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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 (10 months 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
MRGamers CJX (1 month 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 (2 months ago)
What is tge name of the piece that starts at 3:05
Sunbell101 (5 months ago)
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 (6 months ago)
Vox h
Ruler of All (13 hours ago)
3:12 that confused the hell out of me
godkingmaximusII (6 days ago)
This is awesome 😎
JnohD (8 days ago)
Cubism? Vorticisim was the brief movement inspiring much of this from what I've read.
Shawn Shawn (8 days ago)
Those patters hurt my brain
craziMONKEE611 (8 days ago)
These ships getting GTA 5 liverys
Es DeeKay (9 days ago)
.....it was Banksy's granddad.....
Wong Wai-Kit (9 days ago)
700 Zebras dislike this video
Pokémon - Adventures (10 days ago)
Olympic was dazzle camouflaged
circus ship
macaroni duck (11 days ago)
The wind makes it obvious kinda
juntingiee (11 days ago)
So a ghillie suit for a ship. Huh
all3ykat79 (12 days 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 (12 days ago)
It actually makes sense coz they used to see in black and white
Rahadian Jamil (12 days ago)
Wow world of warship skin
Rafael Suprayogi (12 days ago)
Skins in world of warship
Focke Wulf (13 days ago)
Tarpeeyde pryema pakorsyo; tarpeedye slyeva pavortyo.
SERBIAN KNIGHT (13 days ago)
Uganda has the best navy.. change my mind
ProRaptor //Stuff (13 days ago)
Thats.. Actually really good
SirXavior (17 days 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 (21 days ago)
When I see bedazzled anything I think of ruby slippers!
Principal of the thing (22 days ago)
In world of tanks, this is really coomon
Stev 1000 (22 days ago)
Confused attackers
Steve D (23 days ago)
If you want to see a video of a dazzle warship underway. Search - French cruiser "Gloire" in dazzle camouflage firing guns - 1944 on YT.
Zachary Maneja (26 days ago)
2:35 I thought it was going the opposite way
HansReichtoven (27 days ago)
MyAZOmBIERuLE (1 month ago)
Awesome video thanks allot bud
MEELO925 (1 month ago)
Why shouldn't i kill myself?
SGT. GHOST (1 month ago)
why not?
The Siamese (1 month ago)
You il actually see ship as water if its very far away from you just look at the stripes and ocean color
EPHY drop Williams (1 month ago)
But my dreadnought from bf1 looks like a giant zebra
jacob mills (1 month ago)
What a dazzling video
Snails (1 month ago)
ßnek (1 month ago)
668 u-boat crewmen disliked this video
Tank (1 month ago)
Now that's the art of war.
THE GR33N MANTIS (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Game skins in a nutshell
Csgo knife skins be like
Why tf they trying to hide from. My autistic brother
Alberto Estrada (1 month ago)
I got hoeeeessss
Kim Nis (1 month ago)
I was bedazzeled
Kevin Taylor (1 month ago)
Always loved this scheme. WW1 had some very interesting ideas in camo on both sides.
Undye 786 (1 month ago)
Undye 786 (1 month ago)
TACTICAL NUKE (1 month ago)
Tbh dazzled ships don't confuse me.
cunard (1 month ago)
Thank yo vox i was curious to why it was called camouflage now i know why
stalin wannabe (1 month ago)
I can see you No you can't Yes i can No you can't -sigh- See you can't
Jesus Mora (1 month ago)
Illusion 100
kkinu juice (1 month ago)
Well only in ww1 now we have target giuded missiles
Max Tippell (1 month ago)
Do they not know the Great War Channel is a thing
illuminatutos (1 month ago)
The ship on the Thumbnail is La Galissonniere
That gay Shit (1 month ago)
*Earliest paint jobs*
Rancorous (1 month ago)
Very fascinating and informative.
A wild Filing cabinet (1 month ago)
If we make their eyes bleed they won’t be able to see us!
over00lord Unknown (1 month ago)
It is 12:11 AM why am I watching this? XD
Leonardo Andres Correa (1 month ago)
I don't know Vox and I don't care to know Vox.
