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number408 Apr 2016 10:33 p.m. PST

Looking to convert some plastic 1/72 figures into LCA crewmen for Normandy: what was the usual rig – khaki Battledress or Navy blue? Steel helmets green or Admiralty gray?

Martin Rapier09 Apr 2016 1:44 a.m. PST

My grandfather served on landing craft in ww2. Afaik he wore his standard RN blues, but he was pre war regular navy.

The beach parties seem to have worn khaki though.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2016 1:05 p.m. PST

Landing craft crew wore battledress judging by this:



Or maybe not…


Difficult isn't it!

Martin Rapier09 Apr 2016 10:16 p.m. PST

So it looks you can paint them whatever you like.

Sadly neither of my relatives who were at D-Day are around to ask any more.

number410 Apr 2016 1:28 p.m. PST

Top photo doesn't actually show the crew, but other photos from the same source all show a very dark uniform; compared with the infantry passengers, the helmets appear lighter so I'm going to go with navy gray for them. Oilskins seem to have been widely issued and will be an easy paint conversion from German WWI gunners in my spares box

22ndFoot11 Apr 2016 5:48 a.m. PST

For D-Day a significant number of LCA crews were Royal Marines. These men wore standard khaki battledress. They were subsequently formed into two brigades for the assault on Germany.

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