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John the OFM02 Apr 2014 5:18 a.m. PST
Generalstoner4902 Apr 2014 5:53 a.m. PST

The Nebraska's dazzle scheme is by far the most catching to the eye but I wonder is it actually did anything because it is so uniform.

Are there any statistics out there to show it actually worked though?

HistoryPhD02 Apr 2014 6:37 a.m. PST

I see they didn't give an example of Italian camouflage

jgawne02 Apr 2014 7:46 a.m. PST

after WW1 the British Navy did a major study of the effectiveness of dazzle. This included looking at every torpedoing, and talking to German U boat commanders.

The finding was that they could not find ONE example of a torp. missing a ship, or a captain not taking a shot, because it was dazzle painted.

What they did find was that there was a substantial boost in crew morale when their ship was painted, as they felt like they had something to protect them.

Thus it was continued for a while, but eventually died out.

steamingdave4702 Apr 2014 8:33 a.m. PST

Interesting then that Germans in WW2 did use variants of dazzle. They obviously did not ask their U boat commanders from WW1 about its effectiveness. Or perhaps they were simply after the morale boost for the crews.

Ron W DuBray02 Apr 2014 9:12 a.m. PST

have you ever seen a photo taken from 2 to 5 miles out, it works very well. as long as you don't use pink or red.

thosmoss02 Apr 2014 5:50 p.m. PST


CCollins03 Apr 2014 7:52 p.m. PST

Was the Partridge Family touring Berlin?


rabbit03 Jun 2014 11:44 a.m. PST

Italian ship Zara



number423 Jun 2015 6:15 p.m. PST

The British army in Berlin didn't think it ridiculous link

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