Heer Vehicle Colors (1922-1945)

Bibliography
Panzer Tracts
Panzer Interior Colors
Achtung Panzer!
Jens Popp - JPS Modell

Exterior Colors

Dates

Base Coat

Color 1

Color 2

Color 3

Notes:

1927
to
7 November 1938

RAL 840 B2 Nr 3
Feldgrau-matt
#171b0c

RAL 840 B2 Nr 17
Erdgelb-matt
#695137

RAL 840 B2 Nr 18
Braun-matt
#5f3330

RAL 840 B2 Nr 28
Grün-matt
#0a2b18

Each color is applied in equal surface area; no two tanks are to be painted alike.

7 November 1938
to
31 July 1940

RAL 840 B2 Nr 46
Dunkelgrau
#181a19

RAL 840 B2 Nr 45
Dunkelbraun
#2d3122

N/A

N/A

Dunkelgrau over 2/3rds of surface, Dunkelbraun over the remaining 1/3rds

31 July 1940
to
February 1943
(Regular Paint)

RAL 840 B2 Nr 46
Dunkelgrau
#181a19

N/A

N/A

N/A


March 1941
(North Africa)

RAL 8000
Grünbraun
#78592d

RAL 7008
Khakhigrau
#554f35

N/A

N/A

RAL 8000 to color 3/4ths of vehicle, RAL 7008 to be applied in splotches.

March 1942
(North Africa)

RAL 8020
Sandgelb
#cfa984

RAL 7021
Schwartzgrau
#181a19

N/A

N/A

RAL 8020 to color 3/4ths of vehicle, RAL 7021 to be applied in splotches.

February 1943

RAL 7028
Dunkelgelb I
#645e46

N/A

N/A

N/A

New “Basic Camouflage”

“Ambush”
Scheme

RAL 7028
Dunkelgelb I
#645e46

RAL 6003
Oliv-Grün
#4c4e29

RAL 8017
Rotbraun
(Schokoladenbraun)
#2e1a19

N/A

Yellow, light grey, or white spots were painted onto green/brown areas, while green spots were applied on dark yellow areas.

October 31 1944

RAL 8012
Rotbraun
#4a2220

RAL 7028/1
Dunkelgelb II
#6c602e

RAL 8017
Rotbraun
(Schokoladenbraun)
#2e1a19



November 31, 1944

RAL 6003
Oliv-Grün
#4c4e29

RAL 7028/1
Dunkelgelb II
#6c602e

RAL 8017
Rotbraun
(Schokoladenbraun)
#2e1a19



Spring 1945

RAL 7028/1
Dunkelgelb II
#6c602e

RAL 8017
Rotbraun
(Schokoladenbraun)
#2e1a19

RAL 6003
Oliv-Grün
#4c4e29


Not known if this scheme was implemented widely due to large shortages of paint at this time.

Colors Authorized for Field Expedient Camouflage on top of Dunkelgelb I in February 1943.
(you can see this in the various “Octopus” Schemes)

RAL 6003
Oliv-Grün
#4c4e29

RAL 8017
Rotbraun
(Schokoladenbraun)
#2e1a19

RAL 8002
Signalbraun
#5c3a2e

Interior Colors

Dates

Engine
Compartment

Upper
Interior

Lower
Interior

Notes:

Early War until 1942

RAL 8012
Rotbraun Primer
#4a2220

RAL 1001
Elfenbein
#efeae4

RAL 7033
(Closest Match)

#6e7870

Interior of Hatches open to exterior were painted in the base exterior color, and due to less weathering, were brighter and shinier than the exterior paint. Engines were generally black.

Late 1942

RAL 8012
Rotbraun Primer
#4a2220

RAL 1001
Elfenbein
#efeae4

RAL 8012
Rotbraun Primer
#4a2220

Interior of Hatches open to exterior were painted in the base exterior color, and due to less weathering, were brighter and shinier than the exterior paint. Engines were generally black.

September 1944

RAL 8012
Rotbraun Primer
#4a2220

RAL 8012
Rotbraun Primer
#4a2220

RAL 8012
Rotbraun Primer
#4a2220

Interior of Hatches open to exterior were painted in the base exterior color, and due to less weathering, were brighter and shinier than the exterior paint. Engines were generally black.

Late 1944

RAL 8012
Rotbraun Primer
#4a2220

RAL 1001
Elfenbein
#efeae4

RAL 8012
Rotbraun Primer
#4a2220

Interior of Hatches open to exterior were painted in the base exterior color, and due to less weathering, were brighter and shinier than the exterior paint. Engines were generally black.

1945ish

RAL 8012
Rotbraun Primer
#4a2220

RAL 7028/1
Dunkelgelb II
#6c602e

RAL 8012
Rotbraun Primer
#4a2220

Many late-war interiors were finished in the same color as the base coat due to paint shortages in the factories.

Innenanstriche deutscher Panzer, 1937 - 1945

“The boundary between the Ivory und the Other Colour (red or grey-green) was somewhat arbitrary. Examples that I have observed are as follows:

Turrets were all Ivory inside with turret floors in the Other Colour, grey-green or red.

Legs supporting the turret floor were typically painted in both colours, with a cut-off line carefully painted exactly at the level of the inside turret rim. This is called "lack of imagination".

PzKfwg III und IV were painted Ivory on side und rear walls right down to the floor, with the floor, ammo bins und transmission unit in the Other Colour; also the Other Colour on the lower side walls right at the front. The dividing line in the PzKfwg III und StuG III was a convenient slanting strut beside the driver, in the PzKfwg IV it was an imaginary vertical line just inches forward of where the drum brakes cut the hull.

Inside the Tiger, the bottom of the sponsons was used as the boundary, und an imaginary waterline ran across the back wall at this level, dividing Ivory from the Other Colour.”