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JD Lee Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2012 7:11 a.m. PST

Does anyone know the color schemes used by the Germans on captured Sherman Tanks?
Some were kept to look like American but how were the others painted?
Any help (or examples) would be much appreciated.

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2012 7:29 a.m. PST

Sometimes captured tanks were sent to other fronts so the chance of them being mistaken for enemy vehicles was reduced.

In many cases the Germans didn't have the time or the resources to repaint captured tanks. They did include very conspicuous markings to make sure they weren't mistaken for enemy tanks


If they had enough time, the Germans might repaint a tank in some appropriate German pattern. But given that captured tanks were often short of spare parts and their life expectancy was quite short it wasn't a priority.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2012 8:47 a.m. PST

I don't that there were any German Shermans at the Bulge.

Fatman07 Dec 2012 9:21 a.m. PST

As far as I am aware there were only two or three and all were left in allied coulors because the ony reason they were used was as lead elements to confuse the defenders


21eRegt07 Dec 2012 10:31 a.m. PST

According to Wikipedia link Skorzenzy had one running Sherman at the beginning.

boy wundyr x Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member07 Dec 2012 4:00 p.m. PST

I just like the way "German Sherman" rolls off the tongue…

tuscaloosa07 Dec 2012 7:00 p.m. PST

Chaplain Herman, of the German Sherman, will now give a sermon.

jgawne Inactive Member08 Dec 2012 7:31 a.m. PST

There wqa at least one Stuart and one Sherman captured by the Germans at Brest. Photos of the Stuart which all they did was paint some crosses on it. (pictures of it in The Amnericans in Brittany) From talking to veterans, the Sherman was the same- left in OD and just some markings on it. Of course, these tanks were not really able to be pulled back of the lines and redone as they were in the pocket. Hoever, such use was not common, for a number of reason.

Etranger Inactive Member10 Dec 2012 1:09 a.m. PST

See link

Pz Brigade 150 had (probably) 1 Sherman in use & 1 under repair. The Fallshirmjager captured & used several, with one shown in the above thread. They were just overpainted with german crosses by the look of the example shown.

One of six Shermans captured by 5. Fallschirmjäger-Division in Wiltz which were pressed into service. This one was abandoned in Esch-sur-Sūre, 18 km south of Wiltz. Nothing "Skorzeny" about it.

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