding environment through deception. Nineteenth century armies tended to use bright colors and bold, impressive designs. These were intended to daunt the enemy, attract recruits, foster unit cohesion, or allow easier identification of units in the fog of war.

It wasn’t until the 18th century that the intent of camouflage started to disrupt an
outline by merging it with the surroundings, making a harder target to spot or hit.
Different countries have undergone different evolutionary stages towards the
development of military camouflage.

Here is an assortment of camouflage from around the world, chosen for their unusual patterns or colors.

belgium_fleck_pattern.jpg
Belgian Fleck
Fleck pattern used by the Belgian Army
bulgaria_dpm_pattern.jpg
Bulgarian DPM
DPM pattern used by the Bulgarian troops deployed to SFOR (Bosnia) and KFOR (Kosovo)
cssr_leibermuster_pattern.jpg
Leibermuster
CSSR Leibermuster pattern used by Czechoslovakian airborne troops and special forces during the 1960’s
denmark_t78_pattern.jpg
Denmark T78
Denmark T78 pattern introduced in Denmark in 1978 for tests.
na_lizard_pattern.jpg
N.A. Lizard
Lizard pattern used by troops of the Northern Alliance who fought the Taliban regime in Afghanistan
namibia_lizzard_pattern.jpg
Namibia Lizard
Lizard pattern from Namibia
korea_mil_academy_pattern.jpg
Korean Academy
S. Korean Military Academy pattern worn during Military Training classes in South Korean high schools during the 1970’s and 80’s
hungary_coverall_pattern.jpg
Hungarian Coverall
Coverall pattern used by the Hungarian army and Border Guards (Ministry of Interior)
czech_desert_pattern.jpg
Czech Desert
Czech desert pattern
china_marines_oceancamo_pattern.jpg
China Ocean
Ocean Camo pattern used by the Chinese Marines and Navy

benin_airborne_pattern.jpg
Benin Airborne
Airborne pattern used by the airborne troops of Benin
indonesia_ampg_pattern.jpg
Indonesian AMPG
Indonesian ampg pattern used by members of the youth wing of the Golkar Party
malaysia_kn_pattern.jpg
Malaysian KN
Malaysian kn pattern used by conscripts serving in the National Service (Khidmat Negara)
libya_africa_corps_pattern.jpg
Libyan AC
Libyan Africa Corps pattern possibly use by the “Africa Corps” of Colonel Qaddafi of Libya
jorden_digital_customs_pattern.jpg
Jordanian Customs
Jordan digital customs pattern used by the Jordanian Royal Navy service
indonesia_kopassus_pattern.jpg
Blood Vine
Indonesian kopassus pattern, often called “blood vine”
philippines_psg_pattern.jpg
Philippine psg
Philippine psg pattern used by the Presidential Security Group
taiwan_tigerstripe_pattern.jpg
Taiwan Tiger Stripe
Tigerstripe pattern used by the Taiwanese Marine Corps
usa_desertnightcamouflage_pattern.jpg
Desert Night
U.S. Desert Night Camouflage pattern, developed to be hard to see in older generation night vision devices (hence the mesh pattern that would interfere with the square dots used by night vision devices)
oman_red_desert_pattern.jpg
Red Desert
Red Desert pattern used by Omani Armed Forces
hungary_jacket_pattern.jpg
Hungarian Jacket
Hungarian jacket pattern used by the Hungarian Workers Militia (part of the Communist Party).
cuba_elm_leaf_pattern.jpg
Cuban Elm
Elm Leaf pattern used by Cuban forces - for example during their involvement in Africa
usa_navy_digital_exp_pattern.jpg
USN Digital
U.S. Navy digital experimental pattern. A number of camouflage patterns etc. were tested by the US Navy.

Source: Wikipedia

Thanks again to our guest author Chris for putting together another great post. Check out his site CARDGAZER and the original post here.


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wingedvictory

Wow! I never thought that different countries have different military patterns. Thanks for this! Very cool :)

glalalamour

Haha! Malaysian National Service is up there too. My roomie would be proud.

Romouz

this is one awesome post that i really enjoyed!

fazai38

Cool !!! lovely collections..

consonant

Cool! Nice to see all of them together.

dotondot

i like the Cuban Elm pattern. I saw a camouflage exhibit in London last year. It is a fascinating topic and is linked to the Cubist art movement, as many camouflage designers during WWI showed this influence in their design concepts.

Darinka

super cool!!! love it!!! =)

Camokenny

Hello, I am a camouflage uniform collector from Taiwan, I am very curious about how you anaylsis the color? if any one love trade or sell, please let me know, thank you!!

rothco

you have such a nice collection of camouflage patterns.

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