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26 Nov 2019 6:30 a.m. PST
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Prof Pate25 Nov 2019 1:21 p.m. PST

I know, i know mud and dust. But I wondering what was the offical starting pount.

Did French use US olive drab, if so which one? I haven't seen any offical camo patterns or did French army start manufacturering their own colour straight after war.

Was the lend lease stuff (e.g. 2e DB) stay in Olive Drab too?

I would welcome suggestions for paints to use forthese colours.

Thanks John

catavar25 Nov 2019 8:52 p.m. PST

All my French Indochina AFV's (1945-54) are done in olive drab. I think most French AFV's during that time were US made and retained their factory paint job. Some M24 Chafee's at DBP were camo'ed up but I don't believe that was typical.

The French also make use of British AC's and Japanese tanks but I doubt they bothered to repaint them.

I don't know what colors they used in France. I seem to remember reading that the French made use of ex-German Panther Tanks for a short period. Unfortunately, I don't recall how they were painted. Good luck with your research.

dwight shrute27 Nov 2019 4:54 a.m. PST

these painting guides are wonderful auction

Prof Pate27 Nov 2019 1:52 p.m. PST

Thanks for assistance

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