Tuesday, 18 July 2017

British Tank Colours of the First World War

When we worked in Bullecourt a few weeks ago, one of the major discoveries was a six foot length of tank track from a Mark II training tank that was rushed out to attack the German positions with the Australian Brigade in early 1917. On that tank track was some of the original paint, which was photographed by our photographer Harvey Mills, who then matched the colour that the Mark IIs were painted into the Pantone Matching System equivalent. As far as I am aware there is not a single example of original paint on any of the surviving First World War tanks in museums across the world. All have been repainted over time, so this is the first time in 100 years that we can see the exact colour. What is intriguing is that the tank tracks were also painted in this colour, so now, you will be able to paint your First War tanks in the correct scheme!


4 comments:

  1. That is a really great bit of work. It is a much richer green than I anticipated.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    1. Thanks Pete. Yeah, I was very surprised at the colour, but these were training tanks originally, so that may have something to do with the choice of colour.

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  2. That's fascinating work- I had read they were a chocolate brown.

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    1. Thanks, well some of them could be, this is one particular tank at one particular time. That said it's the first definite proof of colouration.

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