Why ships used this camouflage in World War I

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, February 27, 2018
  • Dazzle camouflage was fantastically weird. It was also surprisingly smart.WWII saw another kind of strange history unfold: a meme (yes, really). Watch our video on it here: http://bit.ly/2Co9DEuSubscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjODazzle camouflage was a surprisingly effective defense against torpedoes. In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explains why.World War I ships faced a unique problem. The u-boat was a new threat at the time, and its torpedoes were deadly. That led artist Norman Wilkinson to come up with dazzle camouflage (sometimes called “razzle dazzle camouflage”). The idea was to confuse u-boats about a ship’s course, rather than try to conceal its presence. In doing so, dazzle camouflage could keep torpedoes from hitting the boat — and that and other strategies proved a boon in World War I.This camouflage is unusual, but its striking appearance influenced the culture, inspired cubist painters’ riffs, and even entered into the world of fashion. Though dazzle camouflage lost its utility once radar and other detection techniques took over from u-boat periscopes, for a brief period in time it was an effective and unusual way to help ships stay safe.Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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  • Vox

     1 years ago

    WWII saw another kind of strange history unfold: Kilroy – a meme (yes, really) – traveled the globe with servicemembers. He even makes an appearance in this video: http://bit.ly/2Co9DEu

  • Fancyguyy

     3 months ago

    #Killroywashere

  • Gameming Tech Project

     7 months ago

    Interesting ship don't use camouflage because the ship is too big will still able to see it from far away but is for submarines to confuse them. Smart idea.

  • Alicia Mn

     1 years ago

    Vox teaching me more history than my school does

  • awesome sauce

     11 days ago

    Lol

  • Stars

     1 years ago

    *_What ship? I don’t see any._*

  • Jeli Snek

     7 days ago

    @Tilen Gasparic r/wooosh you

  • mneonew87

     1 years ago

    Dazzle camouflage is actively used on car prototypes driving around in the wild, to make it harder for rivaling car producers to copy prototypes.

  • josh zurek

     2 months ago

    David Gornowicz are you talking about the GM Proving Grounds?? My dad works there!

  • scuttle06

     3 months ago

    o yeah? then explain why theres a proto cadillac in my country roaming without camo?

  • Matt

     1 years ago

    How they know what color to paint the boat if they could only see black and white back then

  • Wobert Bang

     1 months ago

    @highlander r/woooosh

  • nate hirsh

     1 months ago

    @highlander r/woooosh

  • BanditRants

     1 years ago

    As a video editor, I love the edits here on Vox.

  • hahah im daniel

     3 months ago

    Yesss

  • Gappie Al Kebabi

     7 months ago

    no one cares about your self-claimed career..

  • oriana garrido

     1 years ago

    Imagine you are just there being a cubist painter and then suddenly a man comes at the door yelling"I NEED YOU TO PAINT A SHIP!!"

  • Salivar Ravilas

     2 months ago

    "HANS, KAISER NEEDS YOUR SERVICE"

  • Game Junky

     3 months ago

    TIME TO DAZZLE UP A DINGY!

  • mike csany

     1 years ago

    I have seen so many world war 1 and world war 2 documentaries. Why have I not yet heard about this? This is so quirky and fantastic. Thanks for the great video!

  • Mark McCullough

     1 months ago

    Quirky.... Too detailed.From a nation that voted Trump in. Figures.

  • VertRnsk

     6 months ago

    @asd qwe fail.

  • Jay Husky

     1 years ago

    I bet John Cena owns a dazzled ship.

  • scuttle06

     3 months ago

    whos this john cena dude? i dont see him.

  • Yürüyen Ansiklopedi

     6 months ago

    nice point

  • j s i d x

     1 years ago

    Dazzle schools so shooters won’t know where to shoot

  • Andres No

     2 months ago

    Just make kids wear warpaint every day to school. It would make them look like a bunch of mini warriors and scare off shooters.

  • Rhodesian Wojak

     3 months ago

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