Panzerwrecks 14 page 64 – Ausführung update

William Horn contacted me a couple of weeks ago regarding the Panther on page 64 of Panzerwrecks 14:

I have recently acquired volume 14. On the lower picture on page 64 you claim that the vehicle is a Panther A. If you look at the jack block rack, the small cable rack, and the position of the rear storage box, you will see that it is a Panther G. I am sure that others have probably caught this but I thought I would point it out just in case. I love your publications and they have given me countless hours of pleasure and expanded my knowledge of WWII German vehicles. Keep up the great work!

Yep, I agree with you William.

Panzerwrecks 14: Comments from Mario Lippert!

Mario Lippert contacted us recently regarding Panzerwrecks 14, he writes:

On page 28 and 29 is a Panther near a railway line. I attached 3 stills which show the same Panther (in my opinion), I think it´s also from the Halbe pocket.

On the last page is a Tiger II wreck in Pillau, you write it´s of s.SS.Pz.Abt. 503. But it´s actually of s.Pz.Abt 505, and thanks to the good quality of the photo we can see it´s of the 3. company, you can see a ‘3’ on the gun mantlet. And with a bit fantasy we can see the “Zimmerit cut out” on the turret side.

Thanks Mario!

More on the location of Panther in Panzerwrecks 2 from Ronny August

Following on from his previous submission, reader Ronny August kindly took the time to visit Werbig to photograph what remains of the railway station. Here is what he had to say:

Earlier than expected, I’m back again from a short visit to my old home. I tried to take some pictures at the location at railway station Werbig. Now, the most leaves of trees and bushes are fallen down and now you can recognize more details. Unfortunately, the weather was quite bad, like autumn normally is. So the pictures are not of the best quality.

Picture one (above) shows, how I think, nearly the position were the old Panther-picture was taken.

Picture two (above) shows a detail of the remains of the old, wider railway platform with its iron construction, also recognisable in the b/w picture. At wartime there were two tracks at this railway and therefore the platform had to be much wider then today with one track.

Picture three (above) shows the location nearly photographed from the position, like the old picture (1914), I sent to you.

Thanks Ronny

Location of Panther in Panzerwrecks 2 identified by Ronny August!

Recently we received an email from Ronny August regarding one of the Panthers in Panzerwrecks 2. Over to you Ronny:

In your very excellent series “Panzerwrecks”, I’ve found in PW 2 page 85, the picture of a Panther tank of I./Pz.Rgt.29 „Müncheberg“. The location there is given as „in a suburb of Berlin“.

I think I know what the real location definitely is, if you don’t know it already. It’s the cross-station at post station Werbig (Postbahnhof Pbf) near the village Werbig, not far away from the famous town Seelow (Seelow Heights). At the front side of the building you can clearly perceive the name of the station written in white. Today the building is no longer present, but the railways and the upper platform still exist, and i think the tree is still there, too. On old postcards you can clearly see the same design of the building. I will try to take a picture this winter at the same location for comparison (Then&Now).

It could be, that this tank was prepared or equipped with night vision equipment for night time operations. This unit of I./Pz.Rgt.29 was in action at this area in 16/17th of April 1945. The tank was manufactured by DB or possibly MAN. With a closer look, I think you can recognize at the right side of the tank rear hull, the smaller and armored stowage compartment for IR-equipment. I think the tank has the very late commander’s cupola without the AA-ring, but for me there is visible a MG-mount. Because of the very interested group of Russian soldiers, i think it was an uncommon “Panther”.

Do you know more about this vehicle at the moment?
Can you tell me where this photograph is from, please?

I look forward for your next editions of Panzerwrecks. It’s always a real pleasure.

Greetings and best wishes from Germany.

Ronny August

In a subsequent email Ronny included a scan of a period postcard of the station (taken in 1914), shown below:

Panzerwrecks 4 P33

Closure to this ‘case’ came with the purchase of an excellent little book called ‘Les chars de la Résistance by Luc Braeuer. Photographs on pages 38 & 39 show our Panther in FFI use bearing the name ‘Dauphiné’. The identifiers are the French roundel on the side of the gun mount, distinctive damage to the side track-guards and ‘Zimmerit’ on the glacis plate. A rear three-quarter photo shows the tank to have been a Befehlspanzer as it has the armoured pot for the extra antenna fitted to the engine deck.

I bought mine from Aviation Book Centre (product link, opens in a new window)

Les Chars de la Resistance