Das Reich Tigers emblem and paint schemes

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Das Reich Tigers emblem and paint schemes

Postby Miles Krogfus » 28 Jun 2017 02:29

Das Reich's Tiger company obtained prod. # 250049 in December 1942 and # 250-- 076, 077, 078, 083, 084, 085, 086, 088, 092 on 21 January 1943.
Ordered to the Charkow area, factory base color RAL 8020 was covered with white: all Tigers then with RAL 3000 red 8th company 800 numbers, and a RAL 1006 yellow Das Reich sign. Note that in the below photo, Tiger # 841 has a RAL 8020 wheel showing. In late March 1943 with white removed, RAL 8020 mottled with RAL 7027 returned.
Then on 13 May 1943 six Tigers arrived : prod. # 250-- 201, 213, 217, 219, 220, 225 factory painted in the new 1943 Dunkelgelb nach Muster with additional RAL 6003 green and RAL 8017 brown added at unit level. See the side view photo of # S32 on the first attachment page and # S01 with the same colors. Note that some 8020/7027 Tigers were also overpainted with a little DG nach Muster so that all three colors showed. Their larger black and white Balkenkreuz remained on some but others when repainted received smaller white outline crosses like those of the newly arrived Tigers. See # S02 with the original size black and white cross.
The tale of the then added "Springender Teufel" emblem is that Rttf. Joachim Zimbehl or Rttf. Alfred Stohr found a metal statuette in a Charkow shop and it became the defiant "thumb the nose" at or ". . ." attitude of Das Reich Tiger crews. When the company was reorganized for summer combats, its Panzer III's left and the "Schwere Kompanie" S-- letter with numbers system painted in white outline form appeared on Tiger turrets along with this playful emblem also painted white. Note that RAL 7028, replacing DG nach Muster that summer as the Tiger's factory base color, later could appear as additional mottling. The final attachment below shows both DG Nach Muster, actually a yellowish color, and RAL 7028 (of the gray 7000 RAL series.)
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Re: Das Reich Tigers emblem and paint schemes

Postby Miles Krogfus » 28 Aug 2017 01:05

Here are company Tigers with crew added paint details: # 821 with Mickey Mouse painted white, black, red and yellow.

Tiger #812 with TiKi "Tiger Kind"(Tiger Child). # 812 was RAL 8020/RAL 7027 then painted with TiKi and bands of Dunkelgelb nach Muster April 1943.
TiKi had its 812 number changed to 833 then to S34. The latter shown in an August 1943 photo. Note that "TiKi" is not on its forward left hull.

Tiger # S22 with (as Akira Kikuchi states in AFV NEWS Jan-Apr 1991) a Chinese ideogram painted upside down to grant Good Luck or mean Lucky. A number of third platoon Tigers also had this ideogram (painted in RAL 7027 gray?)

The middle photo of attachment one and the bottom one of attachment two are Bundesarchiv photos. The others were given me printed from veterans original negatives.
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