Monday, 16 September 2013

19th PzDiv - PzRgt 27 supplementary volume nearly ready.

The content is complete, a model is made to illustrate the stowage. It would be nice to see this painted so this is the only thing holding the project back from publishing.

This supplementary edition will revert back to the original format, with most pages having one large image and some double page spreads. It covers the three Kompanien of PzIVs within PzRgt 27, looking at their stowage and markings in detail. To help with this I have tried to gather different views of the same vehicle or location where ever possible. I have had help with some of this background from Dennis de Zwart who is writing his own much more in depth book on the whole Division. Here is a link to his website:

Brief unit history with leaders and battle locations listed

  • Intro including background & images of training exercises prior to Barbarossa
  • 3 chapters, one covering each Kompanie
  • 10 double page spreads
  • 9 of the vehicles are illustrated by more than a single image
  • 69 photographs in total
  • The usual appendix of photo rears
  • A modelling section following the conversion of a  1/35 Ausf E in to a 6th K vehicle.

I'm cleaning out the airbrush in preparation for some late evenings this week.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

colour slides

I came across these two fantasic colour slides on the website Notice how dark the grey is when clean and the white width markers used on the rear mudflaps by this unit.

They show 12th PzDiv PzIVs either just before the invasion or in the first days of the invasion.
There are lots of interesting features to examine including; AAMG fitted to the cupola, grenades hung from the turret rear, camoed zeltbahn, different exhausts rust patterns in the two images etc.

The second image also shows a BK applied to the right bottom of the turret rear (although this slide may be reversed). I have seen one more image that shows a glimpse of a BK on 12th PzDiv turret rears but this is a location that is often obscured by items on the engine deck.  

Unfortunately the grenades cover the turret number so there is no additional help here in identifying the Kompanie they belong to. I still have not been able to find a definite 9th K image.