DECEM BER 1951
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Vol. 6. No. 12 ----------------- C O X T E N T S -
Maxim Gorki (Cover)
Master Test Types
Character Study—Westland Wyvern
North American T-28 in Service
y Advajiced Spotting
• B r i e f s X .............
Identity Parade—Joseph Stalin 3
North American AJ-1 Savage
/ / f t Midway and Savage
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Exercise “ Flashback ”
Still Going Strong. .
Albatross in Service
Semi-Sillographs . .
Solutions to Recognition Tests
Index to Volume 6
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O DISGUISE, according to Webster, is “ to hide
or obscure the true nature or character of, by
altering appearance or distinguishing quality
The infinite variety of views, aspects and circumstances
in which an object such as a ship, tank or aeroplane
may present itself, can be conveniently and collectively
considered as “ disguises Such “ disguises ” are
numerous—and compounds of them multitudinous—
but they fall into two main categories. There is the
man-made variety of disruptive colouring, covering and
marking ; and there are those provided by nature which
include the effects of lighting, distance, visibility, etc.
The spotter, in order to recognize his target, has
frequently to pierce complex combinations of them all,
and a little thought on the subject, may pay dividends
in recognition training.
There is no need to become confused by contemplating
the numbers of possible “ disguises ” which even a
small range of objects can present. The aim in recognition
training should be to know the object. If the object is
known, then, in whatever circumstances it presents
itself, provided it presents evidence of its shape, it will
be recognized. Though recognition training provides
practice in piercing “ disguises ”, the aim is always
to see through the ” disguise ” and to identify the
object, rather than to learn the disguises.
Many of the presentations appearing in the Journal
are designed to provide exercises in piercing “ disguises”
and on page 280 we present a new feature in this line
entitled : “ Exercise Flashback ”, We shall look forward
to readers’ reactions to it and welcome the views of
Two examples of the possible effects of m an-m ade disguises on : a
Casablanca Class escort C arrier and a Spitfire F. Mk. 22 ; also a simplified
example of the possible effects of the natural disguise of haze and sun
light on a Chaffee tank.