Monday, January 12, 2009

The art of camouflage I - Dazzle

At first glance, this doesn't seem to be camouflage at all - the pattern draws attention to the ship rather than hiding it. But the dazzle technique was developed with the blessing of Gestalt Psychology in early 20th century and was widely adopted by many countries during WWI and WWII.

The purpose is to confuse rather than conceal. The bold clashing pattern disrupts the naval visual rangefinders and makes it difficult for the enemy to estimate the vessel's shape, speed, and heading.

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