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JD Lee Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2020 5:55 a.m. PST

Does anyone know what color the few British tanks on Crete were?
I am using Vallejo paints.


The Nigerian Lead Minister25 Oct 2020 8:14 a.m. PST

Green. IIRC it was something called bronze green. I went with a darkish green and no one has said anything in the assorted Crete games I put on.

Legion 425 Oct 2020 8:17 a.m. PST

IIRC the UK had 16(?) Mk.VI Light Tanks and 8(?)Matilda IIs I-Tanks. Painted tan with a brown pattern to make it look like the stone walls found on the island.

Eclaireur25 Oct 2020 9:14 a.m. PST

Hi JD,
the MkVI tanks belonging to C Squadron 3rd Hussars. As far as I understand some were painted in the Caunter scheme and others in the standard pale stone. If you google around Ray Farran (one of the 3rd H officers who fought very bravely) and Crete you will find some interesting information about actions in Crete.

The Matildas were also in different schemes as far as I know. The 7 RTR squadron sent from Egypt had some in Caunter. The locally applied colour scheme mentioned by Legion 4, which produced a look not unlike a giraffe's colour scheme, is recorded in a well known photo of a Matilda in a Cretan olive grove. However most of the pictures taken by the Germans of knocked out vehicles seem to show more conventional pale stone or Caunter scheme.

Martin Rapier25 Oct 2020 10:25 a.m. PST

The 'stone wall' scheme was more common on Malta. As noted above, on Crete it was a bit of a mix.

Legion 425 Oct 2020 2:51 p.m. PST

Thanks for the update guys !

AndreasB26 Oct 2020 2:47 p.m. PST

Some info here but nothing on colours: link

All the best


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