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World War II Tactical Camouflage Techniques

World War II Tactical Camouflage Techniques Book Review

By Rachel E. Veres

Date of Review April 2013 Title World War II Tactical Camouflage Techniques
Author Gordon L. Rottman Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2013 ISBN 9781780962740
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.

Decidedly recommended.

My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!