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Why ships used this camouflage in World War I

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Dazzle camouflage was fantastically weird. It was also surprisingly smart. WWII saw another kind of strange history unfold: a meme (yes, really). Watch our video on it here: http://bit.ly/2Co9DEu Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Dazzle camouflage was a surprisingly effective defense against torpedoes. In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explains why. World War I ships faced a unique problem. The u-boat was a new threat at the time, and its torpedoes were deadly. That led artist Norman Wilkinson to come up with dazzle camouflage (sometimes called “razzle dazzle camouflage”). The idea was to confuse u-boats about a ship’s course, rather than try to conceal its presence. In doing so, dazzle camouflage could keep torpedoes from hitting the boat — and that and other strategies proved a boon in World War I. This camouflage is unusual, but its striking appearance influenced the culture, inspired cubist painters’ riffs, and even entered into the world of fashion. Though dazzle camouflage lost its utility once radar and other detection techniques took over from u-boat periscopes, for a brief period in time it was an effective and unusual way to help ships stay safe. Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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Vox (1 year ago)
WWII saw another kind of strange history unfold: Kilroy – a meme (yes, really) – traveled the globe with servicemembers. He even makes an appearance in this video: http://bit.ly/2Co9DEu
Gameming Channel (3 months ago)
Interesting ship don't use camouflage because the ship is too big will still able to see it from far away but is for submarines to confuse them. Smart idea.
Máté Rudas (4 months ago)
What is tge name of the piece that starts at 3:05
I actually did a presentation on WW2 and I had razzle dazzle and Kilroy was here lol (I know it was mainly abandoned in WW2)
Christian James (9 months ago)
Vox h
Joseph Stalin (1 day ago)
We see nothing.
2Saints (1 day ago)
Its gucci
Bcaused (5 days ago)
Hello! I have a question, by who are the pictures at 1:00 ? Who is the artist and the name of the art?
Pleb lO Blox (6 days ago)
all it did to me is focus less at it :/ so i guess thats prob the point xD
Clucklord (7 days ago)
There. A landscape video. Are you finally happy, random people from the skyscraper video?
Jacobin Girondiste (7 days ago)
It would have been better if the narrator had learned how to pronounce camoufleur. Not as "cammoflure" but as camooflurr. Ignorance stalks abroad and is everywhere.
uncle terry (8 days ago)
War of warships but with skins
CheesecakeLasagna (10 days ago)
4:34 damn, the guy who T-posed was ahead of his time.
Sa Alamin (11 days ago)
it's really clever
Official Copycat (12 days ago)
Aren't earth is flat?
D. Yasuda (14 days ago)
Oh, it’s not a texture pack?
UltimateDogeMaster9 (17 days ago)
What the hell I don't see any ships!! Clickbait!!!!
Clay Coughenour (21 days ago)
Looks like a csgo skin
Leopard 2A6 (23 days ago)
WWII also had similar camouflage patterns
Thank you Vox, very cool!
Yoyle 0340 (27 days ago)
A final defense against torpedoes and a big middle finger for the colour blind.
Ben Butcher (1 month ago)
Ha ha what a weird timeline this is! 😅
Top Hat (1 month ago)
British engineering at its best
Snake_XIX (1 month ago)
Just paint multiple small fishing boats
Lil' Legit (1 month ago)
Why this kind of camouflage is no longer in modern warships today?
Jakarta 01 (1 month ago)
Radar
Jacopo Skydweller (1 month ago)
Always wondered what the point of this was, I thought it was to hide the ships but that never made sense. Love some enlightenment
Luke 123 (1 month ago)
i saw no boat wtf
Prot (1 month ago)
Another thing i noticed in dazzle ships, I couldn't distinguish where tge stern was, it loomed like it had 2 sterns or there were 2 ships.
Seph and Presley (1 month ago)
I feel lied to I don’t see the ship
Galen Hutcherson (1 month ago)
They should have dazzled the titanic so the iceberg couldn’t see it.
ThriquinoX (1 month ago)
Paid users be like:
hi there (1 month ago)
Because it hurts eyes.
godkingmaximusII (2 months ago)
This is awesome 😎
JnohD (2 months ago)
Cubism? Vorticisim was the brief movement inspiring much of this from what I've read.
Shawn Shawn (2 months ago)
Those patters hurt my brain
craziMONKEE611 (2 months ago)
These ships getting GTA 5 liverys
Es DeeKay (2 months ago)
.....it was Banksy's granddad.....
Happy Sisters (2 months ago)
700 Zebras dislike this video
Pokémon - Adventures (2 months ago)
Olympic was dazzle camouflaged
circus ship
macaroni duck (2 months ago)
The wind makes it obvious kinda
juntingiee (2 months ago)
So a ghillie suit for a ship. Huh
all3ykat79 (2 months ago)
that was really interesting. didn't remember seeing dazzled ships but it's pretty cool to know about such a clever u boat loophole
Muhammad Habib Jawady (2 months ago)
It actually makes sense coz they used to see in black and white
Rahadian Jamil (2 months ago)
Wow world of warship skin
Rafael Suprayogi (2 months ago)
Skins in world of warship
Focke Wulf (2 months ago)
Tarpeeyde pryema pakorsyo; tarpeedye slyeva pavortyo.
