Gars-el-Arid, Libya, September 1941. The battles of France and Britain had shown the Ju 87 to be exceptionally vulnerable to fighter opposition, but the type nevertheless continued to perform useful service in the Mediterranean and North Africa with the Italians. The Stuka was widely used by all the Axis Air Forces, including those of Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria. The overall dark green upper surfaces seen here replaced the standard Luftwaffe two-tone disruptive splinter scheme of previous machines. However, this extreme is some-times very difficult to confirm in period black and white photographs. (Camouflage: RLM71 Dunkelgrun upper surfaces with RLM65 Hellblau under-sides).
Italy (fascists) | Military