(01) Pz.Kpfw. V PANTHER

(01) Pz.Kpfw. V PANTHER

Color profiles: Arkadiusz Wróbel, text and captions: Robert Wróblewski
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Painting schemes of Panther tanks, like any other German combat vehicles of WWII era, evolved with time and were specific to various theaters of operations. Nevertheless, they were consistent with norms and standards operative in the German Armed Forces. Obviously, there were exceptions to the rules. Those were usually caused by lack of suitable paints and multiple overpainting of a particular vehicle.
A major change in the camouflage system of the German combat vehicles, which stemmed from frontline experiences, occurred in early 1943. It had been discovered that the commonly used dark gray color (Panzergrau) offered hardly any camouflage in open steppes of Russia. This fact led to mounting losses among the ranks of the Panzerwaffe. Following Army Communiqué (Heeresmitteilung) HM 1943 No. 181, dated 18th February 1943, the dark gray was replaced by dark yellow (RAL 7028) as the base color for all German vehicles, supplemented by red brown (RAL 8017) and olive green (RAL 8002). The three colors served to create a great variety of painting schemes. Factory-fresh vehicles were supplied in the dark yellow factory base coat, to be painted at unit level with disruptive patterns of red brown and olive green according to regional and seasonal requirements. In winter most Panthers were painted with white distemper. Winter coatings differed, too. Some tanks were carefully camouflaged, whereas others only perfunctorily. In some cases only turrets were whitewashed. There were also more elaborate patterns in use, aimed at breaking up the outline of the vehicle.
In September 1944 Zimmerit (a coat of non-magnetic plaster which covered armor plates to prevent a magnetic mine from clinging to the metal) was phased out of use. This decision shortened production time by six days. At the same time that the Zimmerit use was discontinued, the increasingly unfavorable strategic situation faced by the Panzerwaffe demanded another revision of the camouflage colors and patterns it used. A new olive green color (RAL 6003) was introduced. It was slightly darker than its predecessor, while the new red brown (RAL 8012) was of more red tinge. However, old paints from stocks were also in use. Hence, in some cases new vehicles featured old colors, while older tanks sported new paints. Beginning with November 1944, the M.N.H. (Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen-Hannover) plant delivered tanks with red oxide primer as the base color, supplemented by patches of dark yellow, olive green and red brown. Due to shortages of the dark yellow paint (RAL 7028), at times it was replaced by the darker RAL 7021.
The final stage of the war saw a breach of all camouflage systems and rules. Panthers, like any other German armor vehicles, were simply painted with what was still at hand. Since the dark yellow paint was increasingly hard to come by, olive green or even red brown colors were used instead as base colors.
Robert Wróblewski

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A, coded “200”, of Hptm. Cramer, I Battalion, 1st Panzer Regiment, 1st Panzer Division; Zytomierz area, November 1943. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “413”, of Hptm. Graf von Lüttichau’s I Battalion, 1st Panzer Regiment, 1st Panzer Division; Poland, summer 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “522”, of Hptm. Mischke’s company, II Battalion, 1st Panzer Regiment, 1st Panzer Division; Lake Balaton, February 1945. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “131”, of the 1st SS Panzer Regiment, 1st SS Panzer Division; the Ardennes, December 1944.  [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “221”, of SS-Scharführer Knappich, 1st SS Panzer Regiment, 1st SS Panzer Division; the Ardennes, December 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]


Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A, coded “424”, of Maj. von Lehsten’s I Battalion, 3rd Panzer Regiment, 2nd Panzer Division; Normandy, June 1944.  [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. D, coded “321”, of 2nd SS Panzer Regiment, 2nd SS Panzer Division; Russia, summer 1943.  [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A, coded “111”, commanded by SS-Obersturmführer Schramm of 3rd SS Panzer Regiment, 3rd SS Panzer Division; Siedlce (Poland), late July 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “331”, of Lt. Goldhammer’s company, 35th Panzer Regiment, 4th Panzer Division; Poland, July 1944.  [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “113”, of Hptm. Küspert’s company, 35th Panzer Regiment, 4th Panzer Division; Latvia, August 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A, coded “135”, of Hptm. von Wilmsdorff’s I Battalion, 31st Panzer Regiment, 5th Panzer Division; Byelorussia, summer 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “213”, of 31st Panzer Regiment, 5th Panzer Division; Goldap area (Poland), November 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A, coded “II011”, commanded by SS-Untersturmführer Renz of 5th SS Panzer Regiment, 5th SS Panzer Division; Kovel (Ukraine), spring 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A, coded “801”, was the mount of the CO of the 8th company, SS-Untersturmführer Nicolussi-Leck, of 5th SS Panzer Regiment, 5th SS Panzer Division; Poland, August 1944.  [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G (IR), coded “324”, of Hptm. Dreier’s I Battalion, 11th Panzer Regiment, 6th Panzer Division; Czechoslovakia, spring 1945.  [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A, coded “96”, of Hptm. Pfannkuche’s II Battalion, 33rd Panzer Regiment, 9th Panzer Division; Normandy, August 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “121”, of 9th SS Panzer Regiment, 9th SS Panzer Division; the Ardennes, December 1944.  [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “432”, of 15th Panzer Regiment, 11th Panzer Division; Germany, spring 1945.  [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]


Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A, coded “304”, of SS-Obersturmführer von Ribbentrop, the commander of 3rd company, 12th SS Panzer Regiment, 12th SS Panzer Division; Normandy, June 1944.  [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “126”, of SS-Sturmbannführer Jurgensen’s I Battalion, 12th SS Panzer Regiment, 12th SS Panzer Division; the Ardennes, December 1944.  [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. D, coded “12”, of Hptm. Bollert’s I Battalion, 2nd Panzer Regiment, 16th Panzer Division; Russia, November 1943. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “242”, of I Battalion, 39th Panzer Regiment, 17th Panzer Division; Czechoslovakia, spring 1945.  [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded” 201”, of Hptm. Greten, the commander of 2nd company, 27th Panzer Regiment, 19th Panzer Division; Warsaw, September 1944.  [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A, coded “701”, of Hptm. Fischer’s II Battalion, 23rd Panzer Regiment, 23rd Panzer Division, Cherkassy area, January 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A, coded “601”, of 23rd Panzer Regiment, 23rd Panzer Division; Poland, August 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G of 5th Panzer Battalion, 25th Panzer Grenadier Division; the Ardennes, January 1945.  [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “333”, of 5th Panzer Battalion, 25th Panzer Grenadier Division; area east of Berlin, April 1945. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “I02”, of Hptm. Hanemann’s 2015th Panzer Grenadier Batallion, 105th Panzer Brigade; Belgium, September 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “312”, of 2106th Panzer Battalion, 106th Panzer Brigade; September 1944.  [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G of Maj. Tebbe’s I Battalion, 16th Panzer Regiment, 116th Panzer Division; the Ardennes, December 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “533”, of 130th Panzer Regiment, 130th Panzer Lehr Division; the Ardennes, December 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]


Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A, coded “314”, of I Battalion, ‘Großdeutschland’ Panzer Regiment, Panzergrenadier Division ‘Großdeutschland’; Latvia, summer 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A, coded “N1”, of Maj. Pössl’s I Battalion, ‘Großdeutschland’ Panzer Regiment, Panzergrenadier Division ‘Großdeutschland’; Latvia, summer 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “301”, of Maj. Schmidt’s battalion, Führer Grenadier Brigade; the Ardennes, December 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “123”, of I Battalion, Feldherrnhalle Panzer Regiment, Panzer Division ‘Feldherrnhalle 1’, Czechoslovakia, spring 1945. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “209”, of Panzer Division ‘Feldherrnhalle 2’; Czechoslovakia, spring 1945. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

PzKpfw V Panther Ausf. G, coded “R01”, of Maj. Rossmann, the commander of the Fallschirm Panzer Regiment, 1st Fallschirm Panzer Division ‘Hermann Göring’; Goldap area, October 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A, coded “214”, of Hptm. Schultz’s company, I Battalion, 4th Panzer Regiment; Italy, August 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A, coded “432”, of Lt. Weidemann’s company, I Battalion, 24th Panzer Regiment; Normandy, summer 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “435”, of Rittmeister Weideman’s I Battalion, 24th Panzer Regiment; Lake Balaton, January 1945. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “101”, of Hptm. Graff von Rothkirch’s I Battalion, 26th Panzer Regiment; Latvia, summer 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A, coded “428”, z 1st SS Panzer Regiment, 1st SS Panzer Division; Ukraine, January 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. D, coded “445”, of 51st Panzer Battalion, Karachev area, August 1943. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. D, coded “824”, of 52nd Panzer Battalion; Kursk, July 1943. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “411”, of I Battalion, 25th Panzer Regiment, 7th Panzer Division; Latvia, summer 1944. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. D, coded “I 01” of Maj. Sivers’s I Battalion, 15th Panzer Regiment, 11th Panzer Division; Ukraine, late 1943. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G, coded “215”, of Maj. Wilkens’s I Battalion, 27th Panzer Regiment, 19th Panzer Division; Czechoslovakia, spring 1945. [Painted by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

 

 

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