Thursday, 21 July 2011

mudflap close up

With the photo from three posts below in my hands I have had a chance to play around with it digitally. There appears to be a structured symbol there and not just random marks. It could well be 16th PzDiv's divisional symbol of a Y with a bar through it.

Quite clear but not 100%.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011


Tom Cockle has sent me some some observations on the book. He has doubts that the two Ausf Ds on p79 & 78 from 11th PzDiv are indeed the same vehicle, he points out that they are carrying different style hubcaps.

What I can add to this is that both photos were bought from the same source, which may indicate they are the same but from different time periods or that the same crew member worked on two vehicles with the same tactical number.

Also on page p41 the 6th PzDiv Ausf D has Ausf F idlers fitted, something I completely missed and something very rare.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

16th search continued

The same non-standard type bin appears again on a pair of Ausf Es. And again, frustratingly no markings are visible on them or any accompanying vehicles.

Another type of non-standard bin only smaller and squarer. This vehicle carries the same spare wheels fixings on the superstructure side as verified 16th PzDiv vehicles in my book. The halftrack aiding the recovery also carries the Army "K".

There is a chance this maybe 16th PzDiv in the summer of 42 as a photo in another collection, with this unusual turret bracket and the superstructure wheel fixings has this date on the reverse. However this looks more like an Autumn image than a summer one? And photos dates are notoriously unreliable often added well after the event.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

another 16th clue

This image is described as being near the river Dnepr, between Kremenchug (Krementschuk) and Dnepropetrovsk. This was an area where 16th PzDiv were active, crossing the Dnepr just South of Kremenchug before attacking North to close the encirclement of Kiev

The turret bin is clearly similar to one of the examples on the border, previously posted. It also carries a stowage rack on the left side which is different from the left stowage seen on the example in the book, where two wheels are fitted to rod frames. The arrows are not mine but may indicate a Divisional symbol on the left rear mudflap. Hopefully I can pick this up and get a better scan of that area.