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

Continue reading Jagdpanzer IV Camouflage Stencils

Bf 109 Decals from Alliance Model Works

New 1/48th-scale and 1/32nd-scale Bf 109 decal sheets Alliance Model Works: AW037 1:32 Bf109 Unit Badges Decal Set and AW036 1:48 Bf109 Unit Badges Decal Set.

Bf 109 unit emblem decals

New Airplane Insignia

Introduction of new aircraft insignia by the U.S. Navy and Army in WWII from Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin, NAVPERS, August 1943:

New Aircraft InsigniaThis is the new airplane insignia adopted by the U.S. Navy and Army after much experimenting. The old insignia, consisting of a white star in a circular field of blue, and also the red dot of Japan and the black cross of Germany, were found to resolve into invisibility at the same distance from the eye. As they came closer, all appeared in the form of a dot. The new marking consists of the white star in the field of blue, with the addition of a white rectangle attached horizontally at the right and left of the circle, plus a red border enclosing the entire device. At a greater distance the new marking will maintain the shape of a long, narrow bar, making confusion with the enemy less likely. Navy and Army planes over the world will switch immediately.


Vehicle Paint Problems

Vehicle paint problems from Army Motors, Vol. 6, No. 5, August 1945.

Jeep Paint Markings

Dear Half-Mast,

We’ve had a lot of trouble with gasoline-soluble paint, used to paint the large service command insignia on administrative vehicles and the national symbol on tactical vehicles. The nomenclature is Paint, gasoline-soluble, lusterless (paste), white; Fed. Stock No. 52-P-2732. This problem came to a head at our last inspection by the CG, who was able to wipe the things off by hand. We’ve also found that rain causes them to run and wash away or fade.

How can we prevent this?

— Lt. R. W. G.


Dear Lieutenant,

It’s now okay to use Enamel, synthetic, stenciling, lusterless, white (Fed. Stock No. 52-E-8400-275) for the star on all motor vehicles assigned to tactical units and AGF installations, and on administrative vehicles in theaters of operations as directed by the theater commander. Says so in AR 850-5 (15 Feb. 45).

This white enamel should also be used for registration numbers. If yours are still blue, AR 850-5 says repaint ’em by 15 Aug. 45.

For any other national symbol, as directed by the Commanding General, ASF, for vehicles assigned to service command installations, gasoline-soluble paint will still be used. Likewise for unit identification markings, tactical markings, and weight-class markings—which ain’t necessarily permanent.

— Half-Mast


Vehicle Signs and Shoulder Titles

The following short remarks on vehicle unit markings and unit uniform markings was printed in “Intelligence Lessons from North Africa, Operation Torch” by the Office of Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2, Allied Force Headquarters, March 1943.

Vehicle Signs and Shoulder Titles

Formations and units should arrive in the theater without vehicle signs and shoulder titles. There has been some evidence that formation moves towards the front have been traced by this means.

It is considered that Army Commanders should be empowered to replace vehicle signs and shoulder titles when considered necessary for the purpose of traffic control or morale. Generally speaking, they can, from a security point of view, be replaced sooner in Army and Corps Troop units, as these cover a wide area.


B-24 Liberator “Boise Bronc”

B-24 Liberator “Boise Bronc” of the 320th Bomb Squadron, 90th Bomb Group photographed in Palawan, Philippines in July 1945. The B-24 “Boise Bronc” was named after the football team from Boise Junior College (now Boise State University). Source: U.S. Air Force.
Nose Art of B-24J Boise Bronc of 320th BS 90th BG in Philippines

Stores Markings

Chart of supply stores markings from Combined Operations Staff Notebook 1945, Combined Operations Command, September 1945:

WW2 Amphibious Operations Beach Stores and Supply Flags and Markings

Stores Distinguishing Marks


Factory Publishing Books

World War II armor reference books from The Factory Publishing:

  • Commonwealth Shermans in Italy
    by Dennis Oliver
  • Hermann Göring Panzer Division in Sicily (Campaign Series)
    by Claude Gillono
  • Jungle Armour: British and Indian Army Shermans in the Far East (Colour and Markings Series)
    by Dennis Oliver
  • New Breed: Part 1, North Africa (Colour and Markings Series)
    by Dennis Oliver and Michael Starmer
  • North Irish Horse
    by Gerry Chester
  • Panzers of Kasserine: The Afrika Korps in Tunisia (Campaign Series)
    by Claude Gillono
The New Breed North Africa

New Breed: Part 1, North Africa (Colour and Markings Series) by Dennis Oliver and Michael Starmer

Continue reading Factory Publishing Books

Aircraft Insignia

Aircraft Insignia poster prepared and distributed by Army Orientation Course, Special Service Division, Army Service Forces, U.S. War Department, 1943.
WW2 Aircraft Insignia 

12th Army Group Provost Marshal

A rare set of bumper code markings for a jeep of the Provost Marshal Section of the 12th Army Group.

Jeep of 12th Army Group Provost Marshal Section