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Dazzle camouflage (yes, that’s where Razzle Dazzle comes from) was used in American and British Navies during World War I and World War II. Dazzle ships were painted in almost Cubist/Op Art patterns,...

Dazzle Camoflage, also known as Razzle Dazzle or Dazzle painting.The flatiron HMS Argus.

Dazzle ships -- You've never seen camouflage like this before!

That time artists camouflaged WWI battleships with psychedelic paint

DAZZLE CAMOUFLAGE

HMS Furious, tricked out in "Razzle Dazzle" anti-U-Boat camouflage for WWI.

USS Leviathan (originally built in 1913 as an ocean liner named Vaterland. In 1917, it was renamed Leviathan, and used as a troopship. After World War I it was used by the American shipping company United States Lines until 1934. It was sold for scrapping in 1938.)

An Illustrated History of Unbelievably Camouflaged Ships

USS Leviathan (originally built in 1913 as an ocean liner named Vaterland. In 1917, it was renamed Leviathan, and used as a troopship. After World War I it was used by the American shipping company United States Lines until 1934. It was sold for scrapping in 1938.)

striped dazzle

The 'Q' ship HMS UNDERWING at anchor with guns exposed and striped dazzle camouflage circa 1918

La discrétion à toute épreuve. Le Dazzle camouflage, les bateaux furtifs de la première guerre mondiale bateau furtif dazzle painting wold war guerre 07

Le Dazzle camouflage, les bateaux furtifs de la première guerre mondiale

Dazzle camouflage (yes, that’s where Razzle Dazzle comes from) was used in American and British Navies during World War I and World War II. Dazzle ships were painted in almost Cubist/Op Art patterns,.

HMS Revenge, lead ship of the 15 in 'R' class, was commissioned just in time to serve at Jutland in May 1916.  She is shown here subsequently at Scapa Flow in late WW1 dazzle camouflage.  The entire 5 ship class served on into WW2 (Royal Oak being sunk in 1939), but were not as successfully modernised in the 1930s as the preceding 'Queen Elizabeths', being slower.

HMS Revenge, namesake of her battleship class, WWI dazzle paint job. Commissioned 1916 just in time for the Battle of Jutland. [1024x658]

HMS Revenge, namesake of her battleship class, WWI dazzle paint job. Commissioned 1916 just in time for the Battle of Jutland

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