1.  P u b l i c a t i o n  o n  "P a i n t i n g  o f  g e r m a n  a r m y  d e v i c e" -  2 0 2 0


Early 2020, the first summarized german/english version of the publication "Painting of german army device" will be published. Further information will follow in due course.

Dear collectors: If you own german Heer-equipment (especially large equipment) in the original paint and would like to make pictures of it available for the first upcoming publication, please contact me. The source will be given, of course. Thank you very much!

2.  P u b l i c a t i o n  " P a i n t i n g s   a n d   C a m o u f l a g e   o f   t h e   g e r m a n   a r m e d   f o r c e s " 

The publication on the subject "Paintings and Camouflage of the german armed forces" is already in the writing process. The main focus lies, on this occasion, on the german army (Heer). The aim is to bring all worldwide accessible primary sources together, which are finally collected in the Historycolors archive, understandably in one publication and to return determining information unabridged in the original text by which for the first time a comprehensive and more in-depth overview is possible. By the original texts a theoretical basis is laid which gives every reader the chance for an own view of the official facts. With the help of complementary hints of the author, important connections and structures from the whole context are indicated in addition. Through this also the experiences and the understanding from 10 years of specific research activity and the sighting, evaluation and classification of thousands primary sources linked with it, join the publication. An experienceable linking arises from it between theory and practice. For the purpose of the general intelligibilit, the professional (technical) terminology is reduced to the necessary minimum as well as a more detailed information on color-metrical and painting-technical backgrounds, which are doubtless a science for themselves. On account of the already existing primary sources accumulated in the Historycolors-Archive to date, the extent will be more than 1000 pages. The publication occurs in color, with comprehensive picture documentary and first of all in german language. As an attachment, samples of the most important colors will be available optionally. A release date will be announced on time.

Following a general overview of the intended contents:

  • Orders, regulations, communications, technical terms of delivery, documents and correspondence to painting and camouflage of the following institutions:
    • High command of the german armed forces (OKW) and postregular offices
    • High command of the german army (OKH) and postregular offices
    • Army weapon office (Wa Abn, Wa Chef Ing, Wa I Rü, Wa Prüf, Wa Ro)
    • Supreme command of the air force (OKL/RLM) and postregular offices
    • High command of the german navy (OKM) and postregular offices
    • Imperial ministry of arming and ammunition (RfBuM) and postregular offices
    • Imperial ministry of armament and war production (RfRuK) and postregular offices
    • Imperial committee on terms of delivery and goodness protection (RAL)
    • Imperial place of chemistry
    • Economic group of the chemical industry
    • Chemical-technical imperial institution (CTR)
    • Color and varnish companies
    • Armament companies
  • Color samples, color cards and standard colors/collections of Imperial committee for terms of delivery and quality management (RAL)
  • Control and rationalisation of the color and varnish industry
  • Production and acceptance of the color and varnish industry
  • Use at armament companies
  • Short overview to air defence, national railway, imperial post, fire prevention police, police, German Red Cross, SA, NSKK, NSFK, W-SS, agricultural machinery, DIN colors etc.
  • Attachment with color samples of the most important colors optionally


C u r r e n t  s t a t u s   a n d   s a m p l e   p a g e s (10.03.2017):


Due to many requests here a current status on the writing process of the publication. Up to now 1025 pages are already written and the draft is growing weekly. Besides the writing process, which at least is very time-consuming due to necessary formatting, links and a unpredictable mass of still existent information, new and important primary sources are evaluated in parallel furthermore and processed accordingly. This process will continue most likely until end of 2019.