A full-colour PDF facsimile copy of the April 1942 Confidential Admiralty Fleet Order 679 entitled "SEA-GOING CAMOUFLAGE DESIGNS FOR DESTROYERS
AND SMALL SHIPS".
This publication is understood to have been started during the latter part of 1941, after a period of time had elapsed wherein the Camouflage Directorate at Leamington Spa had only produced bespoke designs upon request for specific ships. This practise would continue for cruisers and larger vessels, but due to the vast number of smaller ships within the Royal Navy, it was decided that a set of guidance notes, practical advice and standardised design illustrations should be produced. The result was Confidential Admiralty Fleet Order 679/42 using the Peter Scott derived Western Approaches paints, the familiar dark and light greys used since pre-war and the new civilian produced oil-bound water paint "MS & B" standard camouflage colours. These drawings are all reproduced here in this facsimile using the latest research on the true appearance of Royal Navy paint colours.
The document is 37 pages long with 6 pages of text, 5 pages containing approximations of the paint colours themselves and the remainder full-colour illustrations of standardised camouflage designs.
This document was promulgated in April 1942 and was:
- Supplemented by CAFO 2146/42 in October 1942
- Superseded by CB3098 in May 1943
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