The Art of Concealment

Camouflage is not all it seems. When man first daubed himself in mud, dressing to fool the eye was the art of the hunter rather than of the prey. Its use in military defense, according to "Camouflage," an exhibition at London's Imperial War Museum until November, evolved as a result of the advent of long-range precision weaponry. Only in 1915, when the French army established a specialist camouflage unit, did the study of concealment, distortion and deception techniques begin. But it was art, not military science, that led the way. "Armies realized they could put artists' knowledge of form, perspective and...

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