Wednesday, 20 February 2013

7th PzDiv early losses

Two post further down I speculate on reasons why vehicles with one Ks stowage appear with markings from another. I have identified one possible event that laid the foundations for these moves. In the very early stages of Barbarossa there are references to fierce fighting on the road to and in and around Olita between PzRgt 25 and the 5th Tank Division.

The number of tanks lost by 5th Tank Division on that first encounter with PzRgt 25 is reported as 82. However PzRgt 25 also sufferd high casualties percentage wise, possible as much as 50%.

I came across this photo with a caption on the rear that mentions Olita:

There are many images of damaged and KOed PzRgt 25 PzIVs in locations with similar sandy terrain and scattered birch trees. The following group show different points of view of the same KOed PzIV surrounded by the carcasses of BT7s. 

in this last set of images the PzIV seems to have been moved nearer the road again (leaving its turret bin behind) and one of the BT7s has also been dragged down from the rise in front of it.

These images show three views of it in the location it was originally KOed. Before being dragged backwards off the road into the neighbouring field and having multiple elements scavenged from its carcass.

A different 12th K Ausf E in a similar location that doesn't look as heavily damaged but the second image of it shows tow ropes attached, which confirm it is disabled if not destroyed.

These links give a good background to the initial part of Barbarossa from the Regiment's point of view. They also indicate that due to heavy losses of equipment it was reduced from three to two battalions on the 28th June:

There have also been some discussion on Russia language forums of the same series of battles but due to language issues they are hard to follow.