Monday, 24 September 2012

20th PzDiv: Command vehicle

I have seen images before of this Ausf  E with the multiple victory markings that include the unusual train one and the turret number that indicates it was probably from a Command (Stab) unit.



But a second and third image shows that it infact belongs to 20th PzDiv and would therefore be part of PzRgt 21's Stab.

The train is just visible above the driver's right arm.

From the right hand side we see the train is mirrored.

The stowage evident here is the same as on the standard Kompanie vehicle, only the turret number differs. Any one got an idea of who this might make the Commander of this tank?

Sunday, 23 September 2012

20th PzDiv rear detail

While writing Barbarossa Stowage I was unaware of any specific rear stowage for 20th PzDiv PzIV's however some subsequent connections have made me relook at this area.

It would appear that two rolled up fascines were carried on the rear plate of the engine deck. These were supported on four quite heavy brackets cantilevered of the engine deck. The overhanging nature of these lead to the exhaust pipe being extended and a small hood added to shield the wooden fascines.






This collection of images above clearly show the extended exhaust and the structure of the brackets. They also provide evidence of the tray of four or five jerrycans stowed on the engine deck in a row parallel to the direction of travel. In the final image two can be seen side by side, sometimes the two were also mounted at right angles to one another. Interestingly the Jerrycans appear darker than the rest of the vehicle and much warmer in tone than the Panzer.


Finally, this image shows another view of 61 (previously discussed here and in the update) just prior to the Russian troops looting it.