PzKpfw IV at the front UPDATE No.2
Barbarossa Stowage cont.
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The next "PzKpfw IV at the front" UPDATE contains 118 photos, which continue to add to the information laid down in the Barbarossa Stowage supplementary volume published in Aug 2010.
This update manages to fill most of the gaps left in that original volume and add some newly discovered information. The gaps addressed include:
how 1st PzDiv stowage changed in the build up to Barbarossa plus a driver's eye view of first days of action, coverage of 4th K - 4th PzDiv, unusual turret markings in 6th PzDiv, rear marking details for 4th K - 8th PzDiv, the use of and stowage for Ausf Fs in 9th K - 9th PzDiv, a bit more light shone on the numbering system of 11th PzDiv, Kompanie specifics for 16th PzDiv, all round detail for 9th K - 17th PzDiv (ex-Lehr), unusual turret bin makings on 19th PzDiv and 5th PzDiv during the Winter of 41/42, 20th PzDiv rear stowage, 2nd PzDiv Stab markings & 5th PzDiv right hand stowage.
Along with this unit specific information there are a few things discussed that are of general interest. Including: 3 examples of cupola AA MG use and an 88 under tow!
The format of the book follows that of the original Supplementary volume, with each Division being dealt with like a chapter. Where there are new general issue they are discussed as a heading and then individual Kompanies are described. Followed by specific turret numbers and Ausf for other vehicles not shown in the book.
Although this volume is an update to the previous edition it can still work as a stand alone book, as there are examples of all Kompanies included. So it could be useful either to drill down for that really specific detail or to get a sense of the vehicles and epic landscape of this gargantuan conflict.
This series of books (PzKpfwIV at the front: from 8wheels-good Publishing) is an exploration of the development of the PzIV, the only tank to be in uninterrupted mass production for front line service from the first to the last day of WWII. They are made up entirely from images of my own original photographs that I have collected over the last 10 years. The small profit made on each book will be put back into enlarging and preserving the collection so more titles can be added and images shared. Each volume contains fully captioned images, tables where appropriate and details from the reverse of the photographs. The tables are a collection of dates from all the main references available, existing museum vehicles and photographs which can be dated. They are born from my own frustration of endless trips to the books case to cross reference different sources and the wish to create a one stop reminder. I hope that they will be appealing to historians, wargamers and modelers alike.