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Comparison of Published Luftwaffe WW2 RLM Standards

This table compares the similaries and differences between the four major RLM color references published to date:

RLM Nr
Name
Merrick
Hitchcock
1980
Eagle
Editions
1998
Merrick
Kiroff
2004
Ullmann
2008
01
Silber
Silver
 
N/A
 
 
02
RLM Grau
RLM Gray
 
 
 
 
04
Gelb
Yellow
 
 
 
 
05
Elfenbein
Ivory
 
N/A
 
 
21
Weiß
White
 
N/A
 
 
22
Schwarz
Black
 
N/A
 
 
23
Rot
Red
 
 
 
 
24
Dunkelblau
Dark Blue
 
 
 
 
25
Lichtgrün
Light Green
 
 
 
 
26
Rotbraun
Red Brown
 
 
 
 
27
Gelb
Yellow
 
 
 
 
28
Weinrot
Wine Red
 
 
 
 
61
Dunkelbraun
Dark Brown
 
 
 
 
62
Grün
Green
 
 
 
 
63
Lichtgrau
Light Gray
 
 
 
 
64
Dunkelgrün
Dark Green
 
N/A
N/A
 
65
Hellblau
Pale Blue
 
 
 
 
66
Schwarzgrau
Black Gray
 
 
 
 
67
Weiss
White
 
N/A
 
 
68
Schwarzgrün
Black Green
 
N/A
 
 
69
Dunkelgrün
Dark Green
 
N/A
 
 
70
Schwarzgrün
Black Olive
 
 
 
 
71
Dunkelgrün
Dark Green
 
 
 
 
72
Grün
Green
 
 
 
 
73
Grün
Green
 
 
 
 
74
Graugrün
Gray-Green
 
 
 
 
75
Grauviolett
Gray Violet
 
 
 
 
76
Lichtblau
Light Blue
 
 
 
 
76a
Graublau
Grey Blue
 
N/A
 
 
76b
Graugrün
Grey Green
 
N/A
 
 
77
Lichtgrau
Pale Gray
 
 
 
 
78
Hellblau
Light Blue
 
 
 
 
79
Sandgelb
Sand Brown
 
 
 
 
79a
Sandgelb
Sand Yellow
N/A
 
 
N/A
80
Olivgrün
Olive Green
 
 
 
 
81
Brunviolett
Brown Violet
 
 
 
 
82
Hellgrün
Light Green
 
 
 
 
83
Dunkelgrün
Dark Green
 
 
 
 

Bibliography

  • Merrick, K.A., and Kiroff, Jürgen, Luftwaffe Camouflage and Markings 1933-1945 Volume One, Hersham: Classic Publications, 2004
  • Merrick, K.A., and Kiroff, Jürgen, Luftwaffe Camouflage and Markings 1933-1945 Volume Two, Hersham: Classic Publications, 2005
  • Merrick, K.A., and Hitchcock, Thomas H. The Official Monogram Painting Guide to German Aircraft 1935-1945, Boylston: Monogram Aviation Publications, 1980
  • Ullmann, Michael, Luftwaffe Colours 1935-1945, Manchester: Hikoki Publications, 2008
  • Luftwaffe Color Chart. Eagle Editions Ltd. 1998

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