In the First World War, the Allies were desperately searching for ways to counteract the effectiveness of the German U-Boat fleet. This was an entirely new form of warfare, and as such, there were no experts they could turn to for assistance, and no veterans with any experience. As such, unlike most other arenas of combat in WWI, the Admiralty was willing to turn to more innovative and creative solutions. One such tactic was the use of dazzle camouflage.
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The U-Boat, stealth technology that changed the face of warfare.
There can be little doubt that the U-Boat goes down in history as one of the greatest Stealth weapons ever developed. By utilizing tactics and technologies geared towards avoiding detection and disabling their opponents’ abilities to counterattack or effectively defend themselves, the U-Boat served as an impressive equalizer against the might of the British Royal Navy. It could easily be argued that the tactics employed by the Germans in neutralizing a far superior naval power led to the dramatic rise of guerrilla warfare in the 20th Century.
What the average person may not realize, however, is that the rise of submarine warfare, and possibly the First World War, where U-Boats first figured prominently, was a direct result of a birth defect. Indeed, the entire history of warfare in the 20th Century can, in a way, be traced to a single physician.
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Insert obligatory "Scotty" joke here.
Submarines are cramped, claustrophobic spaces. Since the earliest days of submariners, designers of these undersea craft have been faced with the daunting challenge of finding the appropriate balance between having enough space to fit all the men and equipment required to make a functioning warship, and making the [...]