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Whirlwind16 Nov 2022 7:50 a.m. PST

Which colour schemes would 2nd Armoured Division have used on their vehicles in April-May 1941, especially thinking of the captured Italian stuff? And is there a link to the relevant brigade and divisional markings anywhere?

Cerdic16 Nov 2022 12:26 p.m. PST

Sandy yellow. Can't go wrong…

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2022 1:11 p.m. PST

Some had that odd blue colour the Brits used in early war but as noted you can't go wrong with sandy yellow


Andrew LA18 Nov 2022 4:01 a.m. PST

For their normal vehicles/tanks etc they would have used the Caunter Scheme (there were a few variations).




I do not have any specific references on the captured Italian tanks – the few images I have seen of plastic model kits show them in plain sand/original italian scheme

Whirlwind21 Nov 2022 1:43 p.m. PST

Andrew, I have found some references to captured Italian tanks being painted in a very pale green scheme, although the specific examples seem to refer to those Italian tanks being used by the Australian 6th (?) Cavalry rather than 6 RTR.

Martin Rapier24 Nov 2022 1:26 a.m. PST

Many of the captured Italian tanks were still in European camouflage schemes, they only started being painted sand later on. "Benghazi Handicap" goes into the various permutations in some detail.

Tbh, on the odd occasion I've fielded 2AD in all its dubious glory, I just use my existing early war British and Italian vehicles and studiously ignore any colour anachronisms.

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