HTK-BS90 German AFV in Africa paint set
Standard colours of German military vehicles in Africa during WW2
As the Wehrmacht was not properly prepared for the African campaign, first units transported to Africa in February 1941 wore standard Dunkelgrau scheme. They were subsequently covered with a mixture of mud, sand and water (or oil) as a temporary solution.
The first dedicated camouflage was introduced in March 1941, consisting of RAL 8000 Gelbbraun and RAL 7008 Graugrün (colours previously used by German railway). RAL 8000 Gelbbraun was often used as an overall colour. Originally Dunkelgrau vehicles, repainted in field conditions, weathered heavily uncovering areas of the Dunkelgrau paint.
In March 1942 both desert colours were replaced with more suitable RAL 8020 Braun and RAL 7027 Grau - used till withdrawal of German forces from Africa.