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ABOUT DAZZLE SHIPS
During World War I, British and American ships were painted with bold colors and crazy patterns from bow to stern. Why would anyone put such eye-catching designs on ships?
Desperate to protect ships from German torpedo attacks, British lieutenant-commander Norman Wilkinson proposed what became known as dazzle. These stunning patterns and colors were meant to confuse the enemy about a ship's speed and direction. By the end of the war, more than four thousand ships had been painted with these mesmerizing designs.
ABOUT CHRIS BARTON
Chris Barton, author of bestseller Shark vs. Train and nonfiction books The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, The Nutcracker Comes to America, and The Day-Glo Brothers, lives in Austin, Texas with his family.
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