By Tom Cockle
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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.
Armor of the Deutsches Afrikakorps by Tom Cockle