Effective camo-craft is all about sensory defeat. It is not just a visual endeavor, though the visual aspect is the one most often considered. All of your opponent’s senses must be considered, as must your operational environment.
That is why Greenside Training conducts its CAMO CRAFT classes across the country.
If you look at the word camouflage in the dictionary you’ll find it is both a noun and a verb. In its real-life application, camouflage is something you do, not just something you wear…though what you wear may certainly be a part of it.
A camouflage pattern, so often worn as uniform cammies, is not by itself effective camouflage. Almost anything can be camo if you wear it in the right place – just as a broken analog watch is right twice per day. As you can see in the subway image above, the trick is knowing when and where to wear it – and how to defeat the enemy’s other four senses.
“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” Rudyard Kipling
Camo-craft is a vital skill, but not the only one. Nor is it one that can be utilized unsupported by other tradecraft, particularly in a tactical environment.
“Only man has the God-like power to make his surroundings change to fit him. His environment will change as he changes. Man’s environment is a merciless mirror of him as a human being.” Earl Nightingale
Vehicle Camouflage: Tanks, AFVs, Etc.
The following images depict camouflaged Russian military vehicles operating in Ukraine.