Wilkinson advocated “masses of strongly contrasted colour” to confuse the enemy about a ship’s heading. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Retrieved 12 January Lozenge aircraft Telo mimetico tent Denison smock Frog Skin United States Naval Institute Proceedings: London Review of Books.

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Kerr compared the effect to that created by the patterns on a series of land animals, the giraffezebra and jaguar.

Kerr’s proposal to use “parti-colouring” based on the known camouflage methods of disruptive coloration and countershading. Now you don’t” The Times. At first glance, dazzle seems an unlikely form of camouflagedrawing attention to the ship rather than hiding it. Retrieved 3 November Retrieved 12 January The British Army inaugurated its Camouflage Section for land use at the end of About 1, ships were painted in dazzle between 1 March and the end of the war on 11 November that year.

Archived from the original on Lizard Flecktarn Rain pattern Tom Clarkson’s Jerez Round-Up”. That dazzle did indeed work along these lines is suggested by the testimony of a U-boat captain: A Brush with Life.

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The marine artist and Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve officer Norman Wilkinsonagreed with Kerr that dazzle’s aim was confusion rather than concealment, but disagreed about the type of confusion to be sown in the enemy’s mind.


Epm weather was bright and visibility good; this was the best camouflage I have ever seen.

Norman Wilkinson explained in that he had intended dazzle primarily to mislead the enemy about a ship’s course and so to take up a poor firing position. The contradictory patterns on the ship’s funnels could imply the ship was on a different heading as Wilkinson had said [1].

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Naval History and Heritage Command. It attempts to block detection by facial recognition technologies such as DeepFace “by creating an ‘anti-face'”. At sea inheavy losses of merchant ships to Germany’s unrestricted submarine warfare campaign led to new desire for camouflage.

Retrieved 17 July Diffused lighting camouflage Yehudi lights Adaptiv Each ship’s dazzle pattern was unique to avoid making classes of ships instantly recognisable to the enemy.

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It was not until she was within half a mile that I could make out she was one ship [not several] steering a course at right angles, crossing from starboard to port. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dazzle, Sumrall argued, was intended to make that hard, as clashing patterns looked abnormal even when the two halves were aligned, something that became more important when submarine periscopes included such rangefinders.


And the striped patterns at bow and stern could create confusion about which end of the ship was dzzle.

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So many factors were involved that it was impossible to determine which were important, and whether any of the colour schemes were effective. It had made up its mind, and all Kerr’s subsequent letters achieved nothing.

Retrieved 8 April A wide range of patterns were authorised, but most commonly black and white diagonal stripes were used. Dazzle camouflagealso known as razzle dazzle in the U. However, following Churchill’s departure from the Admiralty, the Royal Navy reverted to plain grey paint schemes, [8] informing Kerr in July that “various trials had been undertaken and that the range of conditions of light and surroundings rendered it necessary to modify considerably any theory based upon the analogy of [the colours and patterns of] animals”.