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An interesting timeline of the U.S. Army camouflage

I’m John Eilermann, and I love reading up on anything related to World War II. I believe we can learn a lot of useful and fascinating things even with this being the darkest part of man’s history.

For today, I want to discuss something I read about recently – the history of the U.S. Army camouflage. Here’s a short timeline.

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1700s and 1800s: American soldiers would put mud on their blue coats to blend into the brown environment. Many historians believe this to be one of the first known camouflages used by Americans.

1902: The first U.S. Army camouflage, based on the green and brown uniforms of U.K. soldiers stationed in India, came out. The classic blue uniforms became dress clothes for formal occasions.

World War I: Soldiers who were once clothing designers as civilians created more effective camouflage uniforms.

World War II: Soldiers in WW2 wore reversible coveralls, or “frog patterns.”

1950s: A camouflage patterned after leaves and twigs was produced but was quickly phased out.

The Vietnam War: Patterned after the camouflage of NAVY Seal and Special Forces uniforms, the new U.S. Army uniforms resembled those of tiger-stripes. According to John Eilermann research, there were several variations for soldiers in different terrain.

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1970s: The M81 woodland was created for European operations. The camouflage had black, brown, khaki, and green colors.

The Gulf War: The camouflage worn here would be the camouflage that many soldiers in the U.S. wear today. They had six colors – gray, green, brown, tan, khaki, and black.

Hello, I’m John Eilermann, World War II enthusiast, and a huge football fan. Learn more about me and the stuff I love by following me on Twitter.

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Writing prompts: What is the hero’s journey?

There are a lot of popular writing prompts that can help writers craft stories. Popular writing prompts include the whole man versus man / self / nature / machine, being out of place, longing, and so on. One of the most popular writing prompt is the hero’s journey. According to comparative literature student John Eilermann, the hero’s journey is a classic storyline which has been used and possibly overused in the last century.

The hero’s journey is often a linear storyline where a protagonist has a mission or a goal they must achieve. It is very similar to the Holy Grail storyline regarding having a goal. The main difference is that Holy Grail stories often have goals that are almost impossible to achieve.

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It may seem dated because of the terms but the hero’s journey is still popular among pop culture today. For example, Avatar: The Last Airbender is a great example of a hero’s journey. The goal of the protagonist is to save the world from the Fire Nation and part of the hero’s journey is to master all the elements.

The hero’s journey is often composed of three major segments: the beginning of the adventure, achieving the goal, and the end of the adventure. Within those three segments are actions that drive the narrative. These includes the introducing the drive which fuels the protagonist, facing tests, meeting allies or the antagonist, and so on.

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According to John Eilermann, the hero’s journey is also a way of reading story arcs as narratives would often fall under the same storyline. In a way, the hero’s journey is a reflection of the writer’s journey into writing as well.

John Eilermann hails from St. Louis, Missouri. Growing up, he read books by Nick Hornby, Roald Dahl, C.S Lewis, and many others. For more reads on literature, visit this website.