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PAINT SCHEMES AND COMBAT IDENTIFIERS

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Seydlitz' Aft Turrets

In the period leading up to World War I, capital ships of the Hochseeflotte (High Seas Fleet) had adopted a standard paint scheme that would serve as the basis for German naval paint schemes up into World War II. An example is the above photo of the SMS Seydlitz showing the light grey superstructure, unpainted wooden decks with 200mm edging of tan paint on vertical surfaces that contact it, and lack of black paint on the turret tops or mainmast that show this is a pre-war photo. Also during this period novel identifiers were developed to assist German forces to identify their own ships, whether from the air or from other ships. Some are well known while others are more obscure...


Paint Scheme Overview

Paint Overview
An overview on the paint scheme used by German Capital Ships in World War 1, this article also talks briefly about some of the methods the Germans used to identify their ships in combat.



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Last Update on 03/24/2000

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