Camouflage

Camouflage

Author
Eric Larson
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4 Mushroom Heads
This book ironically contains exactly what it says on the tin! 'Camouflage' is a truly epic compendium of practically every form of camouflage pattern created around the world since the Second World War. The author, Eric Larson, has been a leading researcher of military camouflage and was one of the founders of the International Camouflage Uniform Society and the Camopedia website.

This book is encyclopedic in its breadth and depth. It covers practically every country (I counted almost 200 in the index), both in existence now and during the last 70 years. It includes the armed forces, other camouflage-wearing government departments and, where appropriate, insurgent organisations that have worn specific varieties of camouflage pattern.

For each country there is a brief history since WW2, in particular looking at significant changes in their militaries. As you would imagine, much of the book is taken up of predominantly colour photos, supporting that text. The book runs to nearly 500 pages, with over 600 photos, and is A4/Foolscap in size: this is a doorstop of a book, filled to the brim with everything you could possibly want to know about military and paramilitary camouflage patterns.

At £50 in hardback, this is probably one for the military reference libraries, but it will, no doubt, become the seminal text on camouflage patterns. Previous versions/editions are available on Amazon, including Kindle versions for closer to £15.

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