Dark Grey No. 46

Dark Grey No. 46 RAL 7021

Dark Grey Nr. 46, subsequently »Black Grey RAL 7021«, the dark grey base colour for large equipment (Großgerät) of the Wehrmacht1 introduced in 1937, which was replaced in February 1943 by the new base colour »Dunkelgelb nach Muster«. Apart from this very dark colour, »Moss Grey RAL 7003«, »Field Grey No. 2, RAL 7009«, and »Aviator Blue Grey RAL 7016« appear to have been used as base colours for grey vehicles as well. Steel helmets, gas mask cans, mess tins, ammunition boxed and other small equipment (Kleingerät) were initially painted »Field Grey No. 2, RAL 7009«2, from 1935 to war’s end »Field Grey No. 3, RAL 6006«, or »Dark Grey No. 46«, if it was carried on dark grey vehicles.

According to Heeresmitteilung (HMA) army bulletin No. 687 of 2 November 1938, large equipment was to receive disruptive patches of »Dark Brown No. 45, RAL 7017« that covered ⅓ of the dark grey base coat3. However, to the insufficient contrast between the two colours, this camouflage pattern did not offer any significant advantage over the monochromatic grey base colour, which was standardized with HMA No. 864 of 31 July 19404.

Dark Grey No. 46

  • Dark Grey RAL 7021, A-MIG-008
  • Dark Grey RAL 7021, AK-Interactive RC057
  • Black Grey RAL 7021, AK-Interactive RC341
  • Dark Grey RAL 7021 AFV, AK-Interactive AK11316
  • Dark Grey RAL 7021, Bombshell Brew 7021
  • Black Grey, Gunze TC-1
  • Black Grey, Humbrol 182
  • Panzer Grey RAL 7021, Mission Models MMP-014
  • Anthracite Grey RAL 7021, Revell 3610.9
  • Panzer/Black Grey 1939–1943, Testors Model Master 2094
  • Dark Grey RAL 7021, Tru-Color TCP-1445-2
  • Black Grey RAL 7021, Vallejo Model Color 70.862
  • Panzer Dark Grey, Vallejo Model Air 71.056
  • Panzer Grey, Xtracolor X800

Bibliography

  • Denecke, Johannes: Tarnanstriche des deutschen Heeres 1914 bis heute (Bonn 1999)

German Camouflage Patterns of World War Two


1. Denecke, Johannes: Tarnanstriche des deutschen Heeres 1914 bis heute (Bonn 1999), p. 21
2. Denecke, Johannes: Tarnanstriche des deutschen Heeres 1914 bis heute, p. 15
3. Denecke, Johannes: Tarnanstriche des deutschen Heeres 1914 bis heute, p. 21
3. Denecke, Johannes: Tarnanstriche des deutschen Heeres 1914 bis heute, p. 21