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Ivan Zaitzev

Looking for a source on German camo

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I'm looking for a book or a website that shows the type of camo the Germans used on their vehicles through the war (1939-1945) and theaters. If there are explanations as to why that camo was chosen, even better.

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I haven't tried to find any websites on the subject, but forty years or so ago I was collecting books and magazines devoted to it. I no longer have them in my possession, but one title sticks out in my memory: Panzer Colors. If you try searching under that name, you might come up with something.

Michael

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I tried following my own advice and immediately came up with this:

https://www.amazon.com/Panzer-Colors-Camouflage-German-1939-1945/dp/0897470575 

There are apparently three volumes, so depending on how much you are willing to spend, you could get quite a lot of information. And Squadron/Signal usually does a pretty good job with this sort of thing.

Michael

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Ivan Zaitsev,

George Bradford,  founder of  the. amazing AFV  News, wrote the   below classic, which. is  theater specific but excellent.

https://www.amazon.com/Armour-Camouflage-Markings-Africa-1940-43/dp/0853681015

Scribd  has. many back issues of AFV-G2, a magazine founded by. Jim Steuard,  a  former American. tanker. and ordnance grog so hardcore he. towed a Nebelwerfer behind his  station. wagon when he moved to. California!   Every issue had a super detailed camouflage and markings article, of which  many  were WW II German. As if that wasn't enough, each article had a paint chip carefully matched to the best available info on the actual paint, together with exact instructions  on how to mix it using Floquil paint.

I detest WoT, but the blogs and videos can be quite useful.

http://ftr.wot-news.com/2015/02/24/german-camouflage-and-tactical-markings-part-i-by-agarestretiak/

https://mistertretiakpresents.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/world-war-2-german-camouflage-and-tactical-markings-part-2/

FoW doesn't float my boat, either, and the armored attacks look ludicrous, but this  article is really good and the bibliography juicy.

https://www.flamesofwar.com/hobby.aspx?art_id=2118

There's lots more to be had, but these should prove useful.

Regards,

John Kettler

 

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1 hour ago, John Kettler said:

Scribd  has. many back issues of AFV-G2, a magazine founded by. Jim Steuard,  a  former American. tanker. and ordnance grog so hardcore he. towed a Nebelwerfer behind his  station. wagon when he moved to. California!   Every issue had a super detailed camouflage and markings article, of which  many  were WW II German. As if that wasn't enough, each article had a paint chip carefully matched to the best available info on the actual paint, together with exact instructions  on how to mix it using Floquil paint.

A copy of this fortuitously fell into my hands almost 40 years ago that had the markings for both the German and British vehicles in North Africa complete with paint chips. I relied on it when I painted my 1/285th. miniatures and they turned out just fine. I still had my copy up until three years ago when it went out with my library in The Big Clean Out. The instructions for Floquil were a life saver.

Michael

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