Edward Wadsworth, Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool, 1919
Naval ships painted with dazzle camouflage here and here
Another dazzle print by Wadsworth
 
The idea behind dazzle camouflage:
At first glance Dazzle seems an unlikely form of camouflage, drawing attention to the ship rather than hiding it, but this technique was developed after the Allied Navies were unable to develop effective means to disguise ships in all weathers.
Dazzle did not conceal the ship but made it difficult for the enemy to estimate its type, size, speed and heading. The idea was to disrupt the visual rangefinders used for naval artillery. Its purpose was confusion rather than concealment. An observer would find it difficult to know exactly whether the stern or the bow is in view; and it would be equally difficult to estimate whether the observed vessel is moving towards or away from the observer’s position. 

Edward Wadsworth, Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool, 1919

Naval ships painted with dazzle camouflage here and here

Another dazzle print by Wadsworth

The idea behind dazzle camouflage:

At first glance Dazzle seems an unlikely form of camouflage, drawing attention to the ship rather than hiding it, but this technique was developed after the Allied Navies were unable to develop effective means to disguise ships in all weathers.

Dazzle did not conceal the ship but made it difficult for the enemy to estimate its type, size, speed and heading. The idea was to disrupt the visual rangefinders used for naval artillery. Its purpose was confusion rather than concealment. An observer would find it difficult to know exactly whether the stern or the bow is in view; and it would be equally difficult to estimate whether the observed vessel is moving towards or away from the observer’s position. 


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