Camouflage is a method of cryptic or concealing coloration that allows an otherwise visible organism or object to remain indiscernible from the surrounding environment through deception. Nineteenth century armies tended to use bright colors and bold, impressive designs. These were intended to daunt the enemy, attract recruits, foster unit cohesion, or allow easier identification of units in the fog of war. (pics)
It wasn’t until the 18th century that the intent of camouflage started to disrupt an outline by merging it with the surroundings, making a harder target to spot or hit. Different countries have undergone different evolutionary stages towards the development of military camouflage.
Here is an assortment of photos soldiers camouflage from different armies around the world.