Book Review-‘Dazzle: Disguise and disruption in war and art’ by J. Taylor

By David J. B. Smith, published December 2020


The paradox of camouflage has been intrinsically linked to strategic maritime warfare for centuries. Seaborne concealment of ancient naval vessels was largely achieved by a clever choice of hull colour while also incorporating dyed sails. By the age of steam, making smoke was always an opportunistic screen to hide behind – until the wind changed. This eye-catching new book sees James Taylor introduce Norman Wilkinson, the creator of Dazzle: a two-toned camouflage paint scheme conceived to deceptively enhance or replace the obligatory battleship grey…

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