Why are the soldiers of the Second World War did not wear camouflage on the battlefield

  • Dec 24, 2019

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Why in the Second World War soldiers did not wear camouflage.
Why in the Second World War soldiers did not wear camouflage.

If you look at the soldiers from different armies of the Second World War, for example, soldiers of the Red Army and the Wehrmacht, it seems that in those days there was no camouflage. In fact, the camouflage was, that's just ordinary soldiers, he often did not rely. The reason for this situation was not that "bloody command" wanted to "put" as many men on the field.

The soldiers had no camouflage. | Photo: widelec.org.
The soldiers had no camouflage. | Photo: widelec.org.

In fact, the allegation that the soldiers did not use camouflage, is fundamentally correct in World War II. Camouflage uniforms and equipment was in all armies of the world, including in the Red Army and the Wehrmacht Nazi Germany. However, the prevalence of camouflage was much lower than in modern armies, where almost all livestock soldiers anyway dressed in camouflage. There were some reasons, first of all, production.

Infantry unnecessarily. | Photo: berghofday.blogspot.com.
Infantry unnecessarily. | Photo: berghofday.blogspot.com.

In fact, the first camouflage uniforms appeared before the First World War. After it became a camouflage to develop actively. Many universities around the world engaged in the study of colors and designs for the uniforms. However, the production of camouflage at the time was relatively complex process.

Camouflage gowns relied scouts. | Photo: myhistori.ru.
Camouflage gowns relied scouts. | Photo: myhistori.ru.

Furthermore, a field form green, earth, sand and gray color that was used in the Army different countries, fully meet the necessary needs of troops in camouflage field in the existing realities of warfare actions. Camouflage uniforms, in most cases, we only units experts.

In winter, on top form wear white robes. | Photo: chert-poberi.ru.
In winter, on top form wear white robes. | Photo: chert-poberi.ru.

In the Soviet Union camouflage and camouflage capes were sappers, snipers, soldiers of reconnaissance and sabotage units, as well as soldiers of Border Troops. The most common type of camouflage at the start of the war was "amoeba", developed in 1935. Available in colors such was the "summer", "spring and autumn", "desert", "mountain." In winter, the army used white camouflage cloaks.

In the center - "amoeba", right - "Greenwood" to the left - "Palma". | Photo: gearguide.ru.
In the center - "amoeba", right - "Greenwood" to the left - "Palma". | Photo: gearguide.ru.

In 1942, the Red Army has a new disguise "Greenwood", and in 1944 - "Palma". The latter was available in four colors for every season of the year. They wore such robes mostly scouts, snipers and engineers.

The Germans had camouflage cloak. | Photo: reibert.info.
The Germans had camouflage cloak. | Photo: reibert.info.

Similarly, things were in Germany. The first camouflage «Splittertarnmuster» was adopted in 1931. The most popular element of camouflage was a cloak «Zeltbahn - 31", which is widely used in the German army. In 1938 in Germany it was designed camouflage suit and helmet cover for snipers. They have been used throughout the war.

Camouflage relied mainly the Waffen-SS. | Photo: s-z-h-odal.org.
Camouflage relied mainly the Waffen-SS. | Photo: s-z-h-odal.org.

The most widely used camouflage in Germany is not the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS divisions. For the soldiers of these units developed best camouflage in Germany. At the same time the command of the Reich assumed (at the beginning of the war), that by 1945 all the troops will be dressed in camouflage uniforms. However, in fact camouflage in Germany we were all the same "experts": sniper, reconnaissance saboteurs, parachutists sappers antipartisan formation.

Even the snipers was not always camouflage, often limited to a cover on the helmet. |Foto: ebay.com.
Even the snipers was not always camouflage, often limited to a cover on the helmet. |Foto: ebay.com.

Severe restrictions on the production of camouflage in Germany throughout the war imposed delivery of high-quality cotton. Relative to the SS and the Wehrmacht requests were critically small throughout the Second World War. In 1943, the cotton and does no longer arrive in Germany, resulting in the production of camouflage had to translate the use of cotton fabric.

Widely used camouflage around the world have only to 1960s, when industrial production reached the proper level of development for mass production of similar shape and style of warfare finally left of what we used to see in the First and Second World wars.

I would like to learn more interesting things about the Second World War? Then read on, why German "Panther" and "Tiger" was staggered arrangement of rollers and find out whether it really helped them.

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