Whammo Camo

I know you want to read about the evolution of camouflage in Popular Mechanics, like the below Razzle Dazzle Camo from an unknown Navy:

Razzle Dazzle Camo

14 thoughts on “Whammo Camo

  1. Come on Yanks… get a grip…

    The American artist Abbott Handerson Thayer (August 12, 1849 – May 29, 1921) is sometimes referred to as the “father of camouflage”.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbott_Handerson_Thayer

    Such design was used to great effect in the first war by the Admiralty of the Royal Navy, it created deception against German U boats as well as the surface fleet.

    Thayer was also a fantastic painter and artist.

    Yours Aye.

    • I was familiar with Thayer before, but I was not aware of his great work on camo. Good to see he was such a great patriot.

  2. The Brits experimented with a gawdawful pink camouflage (Mountbatten Pink) back in WW II. Turns out it really works great at night. They had pink ships and pink vehicles, the whole nine yards.

    War manufacturing turned to churning this stuff out by the ton for two years or so before it was given up for “Battleship Grey” because, seriously…pink?
    It took that long before someone realized that it didn’t work so hot during the daytime?

    Anyway, tons of this stuff was dumped on the open market for dirt cheap. People found out it was a very sturdy paint that would seal up leaks and cracks, and hold up to virtually any weather.
    That’s why, to this day, there are houses painted pink all over the British coutryside.

  3. ND: Really? Arggh. I am in the process of buying more uniforms.
    MSgt: Wow, pink camo. First heard for me. I’ve seen pink, marine sealant. But not camo.

  4. Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten RN, developed the concept ‘Mountbatten’ pink, which was more of a lavender/mauve grey colour as opposed to outlandish pink.

    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=mountbatten%20pink%20naval%20camouflage%20pigment&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCIQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FMountbatten_pink&ei=q8inUJzpEZCY1AXghYDoBA&usg=AFQjCNH6dqTCpL2EFki7jo94WRUfoFUs6w

    His theory worked well for coastal water shipping, but for the heavy fleet at sea in the Atlantic it only assisted camouflage in the twilight hours, which in theory was when the U boats were more prolific in their hunting. On a very bright Atlantic day it proved to be an optical point of interest to the German fleet and their spotter aircraft.
    Normal service resumed for the RN after battle ship grey was reintroduced.

    To this day there are certain British Army regiments that still retain a mauve coloured ‘wooly-pully’ for winter dress that is a throw back to tradition from active service through the desert war campaign of WWII.

    I have also seen ‘Jocks in frocks’ (Scot’s Regiments in kilts) with the same colour present, though it may have represented Scottish heather from the highlands.

    In the 50’s onwards, the SAS & SBS trained and conducted military operations in the deserts of Oman. Their desert land rovers were painted ‘pink’; it proved effective as natural camouflage as it threw less shadow around itself.
    The stripped down ‘pinkie’ was festooned with weapons. 4 x GPMG’s. (Even the driver had one fitted to the door pillar). In addition it also carried a rear mounted 30mm browning as well as 66mm anti tank rockets and an 84mm Charles Gustav anti tank gun.

    Only when a photograph of such a vehicle was produced would the ‘pink’ stand out as garish. This is due to the developing process washing silver halide salt away from 35/120 mm film.
    When activation takes place, pink falls within the spectrum of red thus creating a stronger image on the ‘positive film’, which in turn is turned into a ‘negative film’ for use in creating images on print paper.

    (You can see the same effect by enhancing a digitally formed photograph by altering the tint/colour etc).

    When using the ‘mark 1 eyeball’ the vehicles did actually blend into the desert environment, the colour scheme was used to great success for many years.

    http://www.eliteukforces.info/images/gallery/vehicles/sas-pink-panther-hires.jpg

    Today country homes are pink due to a past historical building process.

    (Through WWII I have no doubt that some surplus paint may well have entered into the civilian [black] market. However such paint used heavy lead as its base component and as such the military would have used any surplus by mixing and blending with other colours for military use).

    Lead was valuable as a war time product, it was classed as a major component for the war effort, and as such it was deemed as a licensed precious metal.

    One of the main reasons for pink homes is explained below.
    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=why%20are%20there%20pink%20homes%20in%20the%20uk&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&ved=0CDMQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnorfolkcoast.co.uk%2Fcuriosities%2Fcu_suffolkhouse.htm&ei=hcynUOC0H6m90QWLi4GYBQ&usg=AFQjCNFyUD4BHIcn2_eS7eMT5V5Ax9nbHw

    Yours Aye.

    • That brings to mind another of my more favorite excursions into Hollywood movie fantasy, even though you might think it a bit off target…and a former British citizen star who chose to become an American…I’m not positive about the premise of the movie and perhaps you Ex Bootneck would be more familiar with the particulars…and it’s that silly pink submarine movie, with Cary Grant called, ‘Operation Petticoat’ here in the States…I think it came out in 1959…and believe me I would love to find out about it…but a Bosun’s Mate I was stationed with in Panama informed me he had seen this submarine…and it was pink…I had heard it had sunk during WWII …so any manufactured myth about it was really hyped …k

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