In the case of motorcycles this patch was applied to the top of the headlamp housing. By late European colours are common. Yes there were rules and regulations and yes "there was a war on" leading to supply problems and other deviations. I've mixed up a small sample to see how close I can get, and it's pretty close to the swatch in the back of the book. Disruptive colour in Middle East schemes.
By early a chronic shortage of chromium oxide chemical had become apparent which obliged the re-evaluation the camouflage colours in use. The authorities discontinued production of the two disruptive greens G4 and G5 in an effort to conserve chromium oxide and introduced a new range of suitable colours for all camouflage purposes.
This range later became BS. Meantime some of the colours from this new range went into immediate production and use. Two of these S. For wood and metal another disruptive colour, Dark Tarmac No. Research in Canada as of indicates that this colour may be a very dark blue-grey that could be described as black when seen in conjunction with Khaki Green No.
The bodies of vehicles were to continue to be painted with paint, spraying, Khaki Green, No. This order was concerned mainly with the painting of canvas covers and hoods of vehicles but was in addition a warning of a fundamental change in the camouflage style shortly to be adopted. The basic colour was still Khaki Green No.
Military Training Pamphlet No. Part 3 lists the new colours with idiosyncratic descriptions, not names. This scheme specified that all upturned surfaces were now to be painted the darker colour and blended into the side surfaces in undulating lines both from the roof and up the sides from shadow lower areas. This is the type of patterning illustrated in M. The names here are occasionally used in documents simply to give the reader some idea of what the hue was, they are not official names for the colour as none were ever applied to BS C: Although the new range of camouflage colours had been in use for several months it was only in September that a formal document, BS.
Despite wartime constraints this B. All of these paints being P. This basic colour then continued to be applied at works and army depots until the next major change in preparation for the invasion of Europe. A new colour, S. This new colour had been specially formulated for use in forthcoming operations in Europe.
It was intended to be similar in shade and tone to U. Army Olive Drab No. This means that any American built motorcycles in British and Commonwealth use initially remained the U.
The order also stipulated that vehicles will not be repainted simply to comply with the new colour regulation and will continue to be used in the early colours until repainting is due or necessary. I must mention one other point about motorcycles in the Middle East. It was usual for vehicles to be sent abroad in the UK basic colour since at the time of dispatch there was uncertainty that the ultimate destination would not change during transit, as in fact often occurred.
The pattern was actually applied as I have photographs of it applied to both solo and combination machines. From early only one of the two basic colours were applied and then in October of the colour changed to Desert Pink Z.
Zinc Iron , an earthy pink like a common house brick. Again repainting was not carried out until due or necessary. Hopefully this article has not been too long and boring, I have of necessity omitted many aspects of the orders but all of the basics are here. Now you can go ahead with confidence to restore your military machines accurately.
Although given through the text the Abbreviations used in this article are summerised below: A rmy C ouncil I nstructions A. A ir M inistery O rder M. M ilitary T raining P amphlet P. P repared F or U se S.
S tandard C amouflage C olours BS: B ritish S tandard FS: F ederal S tandard RAL: R eichs A usschuss für L ieferbedingungen German specifications started in Here a description of the colours given by Mike and mixes to make examples: A special colour scheme was used on the island of Malta. See Malta colourscheme page for more details. Bikes were painted at component level by the manufacturer. The original WD16H specifiation does give a good indication to the level of detail of different parts finishes.
It is relatively well known that in many cases, completed bikes were spray painted at field repair stations or depots. A nice example of this can be seen in picture from "Motorcycling" of Oct showing a completed bike being "freshened up" with a spray gun. Post war, many motorcycles were civilianised by painting them black with silver grey painted petrol tank and removing the obvious military additions like Vokes filters, black-out masks, trails front forks bump stops, crankcase bash shield, tubular foot rests, pannier carriers and bags, canvas handlebar grips etc.
A more limited amount can be found in all kinds of colours and different levels of chrome on them. In the early post war times, chrome was expensive and scarce, the riders short of money. Much chromed bikes are therefore a folly of recent times. Bikes returning from India often "suffer" from this extravaganza. Most 16H motorcycles found today are in the black and silver guise with various degrees of petrol tank lining resembling the original Norton practices. Just remember , whatever colour they have , they are fun to ride!
