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Barton, Chris

Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Victo Ngai. Barton recounts how design patterns camouflaged British and American ships to confuse German U-boat submarines during World War I. Royal Navy lieutenant-commander Norman Wilkinson proposed that a dazzlingly painted vessel would prevent attackers from determining the ship's speed and direction. Ngai's mixed-media illustrations artfully capture some of the thousands of ships painted by men and women civilian workers during the era. Reading list, timeline.

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