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FM 5-20 Camouflage (1968)

FM 5-20 Camouflage (1968)
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FM 5-20 Camouflage. “This manual provides a comprehensive reference and guide in all aspects of camouflage.

It describes in detail the principles involved in concealing or disguising troops, vehicles, weapons, and field installations.

The last chapter discusses the planning for and the operation of decoys and decoy installations.

For technical information regarding the natural and artificial materials and equipment available for both concealment and visual deception, the reader is referred to TM 5-200.” 105 Pages.

FM 5-20 Camouflage Basic Principles and Field CamouflageSpeaking of FM 5-20 and military camouflage, funny story, I was deployed to turkey in the mid 90’s and my crew and I just finished camouflaging a 50+ ton almost 27 feet long M88 Tank Retriever (a BIG tow truck) with branches and leaves, when a herd of goats came by.  They ate hours of work in just a few minutes.  Which in turn caused a hatred of goats that lasted for some time.

Later on that deployment I fashioned a lasso and went out to rope a goat for a field BBQ.  I succeeded, but was forced back on ship instead of celebrating my birthday with cold revenge on the camouflage destroying animals.

What does that have to do with FM 5-20? Nothing, but it was a funny event and I wanted to share.

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