Collection RS121 - Camouflage of aerodromes

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Camouflage of aerodromes


  • 1940 (Creation)

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1 volume - Duplicated copy, bound, illustrated with photographs.

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Professor William Dakin was the Technical Director of Camouflage during WW2. Dakin was an academic from Sydney University, a zoologist with particular knowledge of Australian flora and fauna and the means by which living creatures escape their enemies. Although he acknowledged the importance of British methods of camouflage, he felt there was an urgency to develop designs and methods specific to the Australian environment, where “shadows are much darker, and it is the shadows of objects which are the greatest guides to observers in aeroplanes”. Noting that colours in Australia are more visible at a distance than in England, he helped devise a set of camouflage colours suited to the Australian landscape. For more information see: and

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'The camouflage of aerodromes with notes on some technical methods'. From the office of the Technical Director of Camouflage, Camouflage Section, Canberra, A.C.T.
Marked: 'Secret, copy No. 51'

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

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