World War II Tactical Camouflage Techniques Book Review
|Date of Review||April 2013||Title||World War II Tactical Camouflage Techniques|
|Author||Gordon L. Rottman||Publisher||Osprey Publishing|
|Format||64 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$18.95|
In Osprey's World War II Tactical Camouflage Techniques, author Gordon L. Rottman explains the various materials and techniques adopted by Army tactical units.
Rottman begins his narrative with a short introduction recapping how sophisticated weaponry necessitated developing camouflage practices after World War I.
Subsequent segments on specific camouflage resources and methods dominate this handy reference. Here, the author covers essentials of US, British, German and Soviet practices – from the individual soldier to artillery emplacements in the European and Mediterranean theaters of operation.
Over 40 historical photographs and artwork by Peter Dennis complement the Rottman's text. One drawing and supporting text proved sadly funny. An RAF Nissen hut on pg 57 demonstrates poorly planned camouflage application, whitewashed rocks signaling the building's alignment. Yet another depressing example, sad to say, of military genius.
A list of further readings and index conclude this fine Osprey volume.
My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!