Sep 12, 2007

Razzle Dazzle.

Dazzle Camouflage, the British called this camouflage as Dazzle Painting & the Americans called it Razzle Dazzle.
It was a camouflage paint scheme used on ships, mainly from 1914 to 1918. It consisted of a complex pattern of geometric shapes in contrasting colors, interrupting and intersecting each other. At first glance it seems like an unlikely form of camouflage, drawing attention to the ship rather than hiding it.

Dazzle Camouflage Image 1CB-1, The cruiser Alaska.

Dazzle Camouflage Image 2DD-541, The Yarnall.

Dazzle Camouflage Image 3USS Charles S. Sperry (DD-697) shown here in dazzle camouflage, June 1944.

Dazzle Camouflage Image 4HMS Argus displaying a coat of dazzle camouflage in 1918

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"A British artist and naval officer, Norman Wilkinson, promoted a new camouflage scheme that was derived from the artistic fashions of the time, particularly cubism. Instead of trying to conceal the ship, it simply broke up its lines and made it more difficult for the U-boat captain to determine the ship's course."

Source: 1, 2 & 3

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