Tuesday, May 1, 2012

WWI Camouflage Chateau

During World War I, the US Committee on Public Information influenced public attitudes toward the war by sending out amusing news photographs. This one, taken at Camp Wadsworth in Spartanburg SC (c1918), is (according to its caption) an "elaborate example of camouflage…" Adorned by members of the 102nd Engineers, it was the living quarters of the 1st Battalion's Adjutant, Captain C.J. Dieges. A sign above the door reads "Chateau Camouflage." One hundred thousand soldiers trained at Camp Wadsworth, a major army mobilization center between 1917 and 1919.