ATST Production (1 month ago)
Makes sense with camouflage for torpedoes
Diamond Jub (1 month ago)
Why do Norwegian Ships have Bar Code Stripes? So they can SCANDINAVIAN!
xdkirk119 Gaming (1 month ago)
Oh... So That's Why Battleship Games Have Camouflage Look... Thought They Just Made It Up...
Thanos is good man (1 month ago)
4:31 first T-pose ever
quxic _Donkey (1 month ago)
4:29 this dude is mathafuckin T-Posing
YeBoiSoul (1 month ago)
Bf1 dreadnought intensifies
pickle fish (1 month ago)
'this is camouflage' oh really?
MrJellyfish4200 (1 month ago)
What is camouflage I can’t see anything
Cwizzo (2 months ago)
What camouflage?
Kevin DCruz (2 months ago)
Why is vox talking about ships? I can't see any ships here..
Jedrishkov (2 months ago)
U bot not u boat...
Morahman7vnNo2 (2 months ago)
Some of these ships even had fake waves painted on the lower part of their bow.
im not mad!!! (2 months ago)
"Sir, our ship number is falling drastically, what do we do?" "...Camoflage the ships" "Ok"
Doctour Two skull (2 months ago)
Naaaah, it was cus they wanted to look fabulous for the enemies
Joe Mancini (2 months ago)
0:09 That's the Mauretania Sister Ship to the Lusitania
Arini Ardyanti (2 months ago)
When u play world of warships and now u know hy
Trent Morgan (2 months ago)
Hmmmmm not the usual leftist propaganda🤨
Moonlight Carnival (2 months ago)
Wait, did the word dazzle come from that?
Darren Fuerst (2 months ago)
Vox yea it worked really well that's why 1554 boats were sunk in ww2 right?
Mr Sealio (2 months ago)
0:11 This one is the best in my opinion.
Well obviously it's for a extra 5% chance to put out fires...
paris (2 months ago)
kilroy was here
Mr.green (2 months ago)
Should of use mirrors
kimdoeyoung (2 months ago)
Well... That explains why Olympic(Titanic Sister Ship) was using those camouflage and survived during the WW1.
Tow Wong (2 months ago)
*zebra ship*
StoneLok Gaming (2 months ago)
If the ships are in camouflage how can I see all of them?
TwoGamerzz (2 months ago)
Videos like this are the only reason that I'm not unsubscribing from you libtards.
Ummm.Poland (2 months ago)
4:33 T-POSE
HelloIts Mackenzie (2 months ago)
Do you get your video ideas from old 99 PI podcast episodes? This and the WWI copper masks were shows they did a while ago.
Clay Bailey (2 months ago)
I’m surprised you didn’t blame this on republicans
Yan heng Huang (2 months ago)
Just paint John Cena on the ships...
Jacob Serrano (2 months ago)
I really wish these children would stop the video game references every time there’s a historical video.
Marcus Chan (2 months ago)
Disguise 100
elsamso (2 months ago)
how do u even paint a ship that would take so long
unit_511 (2 months ago)
This technology is still used for hiding the shape of prototype cars during highway testing.
unit_511 (2 months ago)
Torpedoes just dont like modern art...
The Real Dino (2 months ago)
3:12 messes me up and almost made me vomit
Titanic (2 months ago)
Lisa Patchin (2 months ago)
It’s ww2 not ww1
Thomas Atria (1 month ago)
Wtf, that's WWI
antsolja (2 months ago)
i often look at modern camouflages and sigh at them forgetting the one of the two things a camouflage should do, that being breaking up shape, large shapes of contrast are what a camoflage needs not just small shapes for blending in yet for some reason thats all most modern camos consist of
Jakob Schousboe (2 months ago)
Killroy was here
Stephen Arugay (2 months ago)
at 3:17 whos that? and at 3:19 and that?
ingibingi2000 (3 months ago)
Didn't they do this a bit in ww2?
B 2 (3 months ago)
The British had a "pink" Spitfire. Very hard to see or shoot down. However the "Chaps" would not fly a pink girly aircraft. Go figure.

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