Monday, 26 March 2007

Nanny & The Art of War

Ms Dynamite (Coxsoft Art enhanced graphic)Thanks to Sunday evening's charming history lesson from Ms Dynamite (title link) I can reveal that the Imperial War Museum has got it wrong: camouflage didn't begin during World War I, but much earlier. In the 1730's, Nanny Maroon led a slave revolt in Jamaica's Blue Mountains and defeated the British Army, using guerrilla tactics with foliage as camouflage. And what about Shakespeare's brilliant use of camouflage? "Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him". Going even further into the past - some 2,400 years ago! - Sun Tzu hinted at camouflage in his The Art of War: "...when hidden, be unfathomable as the clouds...".


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