Thursday, 16 September 2010

Help with 13th PzDiv

The search for images of 13th PzDiv was going nowhere until I found this propaganda clip on youtube. After 26 secs there is a short section showing 223 and 233

This was enough to confirm that they used a second Kompanie.

This version is not the best quality. I have saved the wrong URL - on a better copy the division symbol is evident in the front view and a fleeting glimpse can be had of the same along with a tactical rhombus on the left rear. If I track down the original I will swap it.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

1st PzDiv - 8th K from ebay album

The first two images are prior to Barbarossa but have elements of the stowage system used in Russia clearly visible.

  The double bar system for fixing the track-links across the hull front shows up well in this image.

The Divisional symbol was applied to the superstructure front and above the driver's side visor (see also penultimate image below although obscured by sellers watermark).

Although the remaining images don't have such clear content they give us more rare glimpses of 1st PzDiv PzIVs during Barbarossa. This time last year I had only found 1 partial image.
In the last image (on the rear most vehicle) we can see the spare wheel on the front fender with a bracket running along the superstructure side behind it.

These images confirm a single horizontal bracket, for holding jerry cans etc, on both sides of the superstructure for 8th Kompanie vehicles.

Monday, 13 September 2010

No WAY!!!!!

logged in to ebay for my daily sniff and what is there the day after I joke about making sacrifices to the ebay good but two whole pages of 1st PzDiv PzIVs!!!

The seller has just uploaded images from an album that cover preBarbarossa - Barbarossa - the summer of 42 right upto Greece in 43 an amazing group of images. I will post the relevant ones once I have got a chance to sift through them all.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

ebay delivers

As usual when you start writing or thinking about something it appears on ebay. I must be careful what I wish for the and make sure the sacrifices continue to be to the liking of its fickle gods :)
This nice photo fills in some gaps for the 8th Kompanie right stowage, a similar single horizontal bracket as seen on the left side of some 1st PzDiv. Plus a diagonal strap from under the aerial. These appears to match some bits on the mangled fender on page 13. And the image also confirms the carrying of the long fascines across the rear of the engine deck.

Of general interest is the unusual placement of the starter crank at the rear of the right fender sitting up against the engine deck side. The spare wheel mounted flat in its usual stowing (right front fender) may explain the move but its attitude is another matter.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

1st PzDiv continued

Here is the afore mentioned image of an Ausf C and an Ausf B together. The "foot" on the 4 is obvious and the open framed container on the right fender stands out.

This image was on the ? pile for a long while. The image is poor quality and very contrasty, so the white numbers on the turret rear were initially hard to make out (left hand vehicle).

An image I bought showed the recognisable turret numbers and the bracket holding jerrycans to the left superstructure side as we see in this image. Judging by its turret doors the PzIV in the middle distance appears to be an Ausf F.

Friday, 3 September 2010

1st PzDiv 4th & 8th Kompanies

As with some other units images of PzKpfw IVs in service with 1st PzDiv during Barbarossa have been exceptionally hard to find, not just PzKpfw IV but any vehicle.

There is one very well known and often published image of an Ausf E firing at night in which the divisional symbol is clear. And is another common image that shows an Ausf B (turret number 421) with an Ausf C (turret number 422) behind it, (often only the single vehicle is printed), which has been described as a 1st PzDiv vehicle and a process of elimination meant this probably fitted as the style of number is a continuation of that used in 1940. The addition of a serif or foot to the bottom of the 4 makes it easily distinguishable.

As well as the couple I found for my own book these are the only others I have come across, the first is low res but the distinctive 4 is visible as is the right fender stowage box.

The second shows a left side view with white numbers (800) and a frame box fitted to the engine deck side that is of the same open frame construction method as that worn on the right by 4th K.

This PzKpfw IV Ausf BorC is interesting because it appears to have the little plates fitted to the rear corners of its turret bin. A feature that I have only ever seen on some Ausf Fs before.

Any further known images people could point me to would be great.....

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

6th PzDiv - 4th K

Again from Bruce Quarrie, this image made sense of a photo I had owned for a while (page 40).

It shows a bracket attachment to the engine side that I had been puzzling over for a long time.

This angle let me make a connection, through the placement and style of other stowed items to the 4th K where clear images show two wheels in this location - puzzle solved! It had looked like a carefully engineered device to me, with movement and articulation to it but in fact it is an awkward (if practical) cobbling together of expedient material.

7th PzDiv -12th K

An old copy of Bruce Quarries "Panzers in Russia 1941-42" has given up some helpful images.

  His efforts in the late 70s in the Budesarchiv brought some interesting examples in to the light of day.

This image is assigned to the 7th PzDiv and we can just make out a 12?? on the third vehicle in the column. The assumption is therefore that all vehicle belong to that unit however the first panzer carries a box on its right fender where the jack should be. This doesn't fit with images I have of 12th K without this box and without the jack moved.

There are also no fittings, fore and aft for the long beam one would associate with the Division.