Thursday, May 16, 2013


Initially used during the First World War, its intent was to misguide enemy submarines by distorting the ships position, direction and speed. The monotone white-to-black color schemes were thought to break up the ships silhouette, not concealing but confusing would-be predators. Was it a success? Studies gauging shipping losses before and after it's use were found to be inconclusive, but it didn't keep it from being used, albeit sparingly, into the Second World War.

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