Many of the reports coming back from the various theaters of operation
have stressed the excellence of Japanese
camouflage (see Tactical and Technical
Trends, No. 14, p. 16). It appears that they adapt the type of camouflage
employed to suit the country in which they are operating, rather than relying upon
any set principles or stereotyped pattern. As it is evident that much importance
is attached to this subject, a selection of topics in these reports is given below.
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a. A British officer's report states that the Japanese are excellent at camouflage, and
use the chameleon principle. Whatever type of country was being traversed, their style
was altered, in that different colored vines or branches, to correspond with local
vegetation, were fastened to their persons. Thus, lying along branches or standing
against bushes, they were absorbed into the landscape.
b. A dead sniper who was examined carried the following camouflage equipment: a green
net for his helmet; a pair of long green gloves; a bottle of green liquid with which
his face and rifle were smeared; and a small hypodermic syringe. This syringe was empty
when examined, and there was no indication of its contents.
c. According to another report, Japanese snipers have packs in which a
number of differently colored gymshirts are carried. They change these shirts
according to the color of the cover from which they are operating. They also
have face nets, which are of various colors, and like the gymshirts, are changed
according to the nature of the cover.
The report also states that camouflaged elephants had been seen. Their hides
had been painted with large patches of different shades of green to tone in
with their surroundings.