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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para comparison

11 10 2011

An exercise in the Ukraine this summer (Rapid Trident) saw paratroops from several nations practise together – a great opportunity to compare skills and procedures, as well as offering a chance for comradely photo sessions.

Below are members of six of the participating nations, showing the range of camo solutions designed for woodland and universal applications. Identities given below the fold, for those who like to guess.

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Multinational paratroopers line up

 

The nations represented are (L to R):

 

USA, Canada, Britain, Belarus, Poland, Ukraine.

 

Other nations participating included: Latvia, Moldova, Slovenia, Serbia, Lithuania and Estonia.





image of the day

17 03 2011

Interesting collection of uniforms worn here by Japan Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF) personnel (browner patterned jackets are lined winter field coats), a US Navy officer, and a member of the US Army Special Forces in a L4 wind jacket from the Army’s new ECWCS (Extended Cold Weather Clothing System). Taken on the helicopter deck of  the dock landing ship USS Tortuga (US 7th Fleet) during humanitarian relief operations following the Japan quake and tsunami in March 2011.

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U. S. Navy Photo by Lt. K. Madison Carter





2010 in review

2 01 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 170,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 7 days for that many people to see it.

 

In 2010, there were 28 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 83 posts. There were 58 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 20mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was February 25th with 917 views. The most popular post that day was multi terrain pattern camouflage for british armed forces.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were hydedefinition.com, strikehold.wordpress.com, en.wordpress.com, tvtropes.org, and tactical.pl.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for multicam, pencott, multi terrain pattern, ucp delta, and multicam pattern.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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multi terrain pattern camouflage for british armed forces December 2009
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2

camo test: afghanistan December 2009

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British Army unveils new equipment for infantrymen September 2008
15 comments

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photo’s of ucp-delta in action December 2009
1 comment

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The PenCott™ pattern March 2009
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camouflage takes centre stage

5 08 2010

If you’re anywhere near Brussels, Belgium from October 13th to 15th this year, you could do worse than go to the city’s Royal Military Museum and listen in on the camouflage symposium occurring there.

Although day one doesn’t really count, being more of  meet’n’mingle for camo geeks, the symposium gets going by day two, when several guest speakers, representing a wide range of institutions and disciplines, will give 20-minute talks that  will cover a selection of topics from the origins and history of camouflage, through its evolution  during two World Wars, to modern developments.

Day three continues where day one left off, but also takes a wider look at camouflage from technical,  socio-historical and artistic points of view.

It looks to be a stimulating event for camouflage fans, but even if that’s not your bag (and if it isn’t, why are you reading this?), the venue is guaranteed to be a worthwhile experience for military history buffs too.





exclusive – government reveals strategy to camouflage national debt

1 04 2010

As seen in this morning’s FT. I’m a tad disappointed no-one from the media approached me for a subject matter expert comment on this. For instance, they forgot to mention mimetic resemblance, wherein a potentially dangerous thing (e.g. Quantitative Easing) pretends to be something harmless (i.e. charitable giving from a conjurer’s hat of magic money), like when the Canadian Freshwater Shark mimics a floating log in order to catch its favourite prey – lumberjacks. It’s a fishy business, government spin. Anyhow, my scanner isn’t working, so I took a photo of the article for posterity, and copied the content below (my italics added):

A secret Treasury memo leaked this morning reveals how the government intends to mask the enormity of our country’s crippling financial deficit, using classic subterfuge techniques commonly used by the military to disguise men and equipment.

The communiqué, issued from Chancellor Kevin Darling’s office, was addressed to Merkin King, governor of the Royal Bank of England.

It outlines steps – to be taken by spokespeople when issuing statements to the press about piscal policy – that are intended to obscure the size of the national debt, including:

• Dividing the deficit into sub-units, such as external and internal liability and short term and long term indebtedness, thus making the overall amount harder to perceive: this is similar to disruptive camouflage used by many animals to break up the contours and symmetry of their bodies or by soldiers to obscure the shapes of men, vehicles and aircraft.

Blending the debt against a background context of world insolvency, similar to camouflage colours and patterns employed by soldiers’ combat uniforms to match the environment.

• Diverting scrutiny away from the issue by focussing attention on the United States’ even more embarrassing monetary problems, known as misdirection by camouflage experts.

• Mentioning the amount of borrowing quickly and indistinctly whilst simultaneously coughing into a hand and waving at an imaginary friend across the road: another form of misdirection.

Pass this article on to all those you know – it’s time we call the politicians’ bluff and show them that they can’t pull the wool over our eyes!





transformed: Megan Fox in futuristic camo

20 06 2009

Megan Fox was at the premiere of this summer’s expected big box-office blockbuster, Transformers 2, in Berlin recently. Here’s how she could have looked if that dress was made with PenCott camouflage material…