Razzle Dazzle

United States Navy Ship Camouflage in World War I

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About the Book

During World War I, American merchant ships were given oddly colored paint jobs to distort their profiles at sea. Dubbed “razzle-dazzle,” these camouflage patterns were believed responsible for dramatic decreases in Allied shipping losses.
This book examines the real (and more compelling) factors that made a difference in the survivability of merchant shipping: the various measures taken principally by the U.S. Navy, including the use of convoys and destroyer escorts, along with some innovative naval technologies. At the same time, advances in America’s shipbuilding industry and the development of the nation’s first major on-the-job training program enabled mass production of merchant ships at a record pace.

About the Author(s)

During his 35-year federal and not-for-profit career James H. Bruns has served as Director of the Department of the Navy’s Museum System, with administrative oversight of the Navy’s nine national Museums. He lives in Lorton, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

James H. Bruns
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 270
Bibliographic Info: ca. 250 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8763-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4707-4
Imprint: McFarland