Soldiers Wear Camouflage (Jul, 1939)

That is some pretty amazing camouflage there. Why, I almost mistook them for trees. Trees with binoculars and handguns….

Soldiers Wear Camouflage
The men in the above picture are not inhavitants of Mars. They are only British soldiers, wearing camouflage in their helmets during a mimic battle.

  1. Marcus Shiffler says: February 14, 20067:42 am

    You see, this is why science is important. Because magic suggests to people that if they paste something on their head or carry an amulet, they will be invisible.

    Science tells us that if we carry around lights and make loud noises and don’t look like trees, we will not be invisible, even if we’re muttering, “I’m a tree, you don’t see me” while walking down a street in DC.

    Science, and intellect, has made these men realize that red jackets are not “fashionable” in war unless you’re fighting somewhere that is very RED. But this is the distant past, putting sticks on your head will not make you invisible.

    As an aside, in basic training, there is a brief course in camoflauging yourself. I camoflauge well, despite being 6’2″ 185lbs. However, I always noticed that the shortest people, without fail, camoflauged themselves with the absolutely tallest crap. They’re crawling through low grass, and you can see the long sticks and tall plants they stuck through their LBE wherever they go.

    It was mystifying. Idiotic. Other people did stuff that was clearly non-camoflauging, that made them stand out. It was unfortunate, that it was impossible to actually fail that brief course, but some people should have, on the basis of “common sense.”

    At least drill sergeants were joyful to explain to those who couldn’t figure out how to blend with their surroundings the failures that were often VERY apparent to everyone else.

  2. Charlie says: February 14, 200610:22 am

    I don’t know what you’re talking about. You mean there are actually people in that picture? I thought it was just foliage….

    Oh wait!!! I see them. Damn, that’s harder than one of those stereograms where you have to cross your eyes and pray to the blurred Jesus so that you may see the light, or in most cases, the schooner.

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  4. Minnaloushe says: February 21, 200712:58 pm

    Well, wearing Red actually DOES make sense, since they’re from MARS! Oh, wait, that’s right – they are NOT from Mars, its just LOOKS like they are because they have some sticks and foliage on their hats – just like the Martians do!

  5. JMS says: September 13, 20071:18 am

    Actually this is not useless while it may seem funny while they are standing. Modern Finnish Army (and I should think other armies too) regulations still tell to do exactly the same. The point is that while laying in the ground between understorey vegetation, it is relatively easy for enemy to spot the clear borders of the helmet. Thus it is recommended to attach some brances/twigs to your helmet to break the shape of it.

  6. mr.beaver says: September 29, 200712:55 am

    putting some twigs on your helmet is a requirement in the battlefield for most army. (as far as I know)

    The real punch line is “The men in the above picture are not inhavitants of Mars” I have never been to mars but is there twigs on mars?

  7. Leroy Jenkins says: March 16, 20083:10 am

    I think those are fractal designed antennas. For you know… communicating. Which begs the question… why does the guy in back have his pistol drawn. A tap on the shoulder should suffice at these ranges.

  8. huh says: July 14, 20085:59 am

    Soldiers wear camoflauge? SHOCKING

    What will they do next? Hide in bushes?

    Wow, those guys are pretty savvy.

  9. mike says: December 7, 20083:05 am

    Sergent Withers, aim four inches below the Christmas twigs and we will be home by Easter!

  10. Denis says: February 17, 20098:40 am

    the soldier has his gun drawn because he cant see the other soldier in the picture clearly (due to camouflage) and is ready to shoot once he sees the whites of the eyes.(also obscured by camouflage binoculars, which have twigs stuck inside the lenses to make them harder to detect.
    These are indeed clever and dangerous people

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