Camouflage Netting and the Art of Concealment

Camouflage is essentially the art of concealment. Traditionally it has been used in military and warfare. Let’s look at some of the basics of camouflage.

Historic Uses of Camo Nets

Virtually every indigenous tribe in the world has used some form of concealment during wars and conflicts. In its very simplest form, objects from the surrounding environment are applied to the body and clothing. The American Indian may have used sticks, feathers, and various grasses to conceal themselves.

The basic idea behind camouflage is the BLISS principle: Blend in, Low silhouette, Irregular shape, Surface and Shine. Soldiers are taught to use the local surrounding vegetation and materials when trying to blend in. Additionally, an individual wouldn’t want to “skyline” themselves; for example walking along a ridgeline. Break up the recognizable shape of a human or piece of equipment, such as a rifle. Pieces of burlap may be tied on to the clothing or equipment to make an improvised “ghillie suit” (sniper’s outfit). Soldiers and hunters will prevent surface shine by applying dark colors to their face and hands.

Camouflage netting is used to conceal large objects, such as vehicles or a campsite. This concealment material was used during the American Civil War to conceal cannons and other munitions from enemy view. Camouflage netting was used extensively by American and Japanese forces in the Pacific theatre of World War II. Hitler’s top generals, such as Rommel, the “Desert Fox”, also utilized camo netting in the North African desert. Enemy aircraft had a difficult time trying to spot the Nazi forces.

Modern Uses of Camouflage Netting

In more modern times, camouflage netting is used extensively by hunters. Duck hunters especially like to use camouflage material to create “blinds”. This helps the hunters to stay hidden from the keen eyes of the ducks.
Camouflage material today comes in many colors, materials, and sizes. Some netting is made from a rubberized material. This prolongs the life of the camo material. Other camouflage netting may be made of burlap. There are different color configurations to choose from, depending on your particular environment (woodland, desert, swamp, even snow white!).

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