kids encyclopedia robot

Military camouflage facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Marine sniper ghillie suit
Marine sniper in ghillie suit
German 21 cm gun in Russian winter
Painted for winter fighting

Camouflage is a type of clothing, fabric covering, or painted pattern used by militaries and armies to make it harder to see soldiers and weapons such as artillery guns and military vehicles. Camouflage clothes, fabric coverings, and paint use a colored pattern of several colors that is designed to blend in with the surroundings. Camouflage patterns are also used for hunting clothes.

Types of camouflage patterns

A simple example of common camouflage
SS Platanenmuster Herbst
The SS-plane-tree pattern (autumn variation) from 1937

Camouflage patterns used in desert areas, are beige and light brown. Camouflage patterns used in forested areas, mix different green and brown colors. Camouflage patterns used in urban areas mix grey, white, and black colors. Camouflage for snowy areas use white colors to blend in with the snow.


Camouflage became an important part of modern military tactics when the accuracy of rifles and cannons improved at the end of the 1800s. But armies continued to use bright colours and designs until the 20th century. During World War II camouflage became a common feature in military uniforms. As well, many military vehicles such as planes and trucks were painted with camouflage patterns.

Different countries use different types of military camouflage patterns.

Images for kids

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Camuflaje militar para niños

Black History Month on Kiddle
Famous African-American Architects:
Georgia Louise Harris Brown
Julian Abele
Norma Merrick Sklarek
William Sidney Pittman
kids search engine
Military camouflage Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.