The Razzle Dazzle Camo of World War I

“The Brits called it “Dazzle Painting,â€? and the Yanks called it “Razzle Dazzle.â€? It transformed ships of war from plain gray hulls into brightly colored, floating works of cubist art. British, American, and French forces adopted the wild, colorful designs, and the patterns became commonplace in World War I navies. Witnesses were heard to comment on the striking, dramatic scene that met the eye upon seeing a convoy of dazzle-painted ships. It must have been a sight.”