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Prince Alberts Revenge05 Jan 2013 5:08 p.m. PST

Can anyone help me with the Ottoman/Turkish wartime and peacetime colors? I am specifically interested for the time period before and during the Balkans War of 1912/13. Thanks!

BrianW06 Jan 2013 12:25 a.m. PST

Mal Wright did an article on WWI colors for the various navies, and this is what he has to say about the Ottomans:

Turkish major ships were normally painted in a pale khaki, and the wooden decks (being less scrubbed) were darker. This was because of their role as a mostly coastal navy. Pale, yellowish khaki concealed them against coastlines in their area of operation.
Under German influence, some ships were re-painted grey.
Canvas was painted in khaki as well, but this was far from standard. Waterlines, where painted in, were red.
Torpedo boats were normally black or, later, khaki.

Unfortunately, this is all I can find right off hand.
EDIT: I did find one drawing of a destroyer that might give an example of the khaki paint job:


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