Figure 7-11. Further Measures to Conceal Vehicle
Nets. The principal artificial materials used to conceal vehicles are drape nets. They are easy to use,
quickly erected, and quickly removed. Drape nets can give complete concealment against direct
observation. However, as with most artificial camouflage materials, they can frequently be detected by
photographic observation. They often fail to blend properly with the background. In every case,
however, properly suspended and supported, drapes to conceal the identity of a vehicle, even though
the drape net itself may be detected. Nets are not recommended in snow areas. They require
excessive maintenance. They cannot support a snow load, and become wet, frozen, bulky, and hard to
Digging In. In a desert, or any open barrier terrain, the lower an object is to the ground, the smaller its
shadow and the easier it is to conceal from the air. When the situation permits, every effort must be
made to dig in important vehicles. Not only are they more easily concealed, but they are also protected
from fragments. An excavation is made with a slanting approach and the vehicle is parked in the pit.
Sandbags are used to form a revetment for protection. The whole thing is covered with a net. The net
is sloped gently out to the aides and staked down. Finally, the vehicle tracks to the position are
brushed out or covered.