Shanes documents says the Coronado Tan was used because of a missinterpretation and only for a limited time.
Corresponding documents are from 13.Nov. 1941, refering to documents from 16 Oct. 1941, from 1st and 4th December and on 23.Dec.1941 a message says that
"Gen. Grant contractors will return to general specification Khaki Green No.3 after present supply coronado tan runs out"
So its obviously that a volume of Grant, on which this messages are refering, has been delivered in Coronodo Tan instead of Khaki green No.3 at the end of 1941/begin of 1942.
Maybe Shane (or someone else) can precise this.
As I have this Squadron Signal not in front of me, I cannot say in which period the photos of the two named Grants has been made, but according this (new) documents at least the one on page 43 with "OD around the serial number" is not factory painted in Coronado Tan, but in Khaki green No3 and has been overpainted in Egypt in Light stone.
Because if I have done my homework correctly, I would say that a Serial number has always been painted on the final paint and not on the primer. So if we can identify a serial number on a "dark background" on Grant "surrounded by a light colour", we have now "learned" that this background colour has to be Khaki green no.3. (And I dont belive that the US factory has painted a red primer, Khaki green and than finally Coronado tan)
For the other one, its possible that the dark colour around the "blown off visior" is red primer or Khaki Green, because as Robert says, its nearly impossible to difference between a red primer or Khaki green beneath Tan, Light stone, whatever on a b/w photo.
So I would say: If this Grant is from that ones, delivered in Coronado tan, its red primer or pure metal. If not, than khaki green or even red primer or pure metal, because it depends what the impact has done with the surface.
For the "standard" dark colour chips on Grant tanks its now clear that this has to be done in Khaki green.
But even as I love such discussions and as I am hungry for all of this informations, I hope it is clear that this is a rather academic one, because at the end, if we do the standard "weathering process" and finally put on the desert dust on our Grants and Shermans, their will be no more a real remarkable difference between Khaki Green and Olive Drab.
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