Naval Camouflage 1914-1945: A Complete Visual Reference

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Naval Institute Press, 2001 - Transportation - 256 pages
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This history of camouflage is undoubtedly the most comprehensive study of the subject to date. Visual and illustrative in its approach, it concentrates on the British and US Navies, but the camouflage patterns of enemy navies (and selected allies) are covered as well.
Contrary to popular belief, naval camouflage at sea was not intended to 'hide' ships, and an in-depth commentary explains the theory and development of visual deception, and the different ways in which it was intended to work at sea.
The core of the book is a listing of all the major patterns and schemes, with their colours, characteristics and function. Wherever possible each is illustrated with at least one photograph providing the reader with a visual reference as well as a description; where there were variations, as many as possible are depicted.
This is a subject of immense importance and significance for all those with an interest in the warships of the two World Wars - this comprehensive reference book is simply the best available.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Explanatory Notes
17
Admiralty Dazzle Painting
25
Brush Countershading System
37
Toch DisruptiveLow Visibility System
43
Fleet System
50
Submarine Camouflage Schemes
57
Section
72
US Navy Measure 13Haze Grey System
156
Disruption and Dazzle Designsa Divergence
158
US Navy Measure 17Dazzle System
166
US Navy Measure 23Light Grey System
173
US Navy Measure 32Medium Pattern System
180
US Navy Measure 33Light Pattern System
191
US Navy PT Boat Schemes
198
Camouflage Schemes of Other Allies
204

Western Approaches Scheme
78
Mountbatten Pink
84
US Camouflage Schemes
136
US Navy Measure 9Black System
143
US Navy Measure 12Graded System Modified
149
German Camouflage Schemes
211
Italian Camouflage Schemes
219
Location of Camouflage Design Drawings
248
Index
254
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DAVID WILLIAMS is the Price Waterhouse Professor of International Business Taxation at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.

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