New Figures from Corsar Rex

Corsar Rex has released new 1/35th-scale resin figures depicting WWII German troops in winter uniforms. The big set contains five figures — CR 35089: GERMAN SOLDIERS, Wehrmacht & Waffen SS, Big Sets — or each figure can be ordered individually — CR 35084: GERMAN SOLDIER, Wehrmacht; CR 35085: GERMAN SOLDIER, Wehrmacht; CR 35086: GERMAN SOLDIER, Wehrmacht; CR 35087: GERMAN SOLDIER, Waffen SS; and CR 35088: GERMAN SOLDIER, Waffen SS.

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Jagdpanzer IV Camouflage Stencils

J’s Work has released three airbrush camouflage scheme stencils for the Jagdpanzer IV:

  • No. PPA5124: Airbrush CAMO-MASK for 1/35 German Jagdpanzer IV (70) Lang Camouflage Scheme 1
  • No. PPA5125: Airbrush CAMO-MASK for 1/35 German Jagdpanzer IV (70) Lang Camouflage Scheme 2
  • No. PPA5126: Airbrush CAMO-MASK for 1/35 German Jagdpanzer IV (70) Lang Camouflage Scheme 3

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Bofors Guns Concealment in Dummy Tent

Bofors Guns Concealment Dummy Tent

Source: Engineer-in-Chief’s Consolidated Intelligence Summary, Nos. 1-17, Headquarters, Australian Military Forces, May 1944.
 

Panzer IV Color Photo

Rare color photograph of a camouflaged Panzer IV knocked out in Normandy in 1944. From the markings and camouflage, the Panzer IV appears to be from the German Panzer Lehr Division. U.S. Air Force Photo.

Panzer Lehr Division Panzer IV in Normandy, 1944, WWII
 

Painting the M4 Tank

Instructions for painting the M4 Sherman tank from the Technical Manual TM 9-731B: Medium Tank M4A2, January 1943.

Section XXV: PAINTING

145. PAINTING.

a. Ordnance materiel is painted before issue to the using arms. One maintenance coat per year will ordinarily be ample for protection. With but few exceptions, this materiel will be painted with ENAMEL, synthetic, olive drab, lusterless. The enamel may be applied over old coats of long oil enamel and oil paint previously issued by the Ordnance Department if the old coat is in satisfactory condition for repainting.

b. Paints and enamels, usually issued ready for use, are applied by brush or spray. They may be brushed on satisfactorily when used unthinned in the original package consistency or when thinned no more than 5 per cent by volume with THINNER. The enamel will spray satisfactorily when thinned with 15 per cent by volume of THINNER. (Linseed oil must not be used as a thinner in this enamel, since it will impart an undesirable luster.) If sprayed, enamel dries rapidly enough to permit repainting after one-half hour, and dries hard in 16 hours.

c. Certain exceptions to the regulations concerning painting exist. Fire-control instruments, sighting equipment, and other associated items will not be painted.

d. Complete information on painting is contained in TM 9-850.

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Retro-Camouflage

An E/A-6B Prowler and E/A-18G Growler of Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ 129 photographed at NAS North Island near San Diego. The aircraft are painted in three-tone camouflage paint schemes honoring U.S. Navy combat aircraft that fought in the Battle of the Coral Sea during World War II, including Air Group 85 which operated from USS Shangri-La (CV 38, nicknamed “Tokyo Express”). U.S. Navy Photographs, SP2 Joseph Moon & SP2 Briana C. Brotzman.

U.S. Navy Camouflage Scheme E/A-18G Growler Camouflage E/A-6B Prowler Camouflage E/A-18G Growler Camouflage Scheme
 

U.S. Army Camouflage Uniform

The rather rare U.S. Army camouflage HBT (herringbone twill) uniform being worn by soldiers of the 406th Infantry Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division during training. [Source: LoneSentry.com Collection.]

U.S. Army WWII HBT Camouflage Uniform, 406th Infantry Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division

© LoneSentry.com Collection

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Snow Camouflage for 90mm AAA Gun Battery

Diagram of snow camouflage for 90mm antiaircraft gun battery, from “Antiaircraft Artillery Notes,” No. 9, December 1944:

Snow Camouflage for 90mm AAA Antiaircraft Gun Battery

 

Disruptive Camouflage of Vehicles

How useful is disruptive camouflage on tanks and military vehicles? The following excerpt on camouflage is taken from the A Military Encyclopedia Based on Operations in the Italian Campaigns 1943-1945 by the G-3 Section, Headquarters 15th Army Group, Italy. The encyclopedia was designed to compile the knowledge gained by experience in operations in Italy by the 15th Army Group, including both the U.S. Fifth Army and the British Eighth Army.

Camouflage of Vehicles – Disruptive Painting

The general consensus of opinion among camouflage officers was that pattern painting was of dubious value because:

a. Varied terrain in Italy made standard patterns and colors impracticable.

b. When a unit was shifted from one sector to another, as was often necessary, their patterns and colors were revealing rather than concealing. Repainting before a move was nearly always impossible because of insufficient time.

c. Security was lost and units easily identified when units moved to different sectors.

d. Camouflage paints and personnel for supervision were often not available.

As a result of extensive study and experiment, all disruptive painting of vehicles in this theater was discontinued, except where specifically directed for a particular operation. The British discarded pattern painting of vehicles in favor of a lusterless olive drab.

New Zealand M4 Sherman Tank in Italy during WW2

Photograph of a New Zealand M4 Sherman tank showing a disruptive camouflage pattern.

New Zealand M4 Sherman Tank and Crew - WW2

Another view of the same New Zealand Sherman tank and its crew from a U.S. veteran's photo album in the website's collection.

 

Dummy Tanks

U.S. Army Signal Corps photograph from the site collection showing German dummy tanks in France which have been constructed on farm wagons:
Dummy Tanks - WW2 German
Original Caption:

ETO HQ 44 25496 13TH NOV
CREDIT… US ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
PHOTOG… PFC. J.W. LAPINE… 166
Dummy tanks used by Germans in attempt to mislead Allied air observation as to the number of tanks and guns deployed by them in the Luppy sector of France.
Passed for Publication as Censored, 14 NOV 1944, SHAEF Field Press Censor