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Camouflage for the patriot

Camouflage for the patriot

  1. 1. Maggot’s Camouflage for the Patriot For educational purposes only Images remain the property of their respective owners, used with and without permission
  2. 2. What is “Camouflage”? <ul><li>The use of natural or artificial material on personnel, objects, or tactical positions with the aim of confusing, misleading, or evading the enemy. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Concealment by some means that alters or obscures the appearance” </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the difference between cover and concealment : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cover: Shelter or protection, either natural or artificial (I can’t hit you) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concealment: The protection from observation and surveillance (I can’t see you) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is “Camouflage”? <ul><li>The goal of camouflage is NOT to look like something else (tree, rock, dirt, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>The goal of camouflage is to look like NOTHING </li></ul><ul><li>Break up outline and blend into background or foreground </li></ul>
  4. 4. How to Avoid Being Seen <ul><li>More than just camouflage! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Color </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contrast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Background (and foreground) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Texture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Movement </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Remember the “five S’s” Keeping these five things in mind will help you stay hidden, and serve as target indicators when looking for enemies.
  6. 6. Shape Avoid unnatural shapes
  7. 7. Shadow Stay in shadows, avoid casting them
  8. 8. Shine Cover exposed skin
  9. 9. Silhouette Avoid skylines
  10. 10. Spacing Equal spaces = manmade
  11. 11. More rules of thumb <ul><li>Avoid movement; If you must move, move slowly </li></ul><ul><li>Always stay in shadows </li></ul><ul><li>A complete set of same camo pattern is generally better than mix-n-match </li></ul><ul><li>Augment uniform with natural vegetation </li></ul><ul><li>Camouflage is more effective at greater distances </li></ul><ul><li>It is almost always better to be too dark than too light! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Light vs. Dark Find the darkest and the lightest points in view; human eyes pick up lighter colors faster.
  13. 13. Light vs. Dark Find the darkest and the lightest points in view; human eyes pick up lighter colors faster.
  14. 14. Light vs. Dark There are pigs in a distant field in the center of this photo. How many pigs do you notice?
  15. 15. 1, 2, 3, 4
  16. 16. Choosing a camouflage pattern <ul><li>Consider AO </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dominant colors? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How will colors change when moving within AO? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distance of probable contact? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consider OPFOR and friendlies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are they wearing? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Patriot considerations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is available and for how much? </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Popular Camouflage Patterns for Patriots (In no particular order)
  18. 18. ACU
  19. 19. ACU <ul><li>Current US Army camouflage pattern </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to be a universal camouflage pattern </li></ul><ul><li>Highly criticized for being too lightly colored </li></ul><ul><li>Works well against light backgrounds/ foregrounds, but poorly elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>Resistant to night-vision </li></ul>
  20. 20. ACU
  21. 21. ACU
  22. 22. ACU
  23. 23. Commercial Camouflage Pictured: Realtree Advantage Timber
  24. 24. Commercial Camouflage <ul><li>Popular with hunters, widely available </li></ul><ul><li>Modern offerings focus on complicated photo-real patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Overly-complex patterns tend to blend into one blob at a distance </li></ul><ul><li>Tends to be less durable than military clothing </li></ul><ul><li>People see “hunters” not “militia” </li></ul>
  25. 25. Commercial Camouflage
  26. 26. Commercial Camouflage
  27. 27. Marpat
  28. 28. Marpat <ul><li>Current USMC camouflage pattern </li></ul><ul><li>Comes in both woodland and desert versions </li></ul><ul><li>Similar to original woodland pattern, but more abstract and less black in pattern </li></ul><ul><li>Resistant to night-vision </li></ul>
  29. 29. Marpat
  30. 30. Marpat
  31. 31. Woodland
  32. 32. Woodland <ul><li>Designed during cold war for combat in Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Cheap and widely available </li></ul><ul><li>Effective in many environments </li></ul><ul><li>Effective in urban environments when inside-out </li></ul><ul><li>Often criticized for too much black </li></ul><ul><li>Resistant to night-vision </li></ul>
  33. 33. Woodland
  34. 34. Woodland
  35. 35. Tigerstripe
  36. 36. Tigerstripe <ul><li>Designed for jungle warfare, despite having the wrong polarization (stripes should be vertical to be more effective) </li></ul><ul><li>Because of that, can cause you to stand out rather than hide </li></ul><ul><li>Arguably the “coolest” camo pattern, but not very effective in most situations </li></ul>
  37. 37. Tigerstripe
  38. 38. Desert Camo
  39. 39. Desert Camo <ul><li>Older six-colored (“chocolate chip”) Desert Storm era camo was replaced by 3-color </li></ul><ul><li>Chocolate chip does better with dark rocky landscape, tri-color works well with barren desert </li></ul><ul><li>May work for parts of western NE with light-colored prairies </li></ul>
  40. 40. Desert Night Camo
  41. 41. Desert Night Camo <ul><li>Designed as a throw-over for nights during Desert Storm </li></ul><ul><li>Six-color desert camo glows under night vision </li></ul><ul><li>Defeat early generation Soviet night-vision that Iraqis had </li></ul><ul><li>Currently not very useful due to advances in night-vision capabilities and limited value as a camo pattern </li></ul>
  42. 42. Multicam
  43. 43. Multicam <ul><li>Hot new camo pattern in civilian market with some military users (some US and foreign special forces) </li></ul><ul><li>Designed as and claimed to be a universal pattern </li></ul><ul><li>Works very well on light backgrounds, less so against dark backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>Expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Resistant to night-vision </li></ul>
  44. 44. Multicam
  45. 45. Ghillie Suit
  46. 46. Ghillie Suit <ul><li>3-D material breaks up outline and surface </li></ul><ul><li>Commonly employed by sniper teams </li></ul><ul><li>Misconception about mystical powers of making user invisible </li></ul><ul><li>Hot, heavy, and potential fire hazard </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial suits are very different from military style, not as durable </li></ul>
  47. 47. Ghillie Suit
  48. 48. Ghillie Suit
  49. 49. Foreign Military Camouflage May not be the best choice for American patriots, but some are widely available and cheap. Also, know your enemy.
