Friday, 29 January 2021
Rapid Fire! Operation Barbarossa and beyond in 20mm- A few more vehicles for the 'Panzer Grey' period.
Sunday, 24 January 2021
Again close to the Forest of Jean Pierre-Papin, the heavy tanks of Pz-Kompanie (Fkl) 316 gather while waiting for the Borgward IV that the author of this post still doesn't have. In fact this picture, or anything close, probably never happened as between 6 or 10 Tiger I (or only 3...) apparently fought side by side with other units of Panzer Lehr while the 5 Tiger II of the first variant stayed behind at Chateaudun, more than 200 Km to the East from its division, plagued with numerous mechanical bugs.
This post only happened due to extra readings while painting Simon's Soldiers Lehr Pzgrenadiers and the casual two Tiger tanks in my stash. I found some very interesting threads like this one to make these models :
were you can find lots of information on these Pz Lehr Tigers and also the living proof that the Web can be a dangerous place for a fight as you can´t see your opponent. Second page of this thread is exceptional on giving detailed information on the actual fighting of the Tiger IIs against the American 3rd ACR in August.
Also the next one is very rich on information on the famous 'Marle Tiger' for many years said to belong to the s.SS Pz.Abt.101 but more recently placed with the Fkl 316 attached to Pz Lehr:
Sunday, 17 January 2021
Mielke Panzer company was part of Kampfgruppe Knaust and consisted of two PzIV (one Ausf G and one Ausf H) and six PzIII (Ausf F, G, H and M) on its arrival at Arnhem on the 18th of September 1944. This tank company came from Bielefeld and from the Panzer school of Pz Regiment 11, 6th PD.
Masters Colin and Richard mention one PzIV and one PzIII on both RF! OMG supplements. Perfectly logical and balanced but, due to being tired of making PzIV, I used two PzIII for this company. Besides, using PzIII in late 1944 makes another distinguishable German unit due to the relative rarity of this tank by then.
The final push for making this company was the excellent post from Mike´s Research Blog you can find here:
I used for these models the inevitable Concord book by Marcel Zwarts on the German Armour at Arnhem, The Squadron Signal book on the PzIII and some nice photos Piers Brand kindly sent to me of his own Mielke Panzer Company.
I used an Armourfast kit for the PzIII Ausf. F(or G?...) and a PSC for the PzIII Ausf. M.
Monday, 11 January 2021
The personnel of the two battalions of the 901st Panzergrenadier regiment, plus two companies of the Aufklärungs battalion of the Panzer Lehr, gathers at the Forêt de Jean-Pierre Papin (don`t remember if I said this one or not...) to be briefed by Generalleutnant Fritz- Bayerlein himself.
In my Mortain series I placed FJ soldiers together with the Panzer Lehr vehicles. This was true as Panzer Lehr was under II FJ corps control by August 1944 but the true reason for no grenadiers with Pz Lehr was simply because I was out of Grenadier battalions having spent all my 12 1944 German infantry battalions, both Heer and SS, with other divisons (even so not the 16 necessary to play Op. Luttich from the German side).
Panzer Lehr Division is a very visually distinctive unit in Normandy: all four Panzergrenadier battalions rode in Sdkfz 251 half-tracks and the number of tanks was also very high and even included three Tiger I and five Tiger II in the Funklenk unit (even if the Kingtigers were of the first design and left behind at Chateudun, close to Orleans due to malfunction). Another point of interest of Panzer Lehr was the uniform of the Panzergrenadiers which sported the same jacket as the Assault Gun battalion crews and this is the main reason for this post.