Wednesday, October 9, 2019

More on Camo

Without tryping to sound too silly, there is more to camouflage than meets the eye.

My previous post on HMCS Moncton's re created World War II vintage Admiralty Disruptive paint scheme brought out several interesting comments:

The pattern displayed on Moncton is "Admiralty Disruptive D-Day" , a scheme designed for inshore littoral use, likely to confuse shore batteries.

It differs noticeably from"Admiralty Disrputive Modified Western Approaches" as displayed on Sackville in Halifax and Haida in Hamilton, ON.

It is incorrect to use the term "dazzle" to describe all marine camouflage, as the world describes only one sub-set of disruptive paint, originally developed in World War I, but also used in World War II.

painting, Olympic with Returned Soldiers

Arthur Lismer's famous "Returning Soldiers 1919" showing RMS Olympic at Pier 2 in Halifax is an example of dazzle.

As I intimated before camouflage is a science and an art. For more on the topic see:

Little known fact: people who suffer from genetic colour blindness (men only) are not as deceived by camouflage as those with full spectrum vision.  My own father, who was blue green colour blind and served in the Royal Canadian Army from 1939 through to 1945 was often consulted by artillery men on the success of their efforts to conceal their field pieces with netting and leaf patterned tarps. My father, who apparently saw the world mostly in various shades of grey, was seldom fooled and as far as he was concerned they were wasting their time.

Marine camouflage however is quite different. As its name indicates it is intended to disrupt vision rather than hide objects, thus leading to misjudging size, distance or speed.

Last year at this time Sackville was "hidden in plain sight" on the synchrolift at HMC Dockyard. note paint schemes differ on port and starboard sides.


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