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I recently got a copy of 'Camouflage' by Thames and Hudson in conjuction with the IWM and they had loads of camouflage stuff relating to WW1 as I was wanting to correctly paint a WW1 tank in 'razzle dazzle' pattern like this:

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Previously I found a description of some of the camouflage schemes:

Re: tank colouration for camouflage of WW1 British tanks:
"I have seen them packed together, they have been coloured after the cubists' style in an ingenious manner - so as to make them invisible...".----------------------Herbert Asquith, British Prime Minister to Lord Curzon

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"grotesque colours"-----------Maurice Hankey (Secretary of the Committee of the Imperial Defence Staff), Yvrench, early September 1916 

The book had this piece which hopefully will help:

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Are there other images of that tank or advice about the colouration?

 



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Hi,

No information on the Tank in question, but i knew I had seen that Camouflage somewhere. This is a pair of WW1 Snipers gloves in the Imperial War Museums Collection.

 



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Yeah the gloves are next to that cloth in thebook too, was trying to get an idea of the colour pallet so they are really helpful. The book also has lots of other good ww1 related camo stuff in very good quality. The netting on the top made me curious too as it was different to the usual chicken coop ones I've seen before. Paint wise is it a fair assumption that all sides of the machine were painted like that for the experiment?

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Connected with the Tudor-Hart scheme is a model in the collection at Bovington, said to be"nearly 2m long". This depicts a female tank with the earlier type of sponson. This is "decorated" in a manner similar to the Mk IV in the photograph, both on the outside and inside of the track frames, excluding the hull and sponsons. The pattern is applied vertically and horizontally, and the effect resembles a Bargello design upholstery. But then Tudor-hart did design textiles.hmm  



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Australian Austin 4th series - «Razzle Dazzle» (USA) or «Dazzle Painting» (GB)

http://www.3squadron.org.au/subpages/edwards.htm

WWI Armoured Cars.jpg

 



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Note that in the first photograph the artwork doesn't seems to be "painted on" bu rather "draped on" as if the tank was covered in some sort of blankets. Perhaps the photo is too badly reproduced, but I can't see any surface detail on the vertical surfaces of the track frames, like rivet lines or panel boundaries (perhaps because the camouflage is successful?) so I guess that the experiment consisted on draping any regular tank with colored blankets instead of having someone painting the zigzags for ages.
A clue for the "blankets" is that the tracks are covered in two areas and the zigzags stop a bit short from the lower roller end supports on the ground.



-- Edited by d_fernetti on Friday 3rd of April 2015 01:35:16 AM

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One thing leads to another, and the Camouflage Women led to this:

dazzle pattern tank camouflage

The idea of Ernest Tudor-Hart. We have discussed it in the past, but more details at https://tank100.com/tanks/tank-camouflage-first-world-war/



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Maybe late, but I just ran across this and thought I would share, its a little bit better than the first picture posted by Vollketten.

All the Best

Tim R



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