Engineer soldier's handbook. Page: 70
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BASIC FIELD MANUAL
* 40. WHAT IS CAMOUFLAGE?---a. Camouflage is a weapon-
one of the most important we have. It consists of all the
work we do to hide ourselves and our equipment from enemy
observation. By means of careful camouflage we can pro-
tect ourselves, confuse the enemy, cause him to waste valuable
ammunition, or make him fall into a trap.
b. Remember that if the enemy can't see us, he can't hit
us effectively. If you learn to understand and to carry out
the important principles of camouflage, you can give your
Army a head start on the enemy. However, if you, an in-
dividual soldier, make a single mistake, you may give away
the position and plans of your whole battalion. That's how
important camouflage is.
c. Everyone in the Army must know how to use camouflage.
But as an engineer you are expected to be an expert at it.
We must learn this job so well that when other branches of
the service come to the engineers for camouflage advice and
help, we will be able to do the job. Make good camouflage an
intimate part of your daily life.
d. FM 21-45 and 5-20 contain additional information about
deceiving the enemy by means of camouflage. Ask your
platoon leader for these manuals and read them carefully.
* 41. INDIVIDUAL CONCEALMENT.-YOU must learn to hide your
own presence and movements. Remember, you can be seen
from both the ground and the air. The aerial observer is one
of our deadliest enemies, but you can beat him if you are
* 42. HINTS ON INDIVIDUAL CAMOUFLAGE.-a. Select your posi-
tions and routes of advance beforehand.
b. Move rapidly between well selected positions by "leaps
c. Learn to work and move silently.
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