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When: 01 January 1917

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Description: "Experimental launch painted with Mr Tudor-Hart's method of camouflage for ships (deemed unsuccessful)".

Date: 1917

Our Catalogue Reference: CN 1/25

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    • 16/Feb/2009 15:57:40

    Deception was an important part of the arsenal of the military during wartime. Winston Churchill said it was an "element of léger de main (slight of hand), an original and sinister touch, which leaves the enemy puzzled as well as beaten."

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    Biggles Flies!

    • 24/Mar/2010 16:49:10

    I think this was known as "dazzle" camouflage.Can anyone confirm?

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    The National Archives UK

    • 24/Mar/2010 17:07:36

    It's a sort of proto-dazzle. This was actually a rival to Norman Wilkinson's dazzle style of camouflage. Proper dazzle uses fewer, wider stripes and focuses on breaking up distinct areas of the ship (e.g. the funnels). Tudor-Hart had the right idea but his method didn't really work.

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    " Artisan's Photography " by Roy McBride

    • 10/May/2011 17:41:40

    A guy could go cross eyed painting it !