the history of Dazzle ships

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the history of Dazzle ships

Postby mugley » 17 Jul 16, 4:44 pm ... zzle-ships

A New Idea: Confusion Rather than Concealment
In 1909, an American artist named Abbot Handerson Thayer wrote a controversial book titled Concealing-Coloration in the Animal Kingdom, which focused on how animals use various color combinations to make it hard for prey to estimate their precise location or direction. A few years later in 1914, British zoologist John Graham Kerr proposed using a principle of "disruptive camouflage" British warships in the increasingly sea-based battles that were happening leading up to WWI. In a letter to Winston Churchill, Kerr stated the goal was to confuse (not conceal) the ship in a style similar to a zebra. Thayer followed this up with his own letter to Churchill in 1915.

Norman Wilkinson of the Royal Navy got wind of the idea and adapted it to a contrasting series of white and black stripes, as seen below. The effect he was going for was to prevent the enemy from being able to identify the precise location or heading of the vessel.
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