[130.Pz]Obsch Faust Akl
28th November 2006
I couldn't think of where else to post it, so it goes here :p Anyway, I was curious, about what color camo the German Army used for armor in France in 1940. I was under the impression that most of it was a simple black paint, but some friends have told me that they used a yellow-ish brown-ish splotch camo. I was wondering which would be correct, specifically for PZIIs, IIIs and IVs, 222s, and half-tracks and other transport vehicles.
*TRA* Spsk. Pilotka VVS
22nd June 2005
If you are really intrested: Amazon.com: Blitzkrieg: Armor Camouflage & Markings, 1939-1940 (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Soviet Union) - Specials series (6101): Books: Steven J. Zaloga But, I thought they were black.
30th May 2003
All German armour in France was painted overall dark grey. Only in early 1943 was dark yellow used as a base coat. I'm not sure about any camouflage schemes in 1940, but the books I'm using for research ("Camouflage of the German panzer forces 1939-1945") makes no mention of vehicles using anything other than overall dark grey in France.
praising the FH devs
22nd October 2006
From the same book Lightning[NL] did mention:
Most vehicles switched from a simple white cross to the well known black one with white double borders after the Poland campaign to reduce the visibility to enemy AT gunners. They also started to paint the Tanks Numbers and Divisional Markings in a deep yellow instead of white.
Cammo Patterns were not in use in Summer 1940 in France but most pictures show the vehicles more or less covered with dust. A few vehicles used vegetation as cammo.