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German World War II Camouflage Patterns

By HA TRUNG DUC on Feb 10, 2022

German World War II camouflage patterns formed a family of disruptively patterned military camouflage designs for clothing, used and in the main design during the Second World War.

The German names used for the plane tree, palm, and oak leaf patterns are not those that were used in the German armed forces but were invented by postwar collectors of militaria.

German Name English Name Date Note Collection



Splinter pattern

("Colourful pattern")


1931 Being the first German camouflage pattern,
it was initially used in Zeltbahn groundsheets for the Wehrmacht branches. The pattern is also known as Splinter A
splinter pattern
1941 German Air Force variant of Splittertarnmuster; also known as Splinter B.  
Platanenmuster Planetree pattern 1937–1942 Used by the Waffen-SS. Spring and autumn variations,
first dotted camouflage pattern
Rauchtarnmuster Blurred Edge pattern 1939–1944 Used by the Waffen-SS. Summer and autumn variations[  
Palmenmuster Palm tree pattern      
Oak leaf pattern B 1942–1945    
Sumpftarnmuster Swamp pattern      
Erbsenmuster Pea dot pattern 944–1945 Used by the Waffen-SS. Based on Eichenlaubmuster
Leibermuster (named after the
Leiber brothers)
1945 Bold irregular pattern.
Designed to absorb infra-red. Designed to replace all previous patterns.

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