New York State Archives, NYSA_A3166-78_B1_F18_HedgeTank
Lieutenant McGuire's tank "Judge Jeffrey" of the 10th Tank Battalion camouflaged in a hedge near Bihcourt, Somme, France, March 24, 1918.
What is the purpose of camouflage?
How does camouflage work?
For what two purposes might the military use camouflage?
Why did most armies use bright colors for uniforms before the early 1900s?
Science: Militaries use camouflage in the same ways that several organisms do: hiding from danger or to have the advantage of surprise within their environments. Search in books or online for two organisms that use camouflage for different purposes and share with the class.
Technology: The technology of camouflage is constantly evolving. Research and discuss emergent technologies such as adaptive camouflage.
Math: Designers of camouflage take many factors into account when making a pattern. Pick a specific geographic area of any country. What shapes, colors, and proportions of colors might you use to blend in in that area? Could this pattern and blend be used in other areas?
Hartcup, Guy. Camouflage: A History of Concealment and Deception in War. Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England: Pen & Sword Military, 2008.
Newark, Tim. Brassey’s Book of Camouflage. London: Conway, 2009.