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Second World War British Military Camouflage: Designing Deception

Forsyth, Isla


Isla Forsyth


Second World War British Military Camouflage offers an original approach to the cultures and geographies of military conflict, through a study of the history of camouflage. Isla Forsyth narrates the scientific biography of Dr Hugh Cott (1900-1987), eminent zoologist and artist turned camoufleur, and entwines this with the lives of other camouflage practitioners, to trace the sites of camouflage's developments. Moving through the scientists' fieldsite, the committee boardroom, the military training site and the soldiers' battlefield, this book uncovers the history of this ambiguous military invention, and subverts a long-dominant narrative of camouflage as solely a protective technology. This study demonstrates that, as camouflage transformed battlefields into unsettling theatres of war, there were lasting consequences not only for military technology and knowledge, but also for the ethics of battle and the individuals enrolled in this process.

Book Type Authored Book
Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 20, 2018
Publication Date Sep 20, 2018
Deposit Date Jan 25, 2019
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages 229
Series Title War, Culture and Society
Edition 1
ISBN 9781350086647
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