Marshall Specialist Vehicles of Cambridge
produced the `Pink Panther' Land-Rovers
for the British Army.
The standard colour was actually green but
the name comes from special camouflage,
pink being hard to see in the desert.
The name stuck.
Warner (1985) attributes the first use of pink
for desert camouflage to the long range desert group (LRDG) in WWII.
Earlier, an aircraft had been painted pink in
the expectation that it would be highly visible;
it crashed and was not found for several years,
and then by chance.
J. Taylor (1966) reports that 72 Pink Panthers were made.
The Australian Army
had its own Long Range Patrol Vehicles
designed for similar objectives.
Also see the
- P. Warner. The Secret Forces of World War II. Granada, 1985.