British Dazzle System Contemporary drawing of a camouflage system developed in 1917-1918 by the British Admiralty and widely used by navies and merchant marines of both the United Kingdom and the United States. It was intended to produce confusion in determining a ship's course, speed and distance. A description of this camouflage system is on page 40 of The Science of Low Visibility and Deception as an Aid to the Defense of Vessels Against Attack by Submarines, by Lindell T. Bates. Published by the Submarine Defense Association, New York City, 1918. In 1974 the original volume was in Record Group 45 at the U.S. National Archives. This drawing is Figure 19 of that publication. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.