Saturday, 15 October 2011

Parallel universes

I was recently contacted by a fellow researcher from Russia who has been on a parallel track to mine; in fact our research mirrors each others so much that he was suspicious of plagarism when he first saw "Barbarossa Stowage" coming online.

His home page

where he has some nice examples of vehicles from 1941 - you will need to play around with an online translator to get the full benefit.

Russian Discusion forum - thread on PzIV in 1941

where he has been sharing his work with like minded image hunters. You will see half way down that I  get a good kicking when he thought I had stolen his work (we are sharing stuff now that we have found crossed into each others parallel universes). It looks like he may be able to take the work further with more detail of unit make up as he is working on his own book.

Friday, 14 October 2011

8th PzDIv

A bumper lot of PzIVs from an 8th PzDiv album have turned up on ebay. Documenting a number of interesting events including; a derailment caused by a PzIV straying in front of a train, a PzIV falling off its Sd Anh 116 trailer and some comprehensive destruction. They give a great insight into 4th Kompanie.

The image of the careless Panzer who misjudged the level crossing has been published before but wasn't recognised as 8th PzDiv.

They confirm that unlike the other Kompanies the 4th doesn't appear to have any coloured bars on its turret rear.

Here are some other 8thPzDiv images I have come across recently from the other Kompanies:

The last one shows the stowage of wheels on the rear of the turret - these are seen on a KOed Ausf C on page 89 of Volume 1. These are a hang over from the Balkan conflict where all PzIVs in the Division had two wheels on their turret rear before the fitting of turret bins.

It is also one of the most haunting Eastern front images I have come across.