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Uncle Goblin24 Dec 2018 6:47 a.m. PST

Hi.

Does anybody knows which colours were used for the Flak 88 AA guns in 1944, please?.

I know the AT guns were painted in Dunkelgelb with brown and green as disruptive colours but as the Flak 88 was a Anti Air Luftwaffe gun I'm not sure if they were applied the same patterns or kept the Dunkelgrau in 1944.

I'm refering to Flak 37 or Flak 41, not the Pak 43.

Thank you.

Blutarski24 Dec 2018 7:10 a.m. PST

My belief, based upon the photographic record, is that color and camouflage varied considerably according to theater of operations, season and even availability of paint colors at the front.

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donlowry24 Dec 2018 10:12 a.m. PST

Not all 88s belonged to the Luftwaffe. Panzer divisions had flak battalions manned by Heer (Army) troops. And I do mean flak, not pac.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2018 1:09 p.m. PST

I suspect they would be dunkelgelb, at that late date.

I doubt anyone will complain if you use gray instead.

Lee49424 Dec 2018 2:19 p.m. PST

A friend of mine who owned a hobby shop where I bought my first tanks worked as forced labor in Germany in WWII. I was always pestering him for what color to paint my tanks. Always remember his answer … "the Germans never threw out a tank for what color it was". I suspect the same would apply for 88s! Cheers!

Martin Rapier25 Dec 2018 2:11 a.m. PST

Looking at photos of Flak positions with happy GIs posing next to the 88s, most of them seem to be dark grey. One or two are dunkelgelb, or dunkelgelb and camo.

A few of the dark ones have obviously been used as AT guns as they have kill rings.

So, paint them whatever colour you like.

Uncle Goblin25 Dec 2018 5:13 a.m. PST

Thank you very much to everyone. It's very helpful and needed information i needed.

And merry Christmas to all. :)

Lion in the Stars25 Dec 2018 11:34 p.m. PST

I just figured that most of the 88s got overhauled back at the factory sometime after February 1943, when the colors changed from Panzer Gray to Dunkelgelb.

Though I should mention that one friend of mine calls it 'German Victory Gray', as the Germans started losing as soon as they stopped painting their gear gray. evil grin

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