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Fieldcraft Training Personal Camouflage and Concealment
You must know how to camouflage and conceal yourself and your equipment or you will be easily seen. The colour of your hands, neck and face and the shape, surface and silhouette of your bergan & webbing, must not contrast with their backgrounds.
To avoid this you must: Apply camouflage cream, mud or burnt cork to your face, neck and hands. Put on more for night operations than for day operations. String & elastic can be tied on your bergan, use it to hold foliage, etc. to break up the bergans outline.
Too little Just right Too much When applying camouflage cream, remember to put on just enough. Putting on too much or too little is to be avoided.
You should look round or through cover, rather than over it; if it is necessary to look over it, try not to break a straight line. July 21, :00:00 - Source: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Avoid skylines Photographer: Cpl Paul Morrison RLC Image jpg from
Make sure your camouflage matches your background.
Use shadow, and remember that when in the sun, your own shadow is very conspicuous, and that shadows move with the sun.
Avoid isolated cover; the enemy is likely to watch it, and it is easy to give a fire control order on to it. CC photo courtesy of Skoeber (Flickr)
Do not be seen going into or leaving cover. Move stealthily and quietly. There are 6 things to remember about camouflage and concealment: Shape: The human body is an odd shape in nature that we are ‘programmed’ to recognise, therefore it’s shape needs breaking up, with natural foliage to disguise it’s usual outline as well as that of your webbing etc. Surface: The surface of you and your equipment needs certain measures to make it blend in with your surroundings. Also make sure you have nothing shiny or reflective, which will quickly give your position away. Shadow: Friend and foe, in Close Quarter Battle, with the sun behind you, your shadow may be cast past the corner of a wall alerting any enemy to your presence. Shadows should be used to their full potential, staying in them as much as possible is a great tactic.
Silhouette: Think of the band of brothers DVD cover. This shows how much you would stand out against the sky line either at night or day. Avoid crests and hilltops and avoid a silhouette. Spacing: An obvious one, keep as spread out as possible to prevent the section all being taken out in one go by effective enemy fire. Movement: Movement draws the eye. When you give arm- and-hand signals or walk about your position, your movement can be seen by the naked eye even at long ranges. In defence, stay low, still and move only when necessary. In attack, ideally move only on covered and concealed routes.