Art: Camouflage, 1942

Headquarters for the development of U.S. camouflage is a group of neat, air-conditioned buildings in a pine forest at Fort Belvoir, Va. There experts train camouflage officers who are attached to practically every unit in the U.S. armed forces. Fort Belvoir picks its prospective camoufleurs from officer personnel, rates horse sense and a high I.Q. higher than previous training in art or even engineering. Continually besieged by well-meaning civilians who think they can contribute invaluable ideas or specialized backgrounds to army camouflage work, Fort Belvoir's officers have developed a healthy skepticism, finding that most people have many more misconceptions than good...

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