By Terence Wise
The epic clash among Rome and Carthage is still essentially the most compelling tales of army background. The wars integrated such mythical occasions because the crossing of the Alps via Hannibal, and the conflict of Cannae. Terence Wise's positive textual content info the armies of either side of the wars, together with the various diverse allied troops hired via the Carthaginians; Numidians, Celts, Spanish and others who helped make the military essentially the most vibrant and cosmopolitan of its day. The textual content is observed by way of quite a few illustrations and pictures, together with 8 complete web page color plates by way of Richard Hook.
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Richardson, QMC Consultant, described the progress of Waffen-SS camouflage patterns. ‘As first conceived the printed design had sharp, distinct lines between colours,’ noted Richardson. ’ This tendency continued throughout the war until ‘this pattern was again modified so as to produce an even more blurred effect or blending from one colour to another’. Seen at a distance, the green/brown patterns tended to merge together, so a new motif – reinforcing the effect of disruptive patterning – was developed with strongly contrasting black shapes.
A winning design was produced by Norvell Gillespie, a gardening editor for Better Homes and Gardens, which was dubbed ‘frog-skin’ pattern, as it imitated a natural amphibian camouflage of rounded shapes in green and brown. Like German forest patterns, it was produced in a reversible version of mainly green and mainly brown colouring – beach and jungle – and this became the primary form of camouflage worn by US forces in World War II. Experiments continued throughout the war, including a desert pattern uniform of black stripes contrasted against pale browns, a little like the Leibermuster developed by the Germans towards the end of the war.
The Zeltbahn was a triangular waterproof sheet that could either be attached to other sheets to form a tent or used by itself as a poncho, wind break or stretcher. It was the very first item to be ordered in camouflage for the German Army in June 1930, and appeared the following year, reflecting the influence of the Italian Army’s camouflage tent. The first pattern chosen for the Zeltbahn was the Splitter motif consisting of jagged shapes overlaid by green broken lines or a ‘falling rain’ pattern that became the standard camouflage of the Wehrmacht.
Armies of the Carthaginian Wars 265-146 BC (Men-at-Arms, Volume 121) by Terence Wise