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Kersmaekers, Ivo (2019): Gauzes in Theatre. Their use through the ages. In: Die Vierte Wand. Organ der Initiative TheaterMuseum Berlin. 009/2019, pp. 146–151 ( online at the Internet Archive)
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All these numbers come from the chart on pg. 87 of ETO Report No.18: Camouflage Activities June 1942-May 1945. How do these numbers fit in with the total number of Camouflage Helmet Nets in Theatre? The Report No.18: Camouflage Activities June 1942-May 1945 provides the following totals of helmet nets in the European Theater of Operations: So why now - has every one started to do it?????? It has always been an Airborne thing and I've not till recently seen any other units do it, so why has it suddenly changed??
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In carpentry, scrim is a very heavy, coarsely-woven fabric (similar to hessian or to coarse canvas) which is stretched over interior boards to provide support for wallpaper and to add an extra rigidity. This method of construction, widely used in older houses, is often referred to as " scrim and sarking", the sarking being the board. That gives us an absolute minimum of 351,642 Camouflage Factory produced Helmet Nets “Shrimp Net” Material. However we do know that the 1st, 3rd, & 7th also had camouflage factories.(14)A scrim is a woven material, either finely woven lightweight fabric widely used in theatre, or a heavy, coarse woven material used for reinforcement in both building and canvasmaking. The issue small-mesh net is shrimp net, which is a closely woven cotton fabric with mess of from 1/4 to 5/16 inch square.(46) Thus, from these sources we can reasonably estimate the total number of these nets produced from these sources to be:
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The above list is by no means exhaustive. It is merely intended to show the great variance in styles of netting used by different units, even within the same theater of operations. An in depth analysis of each style net, its procurement, and use, will hopefully be the source of greater analysis and future scholarship. This article will focus on only one type - the “Shrimp Net”. A similar usage of the term is found in sailcloth manufacture, where scrim is a strong loose weave of fibres laminated into the cloth to provide extra strength and stability to sails. Why were Shrimp Nets cut up and used as helmet nets? To quote Report No.18: Camouflage Activities June 1942-May 1945:
This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. One of the keys to understanding the story of the Shrimp Net is understanding the “Camouflage Factories” that produced a large number of them. The Camouflage Factories of the U.S. armies were institutions run by the Army’s Engineers with the purpose of procuring and producing camouflage for the Army from large camouflage nets for covering supply dumps to helmet nets.(2)