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Schematics of a German Bundeswehr shelter half ("Zeltbahn")
U.S. Army pup tent in World War II, made with two shelter halves
Arlington State College ROTC students setting up pup tents during an exercise on campus, circa 1950s

A shelter-half is a simple kind of partial tent designed to provide temporary shelter and concealment when combined with one or more sections. Two sheets of canvas or a similar material (the halves) are fastened together with snaps, straps or buttons to form a larger surface. The shelter-half is then erected using poles, ropes, pegs, and whatever tools are on hand, forming an inverted V structure.[1] Small tents like these are often called pup tents in American English.

  1. ^ Care And Use of Individual Clothing and Equipment Archived 2014-10-31 at the Wayback Machine, US Army File Manual FM15-85, 1985, pp. 3-4ff