The story behind China’s ‘Minecraft’ military camo

22 08 2016

Invented by a US Army officer in the 1970s, ‘digital camouflage’ is pixelating the modern war machine.

By Jack Stewart

24 March 2016

On 3 September 2015, China celebrated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with a fairly stunning display of its military might, parading hundreds armoured fighting vehicles and some 12,000 troops from the normally secretive People’s Liberation Army through Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Many of these vehicles had never appeared in public and a notable theme — one that to many eyes came as a big surprise — was the Army’s use of dramatic ‘digital’ camouflage patterns. The Chinese pageant featured columns of military vehicles covered in pixelated squares, some in shades of green and khaki, others in outlandish schemes of blue, white and black.

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Image credits: Kevin Frayer / Getty Images; Xinhua / Alamy Stock Photo

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