Tuesday, 24 April 2012

additional view for Vol 4

An expired ebay auction gives us a slightly wider view of this wrecked late G in the Selerno area previously pictured  in a press photo on page 41 of Vol 4. Unfortunately it still doesn't give us a view of the drive sprocket. It may have got wedged into the ditch and been destroyed by its crew. 

This image appears a bit later than the press photo as the front section of the turret schurzen and the aerial trough are both missing, what it does show up well is the cupola lid opening further than standard. A number of PzIVs in Italy seem to have this feature and whether this was a unit modification or a specific short run factory feature is unclear, however it also appears here in conjunction with the other possible factory specific feature of reversed tracks.

Friday, 13 April 2012

1st update

The first update to the 5 volumes is on the verge of completion, content and layout finished - just final proof reading and editing to undergo. It is 80 pages, portrait layout with most pages carrying two images, as detailed in previous posts.
The content includes:

7 Ausf A - including one being recovered in Russia.

17 Ausf B & C - including a "yellow" cross from the Polish campaign and a detailed series of 5 images showing the loading onto a trailer.

25 Ausf D & E - including 3 more showing groups of DAK vehicles with white road wheels.

3 more hybrids and 3 VorPz.

19 Ausf Fs - including a command version.

15 Ausf F2(G) - early G - including a number of images of long twisting aerial guard and flat recuperator sides.

21 late G&H - including 8 Bulgarian images.

6 Ausf J - mostly late war wrecks.

1 SturmstegPz.
2 turetless ammo carrier.
3 PzIV/70(V).
2 images of a late StuGIV with swinging schurzen - one of which is a close-up of hooded exhaust pipes.
1 early StuPa
1 Mobelwagen with dot camo

So quite a lot squeezed between the covers. I should have it uploaded to Blurb within the month.