SERBIAN KNIGHT (2 months ago)
Uganda has the best navy.. change my mind
ProRaptor7 YouTube (2 months ago)
Thats.. Actually really good
SirXavior (2 months ago)
Somewhat correct. Dazzle Camo = Disruptive Pattern. The purpose is to make it difficult to estimate the ships size and outline. Its sorta similar to face camo the featureless parts are darker and the parts that do are made lighter to confuse the actually outline of the face.
15 Seconds (2 months ago)
When I see bedazzled anything I think of ruby slippers!
Principal of the thing (2 months ago)
In world of tanks, this is really coomon
Stev 1000 (2 months ago)
Confused attackers
Zachary Maneja (3 months ago)
2:35 I thought it was going the opposite way
HansReichtoven (3 months ago)
Music?
joe eicker (3 months ago)
Awesome video thanks allot bud
MEELO925 (3 months ago)
Why shouldn't i kill myself?
SGT. GHOST (3 months ago)
why not?
The Siamese (3 months ago)
You il actually see ship as water if its very far away from you just look at the stripes and ocean color
But my dreadnought from bf1 looks like a giant zebra
jacob mills (3 months ago)
What a dazzling video
Snails (3 months ago)
pene
ßnek (3 months ago)
668 u-boat crewmen disliked this video
Tank (3 months ago)
Now that's the art of war.
THE GR33N MANTIS (3 months ago)
The Titanic didn't go to war nor got dazzled, it was Olympic. Titanic is the sister of Olympic but was sunk in the way to New York City, Olympic was a cruise ship before UK had lack of battleships and requested to install guns and cannons, so they could use it in the great war.
The Rabbit (3 months ago)
Game skins in a nutshell
Csgo knife skins be like
Why tf they trying to hide from. My autistic brother
Alberto Estrada (3 months ago)
I got hoeeeessss
Kim Nis (3 months ago)
I was bedazzeled
K T (3 months ago)
Always loved this scheme. WW1 had some very interesting ideas in camo on both sides.
Jerry Gambler (3 months ago)
Skins
Jerry Gambler (3 months ago)
Skins
Strider 1 (3 months ago)
Tbh dazzled ships don't confuse me.
cunard (3 months ago)
Thank yo vox i was curious to why it was called camouflage now i know why
stalin wannabe (3 months ago)
I can see you No you can't Yes i can No you can't -sigh- See you can't
Jesus Mora (3 months ago)
Illusion 100
kkinu juice (3 months ago)
Well only in ww1 now we have target giuded missiles
Max Tippell (3 months ago)
Do they not know the Great War Channel is a thing
illuminatutos (3 months ago)
The ship on the Thumbnail is La Galissonniere
That gay Shit (3 months ago)
*Earliest paint jobs*
Rancorous (3 months ago)
Very fascinating and informative.
A wild Filing cabinet (3 months ago)
If we make their eyes bleed they won’t be able to see us!
over00lord Unknown (3 months ago)
It is 12:11 AM why am I watching this? XD
Leonardo Andres Correa (3 months ago)
I don't know Vox and I don't care to know Vox.
ATST Production (3 months ago)
Makes sense with camouflage for torpedoes
Diamond Jub (3 months ago)
Why do Norwegian Ships have Bar Code Stripes? So they can SCANDINAVIAN!
xdkirk119 Gaming (3 months ago)
Oh... So That's Why Battleship Games Have Camouflage Look... Thought They Just Made It Up...
Thanos is good man (4 months ago)
4:31 first T-pose ever
quxic _Donkey (4 months ago)
4:29 this dude is mathafuckin T-Posing
d u c k (4 months ago)
Bf1 dreadnought intensifies
pickle fish (4 months ago)
'this is camouflage' oh really?
MrJellyfish4200 (4 months ago)
What is camouflage I can’t see anything
Cwizzo (4 months ago)
What camouflage?
Kevin DCruz (4 months ago)
Why is vox talking about ships? I can't see any ships here..
Jedrishkov (4 months ago)
U bot not u boat...
Morahman7vnNo2 (4 months ago)
Some of these ships even had fake waves painted on the lower part of their bow.
Im Not Mad! (4 months ago)
"Sir, our ship number is falling drastically, what do we do?" "...Camoflage the ships" "Ok"
Doctour Two skull (4 months ago)
Naaaah, it was cus they wanted to look fabulous for the enemies
Joe Mancini (4 months ago)
0:09 That's the Mauretania Sister Ship to the Lusitania
Arini Ardyanti (4 months ago)
When u play world of warships and now u know hy
Trent Morgan (4 months ago)
Hmmmmm not the usual leftist propaganda🤨
Moonlight Carnival (4 months ago)
Wait, did the word dazzle come from that?
Darren Fuerst (4 months ago)
Vox yea it worked really well that's why 1554 boats were sunk in ww2 right?

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