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The Origins of Military Camouflage: Unveiling History from WWI

August 26, 2023

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A century ago, in 1915, the French army pioneered a revolutionary strategy during the First World War by introducing camouflage. This marked the inception of a dedicated camouflage unit, charged with the covert tasks of concealment, espionage, and enemy assault.

Initially, the focus of camouflage was directed towards weaponry and vehicles, with its application on regular soldiers being limited. Intriguingly, the term ‘camouflage’ derives from the French verb meaning ‘to make up for the stage.’ This novel approach swiftly caught on across the globe. Just a year later, in emulation of this technique, the British army incorporated it into their operations under the guidance of Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Wyatt.

Source: Need To Know Facts

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