Wednesday, 19 August 2015
genesis of iii/PzRgt 27 ?
At the last minute before publication of the PzRgt 27 book I made a connection that had been sitting on my desktop for a while in the ??? folder. As with all pieces when they finally fall in to place the connections seems obvious now.
I had a number of images that show vehicles in what looks like a training situation with very large turret numbers. One of the source had described them as "PzLehr" and they all appeared to be taken during exercises.
Initially I had thought these were an early manifestation of PzRgt25 - 7th PzDiv. However, the style and size of the numbers didn't quite fit. When I found out that PzRgt 27 had been constructed from three Panzer Erstaz Abteilung (reserve/training battalion) the connection to the large numbers seen on 9th K PzIVs and possible "PzLehr" was made.
The style of digit matches theirs. This would make the images above images from PzErtzAbt 10 as this was where PzRgt 27's third Battalion sourced their vehicles. Certainly the PzIVs, PzIIs & PzIs as no PzIIIs went to PzRgt 27. These images probably date from mid - late 1940 prior to the new Regiment's formation on the 1st Oct.