Panzerwrecks 6 P60-72 – Flammpanzer 38. The missing photos …

I have said it before, and I’ll say it again; sometimes we just cannot fit everything into a Panzerwrecks that we want. Much squabbling and tantrums precedes most Panzerwrecks, but it’s all for the greater good. Here are three images from the report that we could not fit in. The pole or tube that the flame thrower is resting on is not related, it is just there to prop the thing up.

Panzerwrecks 6 P66 – Flammpanzer 38

Recently we were contacted by Eelke Warrink of the Netherlands with some extra information about the label next to the driver’s visors of the Flammpanzer 38.”I recently bought Panzerwrecks 6, and was intrigued by the Flammpanzer interior shot showing a warning placard, on page 66. In the caption, you give the interpretation ‘… teile der Tragfedernbefestigung durch Nachschlagen auf festen Sitz kontrollieren! Lassen sich die Ketten nachschlagen, Kettenden wieder auf…lagen (or auftragen?)!’

This doesn’t really make sense. If the warning is about the Tragfedernbefestigung (attachment of the suspension springs), then why should the driver check the track pins? In the text, the word interpreted as ‘Ketten’ clearly ends in an ‘e’, so the plural Ketten (‘tracks’) is out of the question. My interpretation may offer a better solution:

‘(first words totally illegible)… Spannkeile der Tragfedernbefestigung durch Nachschlagen auf festen Sitz kontrollieren! Lassen sich die Keile nachschlagen, Keilenden wieder aufbiegen!’

This would translate to: ‘Make sure the tensioning wedges (Spannkeile) of the suspension springs are firmly in position by striking them (with a hammer). If the wedges can be hammered inward, bend the ends of the wegdes upwards again.’A Jagdpanzer 38’s suspension springs are kept in place with a small wedge on top of them, of which the ends were often bent upward (very noticeable on the Aberdeen vehicle), which would fit the text on the placard. These wedges are relatively easy to reach between the wheels

My 2 cents!

Thanks Eelke

Panzerwrecks 6 P28-29

Further research on the ‘see through’ Jagdtiger on pages 28-29 narrowed down the areas where the 63rd Infantry and the 10th Armored divisions operated together. Both divisions crossed the Neckar River in the Wieblingen area around 30 March 45. The 63rd I.D. followed the 10th A.D. through the region north of the Jagst River and reached the Kocher River and established a bridgehead at Weissbach on 9 April 45, crossing it on 11 April 45. Together they took Schwaebisch Hall by 18 April 45. The 10th crossed the Danube at Ehingen 23-24 April while the 63rd crossed at Riedheim a few days later and fought off a German armored counterattack. By 28 April the 10th had crossed into Austria and the 63rd had been withdrawn from the line. So ended the collaboration of these two units. (Ref: Shelby Stanton,”Order of Battle U.S. Army, World War II.” Presidio Press, Novato, CA. 1984. p 61-62, 135-136)