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Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2019 10:51 a.m. PST

One of these days I'm going to learn not to post from my phone…

So the question I was trying to ask is what color were the first Tigers that went into action in Russia in August/September of 1942? The timing would suggest Panzer Grey, but I've seen claims that all early Tigers were light olive green. Does anyone have any reliable info about the ones in Russia?


Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2019 11:25 a.m. PST

From my sources the first Tigers to go into combat belonged to s.PzAbt. 502 and were indeed Panzer Grey.

The Tigers of s.PzAbt. 501 deployed to Tunisia were in green.

The Tigers of s.PzAbt. 503 were supposedly repainted a dark yellow-green-olive color in the Summer of 1943

Beowulf Supporting Member of TMP Fezian01 May 2019 11:37 a.m. PST

Panzer Grey is correct.

Ryan T Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2019 3:25 p.m. PST

There is a recent thread on Missing-Lynx discussing this very question.


David Bryden starts off in the very first posting by linking to an article he is working on. Then come 10 pages of discussion with a good graph summing everything up on page 10.

The short answer is as Marc33594 and Beowulf state.

Martin Rapier01 May 2019 10:59 p.m. PST

As above, the Tigers in Russia were grey (I have a few grey Tigers for my 1942 era Germans). They got repainted dunkelgelb in 1943 the same as everything else.

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2019 11:43 a.m. PST

Thank you, gentlemen. As I suspected, but figured I'd check before I got started.

Martin Rapier03 May 2019 4:23 a.m. PST

Grey Tigers look rather imposing and scary.

As we know from Kellys Heroes, 1st SS Panzer Div were using grey Tigers in France in 1944;)

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP03 May 2019 3:05 p.m. PST

Just the grey ones, Martin?

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