Royal Navy Colour Schemes Downloads

Royal Navy Colours of World War Two - B5 and B15 - FREE to download! This short paper discusses the nature and appearance of the World War II era camouflage paints B5 and B15 citing primary source references.

Royal Navy Colours of World War Two - The Pattern 507s, G10 and G45 - FREE to download! This short paper discusses the nature and appearance of the 1936 onwards versions of the standard Royal Navy dark and light grey paints known as Admiralty Pattern 507A, Admiralty Pattern 507B and Admiralty Pattern 507C and their 1943 to 1945 equivalents known as G10 and G45.

Royal Navy Colours of World War Two - The Standard Camouflage Colours 1941-1943  - FREE to download! This short paper discusses the nature and appearance of the World War II era standard camouflage colours which specifically include MS1, MS2, MS3, MS4, MS4A, B5 and B6 which were in use from 1941 to 1943 in the British Royal Navy, and some lasted a bit longer in the case of the Royal Canadian Navy.

Royal Navy Colours of World War Two - B & G Series Camouflage Colours 1943-1945  - FREE to download! This short paper discusses the nature and appearance of the simplified World War II era camouflage colours which rationalised and simplified the earlier palette including MS1, MS2, MS3, MS4, MS4A, B5, B6, 507A, 507C, Western Approaches Light Blue and Western Approaches Light Green. These new paints were introduced in May 1943 in the British Royal Navy.

Royal Navy Ships’ Bottoms and Boot-Topping 1914-1950 Version 1 by Richard Dennis - FREE to download! This 15 page article sets out what is known so far about protective and anti-fouling paints as well as boot-topping compositions in use within the Royal Navy, discussing the chronology and evolution of orders and practises. This should be treated as an initial article; once the various archives are open again and safe to visit the author plans to seek out some "known unknowns" and we can see what else appears. If necessary, Richard will update this article.

 

 

Facsimile copies of important primary source documents:

C.A.F.O. 679 Sea-Going Camouflage Designs for Destroyers and Small Ships - April 1942 - A careful reproduction of an official Admiralty document promulgated to educate Officers on the principles of sea-going camouflage, the colours of paints to be used to effect camouflage against different threats in different operating environments, as well as a substantial set of full-colour standardised camouflage design plates for various classes of smaller ships (i.e. destroyers and smaller). A valuable insight in to both the theory and policy in use at the time, but also for reliable information about the appearance of the paints and typical combinations with which they were used.

C.A.F.O. 1112 Camouflage of Sea Going Ships - June 1942 - FREE!

C.A.F.O. 2146 Dark Medium Tone Camouflage Designs for Sea-Going Ships - October 1942 - addendum to C.A.F.O. 679/42 providing substitute paint colour combinations to effect Admiralty "Dark Medium" tone designs which were referred to but examples omitted from the original document. Unlike the original which only gave a tabulated set of substitutions for diagrams in the original document, this reproduction also provides the diagrams themselves updated in accordance with the text to allow the reader to visualise more easily how the design was intended to look.

C.B.3098(R) - The Camouflage of Ships at Sea - May 1943 - A careful reproduction of an official Admiralty document promulgated to educate Officers on the principles of sea-going camouflage, the colours of paints to be used to effect camouflage against different threats in different operating environments, as well as a substantial set of full-colour standardised camouflage design plates for various classes of smaller ships (i.e. destroyers and smaller). A valuable insight in to both the theory and policy in use at the time, but also for reliable information about the appearance of the paints and typical combinations with which they were used.

C.B.3098(R) - The Camouflage of Ships and Sea - 1945 Edition - Painting Guide Extract - A careful reproduction of an official Admiralty document promulgated to educate Officers on the principles of sea-going camouflage, the colours of paints to be used to effect camouflage against different threats in different operating environments, as well as a substantial set of standardised camouflage design plates for various classes of ships of all sizes from aircraft carriers to submarines and landing craft. The original document included diagrams with different styles of hatching and shading keyed to paint colours. This reproduction is instead offered in full-colour. The designs contained in this version of the document are those Standard Schemes famous for use by the British Pacific Fleet, for example, although their use late in the war was much more widespread than just by the BPF.

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