colors and camouflage

The color and the camouflage of the vehicles of the Wehrmacht was changed several times during the course of the war. Sometimes the new regulations applied to new vehicles only, sometimes also to those already in use. Therefore, in the end, the Heer had a whole lot of different colors and camouflages in service. Some of those had actually been developed for specific periods of the year or specific regions, but later showed up elsewhere.

On the following original "Heeresmitteilungen" you will be able to retrace the history and data of these interesting facts. A vehicle that is being restored today, and that should be painted correctly, can be very much like an original and look completely as they did back then if you follow these specs.

It is important to know that the RAL codes in these documents do not correspond to the RAL codes we employ today. It is therefore sometimes difficult to figure out the correct shade of color that was used in the 1940s.

A similar problem doesn't exist with the camouflage, since it was always painted "by hand" by the troops, and it was not produced at the factory. Therefore no "correct" camouflage model existed (nor exists today). Instead, every camouflage corresponding to the indications in the "Heeresmitteilungen" is correct.

All documents are in German (original text) in the PDF format.

H. M. 1937, Nr. 340

H. M. 1938, Nr. 687

H. M. 1940, Nr. 864

Vorläufige Bedingungen für Anstrich (10.2.1941)

H. M. 1941, Nr. 281

H. M. 1941, Nr. 1128

H. M. 1942, Nr. 315

H. M. 1942, Nr. 600

H. M. 1943, Nr. 181

H. M. 1943, Nr. 322

H. T. V. BI. 1943, Nr. 39

H. T. V. BI. 1943, Nr. 376

H. V. 1945, Nr. 52

Genormte Anstriche