Monday, 8 August 2011

images from 7th PzDiv - 8th K

A group of 7th PzDiv images have turned up on ebay. 
They show the 8th Kompanie on maneuvers just prior to the invasion and in the early stages of Barbarossa. The development of the stowage style is evident, with the earlier images showing the wheels on the superstructure side and front right fender box.

The addition of the rear spare wheel racks, double jerrycan rack on the engine deck and the unditching log signify the time period of the actual invasion. The first image below shows the jerrycans being mounted, they are currently resting on the vehicles turret roof and cupola before fitting to the engine deck. The wooded area is presumably a secreted dispersal point on the eve of the operation. 

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