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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Evolution of Camouflage

Evolution of Camouflage

Barre Army Navy Store continues to find Camouflage and it's evolution interesting.

The lady in the article Hannah Rose Shell has written a book about the evolution of camouflage http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/3q-hanna-rose-shell-camouflage-0510.html. The basic premise is that men and women have been hiding from one another since the beginning of time.  I've purchased this book just for my own reading.

Camouflage has become main stream in military and hunting circles for a wide spectrum of camo see Barre Army Navy Store's army navy clothing section http://shop.vtarmynavy.com/army-navy-clothing-c630.aspx


 A couple of thoughts come to mind. First technology has increased the rate of change of all things exponentially has it done the same to camouflage? Second a lot of old timers here used to hunt in green or just whatever they were wearing with great success. Has the camouflage become a crutch for poorer techniques of hunting and military tactics?





1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely It has become far too relied upon.
Two historical points- the Ghillies of Scotland were pre-industrial age and had no access to military or commercial camoflage. They made their own gear and utilized texture, color, and disguise of the human shape to melt into the environment.

Second, practioners of Ninjitsu in the Sengoku jidai period did much the same. And with no access to any type of modern camoflage, became legendary for their stealth and ability to move unseen.

Camoflage is useful without question, but an untrained, undisiciplined individual decked out in multi-cam everything is still just a bullet magnet.......
Brilliance in the basics is where its at.