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          1.  The following drawing and photographs illustrate the effective use of dispersion and camouflage in the initial layout of an actual cantonment area.

          2.  The design calls for one basic layout for barracks and facilities to accommodate a regiment. The basic plan varies only in its planting, depending upon its orientation to the sun.

          3.  Inasmuch as the site selected for this particular cantonment lies on the outskirts of a town, the buildings were arranged in groups to simulate a suburban development. The scale of the buildings has been broken up by paint in geometric patterns.

          4.  A generous amount of tree planting is used to break up the shadows of the buildings and arrangement and grouping of these trees are in character with suburban developments.

          5.  The inclusion of trees in the classification yards to simulate an orchard is a promising possibility offered as an alternative to the more expensive cover of nets and will help greatly in concealing an otherwise conspicuous landmark.

          6.  The plan calls for a minimum of ground paint; consequently the maintenance and cost of camouflage for such a large installation would be relatively small.

          7.  The designs originated with a private firm under contract with one of the Engineer Department Offices. Specific credit must be omitted for reasons that will be apparent.

MARCH 9, 1942



- A rotated version of the below is here

- A rotated version of the below is here


- A rotated version of the below is here


A.   Block Pattern Painting

1.   The following photographs of a model illustrate the effective use of block pattern painting on a hangar situated in a small shop area.

2.   Vertical and oblique views (Plate 1 and 2) show the use of this pattern to divide the apparent outline of the hangar into smaller units, causing it to blend with its natural surroundings.

3.   A dummy road has been painted, off-center, across the hangar and the taxiway. Tree pattern painting has been added on the taxiway surface to repeat the existing pattern of trees growing in the shop area.

4.   The painted pattern on the hangar has been extended onto adjacent ground areas, in order to distort the definitive pattern of shadow. Cinders or paint may be used to form the necessary pattern on the ground surface.

5.   The use of a painted geometric pattern is & logical treatment for protective concealment in this particular area.

B.   Disruptive Pattern on Barrack Buildings in a Wooded Area

1.   Plate 3 illustrates five different studies of a typical disruptive pattern suitable for a wooded area.

2.   The pattern in each case is designed to be irregular and large in scale.

3.   Pattern is shown extending across the edges and corners of the building in order to obscure the characteristic outline and shape.

4.   Definite rules cannot be given for the proper pattern size, because much depends upon the size of the object to be camouflaged, it's surroundings and the type of hostile observation.

5.   The accompanying color chart relates to the patterns on Plate 3 Colors indicated were selected for use in the Carribbean area and should be varied to suit local conditions.



To accompany Plate 5 Typical Disruptive Patterns, Cantonment Buildings.
Camouflage Section, The Engineer Board
Fort Belvoir, Virginia


No. 4 Field Drab
     This color to be used where areas surrounding the buildings consist of bare earth, sand, and certain grey types of vegetation. It may be modified in the field by the addition of white or yellow green to better meet local terrain conditions.
(Pigmentation - 6 parts white, 3 parts iron oxide yellow, 1 part chrome oxide green.)

No. 1 Light Green
     This color to be used where green is the dominant terrain color, especially if all or almost all of the open areas are grass covered.
     (Pigmentation - 20 parts of chrome oxide green, 5 parts iron oxide yellow, 2 parts
     white, 1 part burnt umber.)
     Either of the above colors, or blends of both, may be used where light color is indicated on the drawings.


No. 2 Dark Green
     This is the basic color of the pattern designs and should be used where medium color is indicated on the drawings.
     (Pigmentation - 20 parts chrome oxide green, 5 parts burnt umber, 1 part iron oxide red.)

No. 7 Loam
     This color is to be used where dark color is indicated on the drawings.
     (Pigmentation - 10 parts black, 1 part burnt umber, 1 part iron oxide red.)


     These colors (excepting black) have been designed for reflection of the infra-red rays, and will retain this property when blended with white or with each other. However, this property will be lost if different pigments are used.

     The pigmentations given above are approximate and their proportions will vary with different paint vehicles and pigment sources. The pigments used in the preparation of these colors are all of domestic origin and are commercially available. The mixtures given are for the general guidance of the agencies procuring, producing, and applying the paints. Revised (12-12-4l) according to Corps of Engineers, U. S. Army, Tentative Specification No. T-1213.









     1.  The following drawings are suggestions for dispersion within large contonment areas. Visibility and concentration of buildings has been reduced by rotating the buildings and arranging them to fit the contours of the ground, while organizational grouping has been retained.

     2.  The area of the dispersed layout is approximately fifteen percent greater than the standard rectangular layout. In,, the case of the cantonment at Camp Forrest, a careful estimate indicated thet the cost of roads and utilities would be increased about eighteen percent.

     3.  Since the cost of building remains unchanged, the net increase in the total cost of the project, excluding compensating economies, would be about four percent. The compensating economies are the elimination of drastic grading by the following of contours, the preservation of surface growing soils, the conserving of trees with their high military concealment values from the oblique, and the reduction in visibility by dispersion over e greater area.

     4.  The accompanying model study of a cantonment area demonstrates-the high visibility of repeating shadows in a rectilinear arrangement, compared to the varied shadows formed by varied orientation of the buildings.





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- A larger, rotated version of the below is here


National Archives & Records Administration, Seattle Branch
Record Group 181, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Captain of the Yard Passive Defense Files

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