Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Dazzle camouflage was a painting technique applied mostly to ships. Its purpose was not to completely hide or conceal, but instead to distort the ship's shape, making it more difficult to visually determine the vessel's course and speed. It was used widely during World War I, and to a lesser extent during World War II. Vintage Everyday posted a series of photographs from both World Wars showing various designs of dazzle camouflage. The above is the HMAS Yarra in the Persian Gulf in August 1941. Another point to remember is that, although it cannot be seen in these black & white photos, dazzle camouflage often used very bright colors, such as pink and white.