(32) Pz.Kpfw. IV family

Color profiles: Jacek Pasieczny, Sławomir Zajączkowski, captions: Marek Jaszczołt
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Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. F2 (G) coded 1233 of III./Pz.Rg.24, 24th Panzer Division, southern Russia, summer 1942. As far as the Panzerwaffe units are concerned this Division was unusual in many ways. It was formed from the 1st Cavalry Division, which traditions were consistently continued. Its structure was based on three battalions, what affected e.g. on the tactical numbers of its vehicles. In this case it is the third tank of the 3rd platoon of the 9th squadron, not the 12th one as it would be expected (the unit was not named ‘company’ because of the cavalry traditions). There were three squadrons in each battalion, but the staff vehicles were counted as the ordinary squadron ones. Due to that, the tactical numbers of tanks of the 7th squadron of III. Battalion started with 9, the 8th squadron – with 10, HQ – with 11, and the 9th squadron – 12. The 24th Panzer Division was encircled and destroyed during the battle of Stalingrad. This tank had the typical monotone Panzergrau (RAL 7021) camouflage and carried white division emblem (the leaping horseman) as well as the yellow arrow insignia of the regiment. The layout of rear markings is hypothetical.

Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. F2 (G) coded B11 of Pz.Rgt.29, 12th Panzer Division, Ssinjawino, Russia, spring 1943. The tank belonged to the 8th company of Pz.Rgt.29 which was formed from Panzer-Kompanie z.b.V.66 in April 1942. The latter unit was originally attached to the Malta invasion force (Operation Hercules). In August 1942, bearing the name of Kompanie Bethke, the company was sent to the Eastern Front and in October was absorbed by the 12th Panzer Division. The vehicle carried a three-tone camouflage consisting of green (RAL 6003) and brown (RAL 8017) patches over the dark yellow base (RAL 7028 or RAL 8020, if the layer had been applied during the preparations for invasion of Malta). The company’s tanks had distinctive codes consisting of letter B (the first letter of the commander’s surname) and a pair of bicolor digits, which colours are hypothetical.