The pink shade applied to many restored jeep types is far too vivid. It was a colour used for a limited period post-war. So that readers who wish to may buy the model paints and try these for themselves to get an idea of the true colours. H is Humbrol paint, R is Revell paints, all enamels. This is critical on proportions. Back to change notice. By Steve Madde n , s ource: The Classic Motorcycle May Military colours "In response to the recent interest in the colours of military motorcycles, I have a little bit more information on the subject of WWII British motorcycle paint finishes.
SCC 2 brown like FS For illustrations of this and M. Although some were repainted many Lend-Lease vehicles retained their base coat of U. Interiors of tanks were silver from s until when gloss white first came into use.
Softskin vehicles were the basic colour inside. Softskins - As details above except;. Pre-war — — Tilts are a light canvas colour, in painted over with M. Tilts could also be dyed Khaki Green No. Photographs and film show this in use with M.
They also show M. Middle East practice was determined by local General Orders and, due to supply problems, more variation is apparent than that in Europe. By this pattern had changed somewhat but was the same on every tank and used the same colours.
This unit utilised other colours up to but the pattern remained. By this time various other units in Egypt has also adopted disruptive painting of various styles and colours.
O specified a basic colour of BS. This scheme appears relatively common in Egypt in summer of However about November a new scheme was specified in G. Os specify Light Stone No. A scheme for use in the Sudan specified Light Stone No. A variation of Caunter was applied for use in Greece during The actual pattern deviated in detail from an exact replication of the drawings so perusal of photographs is recommended here. Palestine , Malta , Trans-Jordan etc. This cancels GO of and GO of At first this may have been Slate in patterns similar to Caunter but later possibly Slate No.
This scheme varied immensely, from the neat appearance of stonework through crazy paving to straight lines like a chessboard. The colours varied from Khaki Green No. Another policy change issued this month. Colours to be used are: Desert pink occurs on its own as a single shade on vehicles of no tactical value and ACVs.
Some ACVs disguised as 10 ton trucks by application of specifically shaped black areas to resemble shadows and structure joins. Where dyed tilts were supplied from the UK and Commonwealth they were chemically bleached to a pale brown colour. O is cancelled by a new G. O with standardised drawings for certain type and classes of AFV and vehicles are decreed by the Camouflage Directorate including new colours for Tunisia , Sicily and Italy. Green seems to have been used too.
There are indications that Light Mud was used as early as March in Tunisia. By late European colours are common. In May S. Until vehicles appear to conform to ME or UK standards. Late or early in , S. There is a D. Due to coincidence of nomenclature this is evidence suggesting the use of S.
It goes on to say that this colour is too dark for clothing and personal equipment for the war against Japan. This conclusion probably led to the introduction of S.
Mike Starmer and Mike Cooper, The mixes here are the best at the time of writing. They represent matches for the standards rather than necessarily model colours. These are all based on primary research by Mike Starmer. Unless otherwise stated all paints are Humbrol.
Please disregard all earlier dated versions. Deep Bronze Green No. The basic colour pre-war on its own as a gloss finish. Very occasionally in with G3. Very dark yellow-green almost black green. Caunter scheme in M. Neither silver nor grey but a medium yellow-green, fades to blue-grey in extreme. A dark blue-grey, NOT Humbrol 96 which is uniform colour! Fades back to grey about A darkish dull grey-green. Mentioned in unofficial sources as possible use in Egypt in disruptive schemes.
A distinct red-orange colour. There is nothing simpler. Egypt by 6 RTC in until and 11 th Hussars from Some other units may have used it. A strong dark red. Light Purple Brown No. Specified for use as disruptive colour as patches or bands over Light Stone No. Possible use The Sudan and Greece. Strong red-brown with purple tinge. Egypt to by 6 RTC, 11 th Hussars and some other units. Interior of office bodied vehicles like ACVs and caravans. Medium toned yellow sand colour.
Now accurately available as Humbrol Adopted as basic colour in a two toned disruptive scheme specified in G. O of July A powerful yellow sand colour, became R. Mentioned once in a 13 corps document as short term basic shade for in Tunisia. Dark yellow brown, same family as above. Not easy but the only way yet. This is matched to two original equipment samples and a replicated sample.
The new basic colour until replaced in by S. Used with G4 and less often with G5 or occasionally on its own. This is a dark rich brown looking yellow—green. Higher contrast with G5 and much less so with Dark Green G4. A light green on a vintage vehicle has been examined which is probably this colour. An actual undamaged sample has yet to be examined. Provisionally Revell only is nearest.