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Dazzle ships

My first concert at age 14 was The Thompson Twins, with O.M.D. I remember being struck by the cover art for O.M.D.’s 4th album, Dazzle Ships as a teen. Although the tracks on that album were too Kraftwerk-ian compared to the saccharine hits from their ’85 release Crushfor my tastes at the time.

Today a facebook friend posted this article from colossal and it all became clear. Dazzle Camouflage   Jennifer Bastian

Those clever Brits and their naval what-nots. I like the design even more now.

Dazzle camouflage was a technique used during both WWI and WWII to obscure aspects war ships.

At first glance Dazzle seems unlikely 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 weather.

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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