Camouflage and national identity

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The article 318 Wadham Nations includes illustrations by Amy Hamilton from a catalogue for an exhibition Camouflage: Unmasking Militarism by Ben Wadham and Amy Hamilton, held in Adelaide in May 2013. The catalogue extends many of the ideas in the article.

Presenting Gallipoli as the birth of a nation, the author believes, camouflages the failure of the campaign and the national divisions during World War I and gives neo-conservatives an ideological trope which ‘naturalises and distorts the national narrative when viewed from a vantage point where masculinity, whiteness and hegemony seem to line up in “a perfect chain of echoic meaning”’. This comes, however, at a time when the Australian Defence Force is trying to get away from traditional ideas of what it means to be a soldier.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationHonest History
PublisherHonest History
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2014


  • national identity
  • Gallipoli
  • Australian Defence Force


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