In 2011, declassified CIA documents shed light on a covert government program dating back to WWII. At its center was a submersible craft built for a hypothetical invasion of Japan.
Explore the dark side of naval warfare--a world of deception, double-dealing, and disguised vessels--throughout the first half of the 20th century. See how Britain's Royal Navy attempted to fool German U-boats through the technique of "dazzle painting," then look at the ingeniously designed Gizmo, an American spy vessel that never made it beyond American waters.
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