Camouflage
(373 words)

Camouflage

Measures undertaken to prevent, or at least to hamper the detection and identification of targets by merging their visual appearance as closely as possible with the surrounding terrain.

With the rapid development of aerial reconnaissance during the First World War the use of camouflage came to be of vital importance. Key weapons systems and facilities whose loss would cripple the army, such as heavy artillery and supply depots, needed to be hidden from enemy air and artillery bombardment. Thus, efforts were made …

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Brandt, Susanne, “Camouflage”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 30 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0102>
First published online: 2015



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