  50. 50. Cadpat
  51. 51. Cadpat <ul><li>Current Canadian military uniform </li></ul><ul><li>Similar digital pattern to Marpat, but more green than brown </li></ul><ul><li>Less available in this country than other offerings </li></ul><ul><li>Resistant to night-vision </li></ul>
  52. 52. Swiss Army Camo (“Alpenflage”)
  53. 53. Swiss Army Camo (“Alpenflage”) <ul><li>Very cheap, widely available </li></ul><ul><li>Not popular due to color combinations </li></ul><ul><li>More effective than it would first appear, particularly at a distance </li></ul><ul><li>Red is actually a common color hue in Nebraska grasses </li></ul>
  54. 54. Swiss Army Camo (“Alpenflage”)
  55. 55. Swiss Army Camo (“Alpenflage”)
  56. 56. DPM
  57. 57. DPM <ul><li>“ Disruptive Pattern Material” </li></ul><ul><li>Developed by British military, used by many nations </li></ul><ul><li>Widely available as surplus </li></ul><ul><li>Good pattern, similar to woodland </li></ul>
  58. 58. DPM
  59. 59. Flecktarn
  60. 60. Flecktarn <ul><li>Adaptation of German WWII camo </li></ul><ul><li>Uses random dots instead of modern “pixels”, to the same effect </li></ul><ul><li>Tends to meld into dark blobs at a distance </li></ul><ul><li>Widely available as surplus, very affordable </li></ul>
  61. 61. Flecktarn
  62. 62. Solid Colors Solid colors attract less attention with the “sheeple”, allowing the patriot to blend in with the public
  63. 63. Olive Drab
  64. 64. Olive Drab <ul><li>OD Green </li></ul><ul><li>Viet Nam era uniform color, very common color for military equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Civilian color “loden” </li></ul><ul><li>Good color by itself, better if broken up with spray paint, etc. </li></ul>
  65. 65. Tan
  66. 66. Tan <ul><li>Khaki </li></ul><ul><li>WWII era uniform color for several countries </li></ul><ul><li>Blends well with light colored foregrounds and backgrounds </li></ul>
  67. 67. Tan
  68. 68. Black
  69. 69. Black <ul><li>One of the worst colors you can wear </li></ul><ul><li>Highlights outline of body instead of breaking it up </li></ul><ul><li>Not good for nighttime use, as it will always be darker than ambient shades; if it isn’t, you could be wearing neon yellow and no one could tell the difference! </li></ul><ul><li>Contrary to popular belief, black does occur in nature </li></ul>
  70. 70. Black
  71. 71. Gray
  72. 72. Gray <ul><li>Good color for dawn/dusk operations </li></ul><ul><li>Like OD, better if broken up rather than solid </li></ul><ul><li>May blend well with urban areas </li></ul>
  73. 73. Applying face paint
  74. 74. Face Paint <ul><li>Using complimentary colors to your camouflage, conceal face, neck, ears, hands, and other exposed skin </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight recessed features with light colors, darken protruding features with dark colors </li></ul><ul><li>Either use stripes, blotches, or combination of the two </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid symmetry- if it looks like a face, you screwed up </li></ul>
  75. 75. Comparing various camouflage patterns The following are comparison photos from various internet sources. Keep in mind there is no such thing as a “universal” camouflage pattern.
  76. 77. Notice: effects of background color, foreground concealment, and shine from exposed skin
  77. 78. Three men…
  78. 79. Multicam, woodland, ACU Which did you notice first, and why?
  79. 80. Six men…
  80. 81. Multicam, Flecktarn, Woodland, ACU, Desert, Marpat Which did you notice last, and why?
  81. 82. Light background vs. Dark background
  82. 83. Distance is your friend!
  83. 84. Distance is your friend!
  84. 85. Distance is your friend!
  85. 86. Things to keep in mind <ul><li>You will never be invisible </li></ul><ul><li>Camouflaged clothing and gear can help you remain hidden, but isn’t perfect </li></ul><ul><li>Remain vigilant: spot the enemy before they spot you </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize cover and concealment to your advantage </li></ul>
  86. 87. Always act as if under surveillance
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