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ETA: Two jobs and class is kicking my ass so temporary hiatus, but I'll pop in for seconds at a time.
WARSHIPS USING DAZZLE CAMOUFLAGE DURING THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY. Apparently started by the British, if Cracked is anything to go by. There’re also pictures of young Nazi soldiers being outrageous on page two, if you clicked the follow-up link and saw that picture of them and butts.
But they’re so fabulous what do you mean.
IN THE second world war, many Allied ships were painted with dark and light stripes, and other contrasting shapes, making them look a bit like zebra. The idea was to distort an enemy submarine commander’s perception of the ship’s size, shape, range, heading and speed, so as to make it harder to hit with the non-homing torpedoes of the period. These had to be pointed not at the target directly but, rather, at the place where the commander thought the target would be when the torpedo arrived. At the time, it was only an educated guess that this so-called dazzle camouflage would work. But now someone has actually tested it and the short answer is that it does work—but not in the way that Allied navies thought it did. Ships move too slowly. Dazzle camouflage might well, however, have a role in protecting faster-moving vehicles, such as military Land Rovers.
— The Economist 06/2011