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Old 05-17-2018, 02:35 PM   #1
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Hi Panzer friends,

Can any one tell me why in the early years of the war the panzers were not in camoflage colours but in panzer grey/blue?

All the best,
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Old 05-17-2018, 03:51 PM   #2
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Because, since 1939 for the German armored machinery uniform blue-gray color has been accepted. All external parts and inside of the hatches opening outside completely became covered by him. From within light-cream paint was used.
Negligence to masking is explained by domination of the German troops at that time and their application at tactics of blitzkrieg meaning the rapid attacks.
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Old 05-18-2018, 01:23 AM   #3
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ok, thx!
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Old 05-18-2018, 02:35 AM   #4
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Its all to do with who has command of the air.

Pre-war most armies used a single darkish colour to be their military vehicle colour, grey for Germany and various shades of green for the Britain, Russia, Italy and the USA, it was simply a suitable military colour, but it is not camouflage, a one colour green or grey vehicle will still be easily seen in the countryside.

During the many German advances of the Blitzkreig era, when the Luftwaffe had command of the air, grey was fine, and even swastika flags were laid out on vehicles to make then even more obvious to their aircraft.

However from late 1942 and early 1943 onwards, everything changed for the Germans, they no longer ruled the air and needed to hide their vehicles most of the time, and it got worse and worse for them until wars end.

So three colour camouflage was introduced to help with situation.

The opposite of course occurred for the Allies, from late 1942 onwards not only were most US and British vehicles just painted one or two dark colours, they even painted huge white stars on them to make sure that their aircraft could see who they were, they had little to fear from the Luftwaffe in the later years of WW2.

cheers lennard.
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Old 05-18-2018, 06:18 AM   #5
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there is a good book from Johannes Denecke
tarnanstiche des deutschen Heeres 1914 bis heute
Bernard graefe Verlag
plenty of info and with pictures
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Old 05-23-2018, 11:04 AM   #6
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Overall Lennard is correct - but here are a few important clarifications.
1) All German Army equipment was painted in three colour camouflage until mid 1937.
2) Until the end of June 1940 all equipment was camouflaged with two colours 66% dunkelgrau (Dark grey) and 34% dunkelbraun (Very dark brown).
3) From July 1940 until February 1943 there was only one colour dunkelgrau.

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Old 05-23-2018, 12:02 PM   #7
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three colour camouflage:
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:52 AM   #8
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Thx for your answers.

Grtz, Blitz
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