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Ship Shape, a Dazzle Camouflage Sourcebook: An Anthology of Writings About Ship Camouflage During World War I Paperback – 1 Mar 2012

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5.0 out of 5 stars Making things look different 23 Dec. 2013
By Chris Sterling - Published on Amazon.com
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This anthology of articles published during and after World War I is a valuable collection about the "dazzle" painting of both merchant and naval ships to make them less visible to submarines. The process was based on the theory of visually breaking up a ship's silhouette to make it harder to track how fast the vessel was moving and in what direction it was sailing. Behrens, author of several books about camouflage, has gathered and annotated the articles, and added numerous other illustrations to demonstrate how the process worked--and its results. A number of then well-known artists participated in developing dazzle designs, most of which had to be tailor made for different kinds and sizes of ship. Further, the editor provides what is perhaps the best overall bibliography of published material on camouflage--nearly 40 pages worth. He has done us a service gathering these scattered pieces into one volume. The result is fascinating.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent reader of articles by camoufleurs and others about the ... 31 May 2016
By Kevin J. Foster - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent reader of articles by camoufleurs and others about the development of disruptive "dazzle" camouflage for ships. The essays compare different theories and practices of camouflage. Readers see how artists, architects, set designers, and scientists worked together, in parallel, and sometimes in conflict to provide visual miscues, protecting vessels by misdirection. The idea seems illogical, but was proven to work.
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