The Reason Why Ships in World War I Were Painted in Brightly Colored Geometric Dazzle Camouflage

In a resplendent report for Vox, senior producer Phil Edwards recounted a very clever idea of painting warships with brightly colored geometric shapes put forward by British artist Norman Wilkinson to ward off the danger of U-boats during World War I. The idea, known as “dazzle camouflage”, was used to confuse the enemy as to whether the ship was coming or going, making it very difficult to properly aim torpedoes using a periscope and keeping those aboard safe.

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