Monday, 8 August 2011
These two images have been under consideration for a while but I have seen them attributed to 1941 and 1942 in different publications so kept any reference to them out of the book. I found them in the Ulstein Bild photo archive and as such the dates are hopefully a more accurate record of when the images were taken. Both locations seem similar in terms of terrain and events, which would support the same date recorded for both (01.08.1941).
They follow the systems described in previous posts on the 16th PzDiv and maybe helpful in separating the Kompanies. The first has wheels mounted to the superstructure side and the rear box both appear on possible 4th K vehicles, the second (presumably 8th K) has the frame box on the superstructure side and the bracket from the front turret tow hook and across the turret roof. This second image shows a vehicle with the frame box and the turret bracket whereas the previous image below with the turret bracket has mounts for wheels on the superstructure side. Both have non-standard bins.
So at this point the current best bet on the Divisions stowage is:
Two spare wheels on left ss side, mounted on bent rod supports. Box across rear of engine deck, sometimes whole length sometime part. Non standard turret bins of either square or angled sides (Ausf Fs have standard bin). Some vehicles have a lip bracket that runs across the front of the turret roof and down the sides in front of the tow hooks, unknown use but possibly to hold jerrycans.
Turret numbers are narrow open stencil, no infill. Divisional symbol left of driver's visor or on front left mudflap.
Open box frame on left ss side, assorted objects held here. Non standard turret bins of either square or angled sides. Some vehicles have a lip bracket that runs across the front of the turret roof and down the sides in front of the tow hooks, unknown use but possibly to hold jerrycans.
No turret numbers, Divisional symbol on rear left mudflap.