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Camouflage is an adaptation of appearance. It is an attempt to avoid observation and prevent detection by enemies. The principle is simple: hide yourself by modifying your appearance that it matches the environment. People have been using camouflage in some form or another from the beginning of human civilization.

Military camouflage

Camouflage has a great importance in warfare. Warplane, warships, tanks, soldiers use human-made forms of camouflage to adapt the appearance to the expectation of potential enemies, which expect to see the original landscape. They try to disappear on the battlefield by using a suitable disguise which matches the background perfectly. Military clothing such as combat uniforms mirror the environment of the battle: people fighting in the desert will wear a desert camouflage pattern, people fighting in the jungle will wear a woodland camouflage pattern.

Animal camouflage

Caterpillars, frogs, snakes, reptiles and many other animals try to avoid observation by using camouflage, too. They only use natural forms of camouflage: stripes, spots and patterns in various colors. They deceive potential predators by sophisticated camouflage techniques which show them what they expect to see.


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