Recognition Journal, Volume 6 No. 12 December 1951

DECEM BER 1951 JOINT RECOGNITION JOURNAL --- --- f t r - Vol. 6. No. 12 ----------------- C O X T E N T S - Feature Maxim Gorki (Cover) Savage Afloat Disguises (Editorial) Master Test Types Character Study—Westland Wyvern North American T-28 in Service y Advajiced Spotting Delta Wings • B r i e f s X ............. Identity Parade—Joseph Stalin 3 North American AJ-1 Savage / / f t Midway and Savage f t The Ji>im Services Recognition Journal is a m onthly publication prepared and produced by the A ssistant C hief o f A ir Staff (Training), A ir M inistry, in collaboration with the M inistry o f Supply—C ontroller o f Supplies (A ir)—Air Technical Publications. C ontributions and correspondence should be addressed to the E ditor, Joint Services Recognition Journal. A ir M inistry. R oom 213, M etropole Buildings, N orthum berland Avenue. W .C .2. U.S.S. Midway Ship Shapes Sillographs Exercise “ Flashback ” Still Going Strong. . Albatross in Service Tank Detector In Passing.............. Semi-Sillographs . . Solutions to Recognition Tests Index to Volume 6 Page 265 266 267 268 269 270 2 7 1 272 2 7 3 274 275 276 278 278 279 280 282 2 83 284 285 2 85 286 287 DISGUISES T 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 instructors. 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. 267
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