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Winter camouflage

 

 

 

 

 

The necessity of a camouflage colour for winter campaigns had been realised on German side in 1941. AHM Nr. 1128 from 18th November 1941 regulated the painting of the equipment during winter. White, washable colour could be requested on the official routine. If this colour arrived at the front troops in sufficient quantities in the winter 1941/42, is doubtful. The troops had to improvise like so often. All available methods had to be used. The vehicles were camouflaged with white colour, whitewash, chalk and sometimes they were covered with white sheets or white curtains.
With AHM Nr. 181 from 22 nd February 1943, it was stated that the camouflage coating in snow covered areas should be made with white emulsion paint based on TL 6345 until further notice. A white Tarnpaste – camouflage paste – should be introduced at a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

m_gl_Einh_PKW_Kfz_17_KabelmessKw_in_WintertarnungThis Kabelmesskraftwagen (Kfz. 17) mit Einheitsfahrgestell für m. Pkw. was nearly completely covered with whitewash. The partly visible grey basis colour increased the camouflage effect.

 

 

 

 

 

Mercedes_Benz_L_3000_S_mit_Funkkoffer_eingeschneit_bei_Staraja-RussaUsually, the whit camouflage colour was applied with brushes, bristles and with many other methods. An application of the white water containing colour with the airbrush was usually impossible due to the cold temperatures.

 

 

 

 

 

m_gl_Einh_PKW_Kfz_17_Fukw_Tarnanstrich_in_russ_DorfThis Kfz. 17 showed a winter camouflage finish consisting of larger patches painted over the dark-grey base colour. Note the unit emblem of a rabbit in a shield. Most probably, it belonged to a heavy army artillery battalion.

 

 

 

 

 

Lkw_WintertarnungThis photo makes clear under which condition winter camouflage finish had to be applied in most cases. Note the inadequate painting equipment in form of a broom.

 

 

 

 

 

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