Effective use of camouflage can be the game changer in a hostile situation. In the simplest terms, camouflage is deception. It is the attempt to create a false reality in the mind of the enemy. Sun Tzu wrote that “the history of warfare is the history of deception”.
There are many ways to deceive the enemy, one of the most famous being the use of the Trojan Horse by the Greeks during the 12th Century B.C. Deception can take many forms, one of which is camouflage uniforms. Before the dawn of World War II, the concept of a mass produced camouflage uniform was not possible due to lack of technology and other factors. However by the end of the conflict, camouflage uniforms had seen widespread usage, led by the Germans.
After the war, Russia took close notice of the variety of German patterns. They took inspiration from those designs and created their own patterns while still using original patterns such as the Amoeba. Since that point in time, Russia has produced well over 40 patterns, many still in use today.
Instead of adopting a single pattern for their armed forces, the Russian Army focuses on usage of camouflage dependent on the season and environment. Therefore we see many patterns, ranging from the modern Digital Flora to the older issue patterns such as Berezka and TTsKO.
It’s this massive selection of camouflage that attracted me to Russian camouflage a few years back. At that time, there were only a few companies producing Russian patterns. It wasn’t till late last year when I stumbled across a new company by the name of Geina Tactics. They fully embraced a wide range of patterns, from the US Multicam to the SS-Leto pattern.
After some conversation, they sent me a sample of their product lineup to review and test. Needless to say, I was more than happy to head to the field for some real world camouflage use.
Of course no camouflage review can be complete without a video. This production focuses on the Pogranichnik (Border Guard) pattern which is perfect for the transitional period that occurs at the end of the winter. The time of year where it’s not truly spring yet and the vestiges of winter still are visible. The majority of foliage sports deep reds, browns but new growth is evident in budding green leaves and plants.
However, in a very short period of time, summer will be in full effect and the forest will be a dense maze of light and dark greens. Thanks to Giena Tactics, I’ll be back in the field to test out their summer pattern, the EMR2. This pattern plus more are available in our store, including our best seller, the SAS Boonie Hat.
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