Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Ausf F

Finally got my hands on the English translation of Spielbeger's updated PzIV book, not the holy grail I had hoped for. A bit of a dry technical tome but some interesting detail worth the effort of digging through the poor translation and difficult structure of the book, specifically the more detailed production statistics. Bed time reading for us rivet counters only I'm afraid.


These monthly production stats for early Ausfs reveal that only 16 Ausf Fs were produced by Krupp in May 41 followed by 38 in June and another 38 in July. These figures explain the relatively few images of Ausf Fs during the early stages of Barbarossa.

Further production by Krupp in August was 42 and Vomag joined production only managing 2.
September saw 42 from Krupp and 4 from Vomag.
October 43 from Krupp and 8 from Vomag.
November 39 from Krupp, 12 from Vomag and Nibelungen joined adding 1.
December 45 from Krupp, 14 from Vomag and 2 from Nibelungen.

These numbers show why there was so few replacements added to the Panzer's ranks and how the push Eastwards was to gradually bleed the Divisions dry. These numbers were affected by a lack of specialist workers at the factories.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

TauchPz IV Volume available

The TauchPz volume is now online and available on Blurb. As the vehicle main activity was on the Eastern front in 1941 it is the perfect companion to the Barbarossa Stowage supplement. Enjoy the preview below:
The book covers the TauchPz IVs use on exercises prior to Operation Barbarossa and during the conflict on the Eastern front. It goes into greater detail of the TauchPz supplied units introduced briefly in "Barbarossa Stowage". 

As the first book solely dedicated to the TauchPz IV a number of details revealed here have never previously been discussed. The information includes detailed analysis of the different specification for each Ausf as well as the units that used them and their associated markings and stowage. There are also images of TauchPz IIIs and a few rare glimpses of the SchwimmPz II.

This volume contains: 98 period photos illustrating the vehicle in greater depth than ever before, the vast majority published for the first time, short appendix on the TauchPz III, diagrams and a section on modelling the vehicle to conclude the book.

To make this volume worthy of the little dipper I have asked a number of other collectors who I have met online and through various forums and searched through national archives for images that fill some of the inevitable gaps in my own collection. So although the book is still subtitled "from the collection of 8wheels-good" there are some supplementary images (about 10 in total) kindly lent to me so this monograph can fulfill the potential of the research I have uncovered.

The models used to illustrate one of the appendixes in the book, may open up a sideline, as a few people have enquired about the resin parts I have made. 

I will produce some of these and sell them on ebay to recoup some costs. I have started modelling equipment for some of the other Tauch units - PzRgts 7 & 36, both of who also used standard PzIVs with the same equipment. Plus other unTauch related projects for 6th PzDiv and 19th PzDiv.

So keep an eye open, I will post images of the masters here as they take shape.