Colour scheme

Heavy tanks KV-2

KV-2 Model 1940 PzKpfw KW II 754 (r), Panzerkompanie (z.b.v.) 66, Malta invasion force, 1941
In the spring of 1941. the Wehrmacht was debating whether to invade British-held Crete or Malta as part of their Mediterranean campaign. In the wake of the summer invasion of the Soviet Union, several KV-2 tanks were captured intact, and seemed ideally suited to serve as bunker busters for operations on Malta. Several KV-2s along with some captured T-34s were formed into a special company of (z.b.v.) 66 for the Malta operation. In the event, the high costs of Operation Merkur against Crete led to the Germans abandoning plans to invade Malta. The KV-2s were later committed to the fighting near Demyansk in August 1942. The KV-2s selected tor Malta were painted in the March 1941 tropical camouflage scheme of RAL 8000 Gelbbraun (Yellow-brown) and RAL 7008 Graubraun (Gray-brown). They carried the usual national insignia, and were modified with an added PzKpfw III commander's cupola.

(Picture from Stiven J.Zaloga, James Kinnear, Andrey Aksenov, Alexander Koshtcavzev "Stalin's heavy tanks 1941-1945. The KV and IS heavy tanks. " Concord. Armor at war series. 7012.)

(Picture from "Modelar" magazine)

(Picture from Tank & Truck magazine No13)

(Picture from "Steelmasters" magazine No 54)

(Picture from "Militaria XX wieku" magazine Special 03/2011 (Nr19))

(Picture from "Modelar" magazine)

(Picture from "Militaria XX wieku" magazine Special 03/2011 (Nr19))