Chameleons go to battle
Until the middle of the 19th century, hostilities were of a contact nature, since the battles were fought hand-to-hand due to the lack of effective firearms. The soldiers were dressed in bright uniforms so that in the heat of battle they could distinguish their own from the enemy.
But in the second half of the 19th century, what had previously served to protect soldiers from accidental death from their own, became mortally dangerous – bright uniforms turned out to be an excellent target for machine gunners and soldiers armed with rifles of new designs.
The soldiers began to “hide”. During the First World War, all armies were dressed …