|Modern Day A.C.U Digital Camouflage|
It's this blogs namesake, a fashion statement but most important, Camouflage is one of the most essential components of modern military combat. So what's the story behind this stealthy combat art form?
Well, to my surprise the history of camouflage in combat goes way back to the 17th century and I am sure it probably goes back even further to the early stages of man who would use his surroundings to hide and hunt for prey. But for historical purposes, the gamekeepers from the Untied Kingdom seem to be one of the first to adopted drab colors to blend(camouflage) into their environment during a time of war.
|Depiction of Rifleman of the 95th, |
in 1815 from wikipedi
|World War I Helmet w/ Camo Pattern applied|
Would you believe that modern day khaki colored uniforms date back to British troops in 1857 in India? British soldiers starting dying their white drill uniforms with mud, colored inks and even morning breakfast beverages like coffee and tea, in order to blend into the brown terrain of India. These dye methods resulted in colors that ranged from grey to a light brown and by 1885 these brown and tan colors otherwise known as khaki became standard uniform for the British Indian Army troops stationed in India and even Africa. This "khaki" trend was then soon adopted by the United States during the civil war when rifle units opted out of their green jackets and also countries like Germany, Portugal and Italy started to use colored uniforms to match their surroundings.
|A page from inside Abbot's Book - talk about|
In Camobloge's next post on the history of Camouflage, I will delve into Camouflage during the Twentieth Century and how it evolved through the different wars. Who knew there was so much history behind the subject of Camouflage.
Kristy Dineen @Rothco
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