Camouflage nets, used as drapes, are the principal artificial
materials used to conceal vehicles. Drapes are either small-mesh shrimp
net, ungarnished (fig. 41), or large-mesh twine net, garnished (figs.
42 through 45). Both are easy to use, quickly erected, and quickly
removed. They are easily adapted to various kinds of terrain, but they
have limitations and they must be used correctly. Every vehicle driver
must know what he can expect of a net in the way of concealment
and how to erect it over his vehicle to best advantage.
Drapes can give complete concealment against direct observation
but, as with most artificial camouflage, against photographic
observation, they often fail to blend properly with the background and
consequently may be detected. In every case, however, drapes
properly suspended or propped up do conceal the identity of the object
under the drape, even though the drape itself may be detected. In
no case will the drape be allowed to rest directly on the vehicle, thus
revealing its outline.
Drapes must be tied in with bushes or other natural terrain
features by proper siting of vehicles.