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Sd.Kfz. 234/3 mit 7.5cm KwK

Dragon announced the upgrade of their Sd.Kfz. 234/3 eight-wheeled armored car kit to a Premium Edition new release: No. 6786: 1/35th Sd.Kfz. 234/3 mit 7.5cm KwK.

SdKfz 234/3 Amored Car with 75mm KwK
 

King & Country Spitfire II

New releases from King & Country include a Spitfire II and Rolls-Royce Armoured Car.

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1/72nd Armor Kit News

New 1/72nd scale armor releases from Dragon and Cyberhobby covering Russian and German vehicles: Sdkfz. 222 Panzerspähwagen, Ferdinand, T-34/76 Model 1942, and Jagdtiger.

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Death of a Tiger Tank

Interesting WWII newspaper correspondent’s report from Tunisia in April 1943:

Death of Tiger Tank

By Noland Norgaard

With the British 8th Army Beyond Sousse, Tunisia—(Wednesday)—Delayed—(AP)

The crew of a German Mark VI Tiger tank hastily set fire to the heavily armored machine and fled on foot when a spunky British armored car charged with its only machine gun blazing.

The story of the unequal encounter and its surprising ending was told today by a sergeant from Bath, the commander of the seven ton car which took on an opponent nearly nine times its size as the British 8th Army charged north through Tunisia.

“We poked the nose of our car over the edge of a hill and saw a Mark VI sitting there with its heavy gun trained on our troops to the east,” the sergeant recalled. “We left our other cars and skirted around to the other side and then came at the tank and directed our machine gun against the crew, who for some reason had dismounted from their vehicle.

“Two of the four crewmen got back into the tank and set it afire. They must, have some device ready for such a purpose because they were able to destroy it very quickly. The fire seemed to come from the motor instead of the spot where they were.

“Then the Germans jumped out again and hit the ground to avoid our fire. We captured them, and another of our cars captured the other two, who tried to get away.”

A similar incident between an M8 armored car and a Tiger tank during the Battle of the Bulge was reported in “The Battle at St. Vith, Belgium, 17-23 December, 1944: An Historical Example of Armor in the Defense” published by U.S. Army Armor School, Fort Knox, KY, 1966.

While the northern and eastern flanks had been heavily engaged, the northeastern sector (Troop A, 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron; Company A, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion; Troop B, 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron) had been rather quiet. The only excitement there had been when an M8 armored car from Troop B destroyed a Tiger tank. The armored car had been in a concealed position near the boundary of Troop B, 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron and Company A, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion, when the Tiger approached the lines at right angles to move along a trail in front of the main line of resistance. As the tank passed the armored car, the latter slipped out of position and started up the trail behind the Tiger, accelerating in an attempt to close. At the same moment the German tank commander saw the M8, and started traversing his gun to bear on it. It was a race between the Americans, who were attempting to close so that their 37-mm gun would be effective on the Tiger’s thin rear armor, and the Germans, who were desperately striving to bring their 88 to bear. Rapidly the M8 closed to 25 yards, and quickly pumped in three rounds; the lumbering Tiger stopped and shuddered; there was a muffled explosion, followed by flames which billowed out of the turret and engine ports, after which the armored car returned to its position. [This action was reported to Major Donald P. Boyer, Jr.. S3, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion, by Captain W. H. Anstey (commanding Company A, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion) who witnessed the engagement.]

Allied soldiers informally referred to any of the German tanks armed with high-velocity guns as “Tigers,” so in both cases the panzers in question may actually be panzers of other types.

 

German Tank and Armored Car Sights

Summary of German panzer and armored car gunsights from TM-E 30-451: Handbook on German Military Forces, War Department, March 1945. [As with all U.S. wartime intelligence, the data may be inaccurate or incomplete. The source text has not been corrected.]


TypeUsed OnGuns and AmmunitionRange
Scales
(meters)
Magni-
fication
(X)
Field
(Degrees)
Overall
length
(less eye
guard)
(inches)
Weight
(pounds)
Exit
Pupil
distance
(mm.)
Entrance
Pupil
diameter
(mm.)
Remarks
Turret Sighting Telescopes
T.Z.F. 2 and 2X.Pz.Kpfw. I. Models A and B.7.92 mm MG 13.8002.52819195.5It is not known with what gun the T.Z.F.2 was used, nor in which vehicle. Monocular.
T.Z.F. 3a.4-wheeled armored car. Sd.Kfz. 222 and semi-tracked A.C. Sd.Kfz. 250/9.2 cm Kw.K. 38.
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
1200Little is known about this telescope. Monocular.
T.Z.F. 4.Pz.Kpfw. II Models A to C.2 cm Kw.K. 30.
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
12002.52522.520717.5First confirmed Leitz design. Monocular.
T.Z.F. 4/36 and 4/38.Pz.Kpfw. II Model F.2 cm Kw.K. 30.
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
1200
800
2.52522.521717.5The range of 800 metres applies to T.Z.F. 4/36 and that of 1200 metres to T.Z.F. 4/38. Monocular.
T.Z.F. 5a.Pz.Kpfw. III Models A to D.3.7 cm Kw.K. (AP and HE).
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
2000
800
2.52532.2524512.5Monocular.
T.Z.F. 5a. (Vorl) 5 cm.Pz.Kpfw. III Model E, etc. (See Remarks).5 cm Kw.K (AP and HE).
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
2000
1500
2.52532.2521.5512.5Monocular. Modified T.Z.F.5a, superseded by T.Z.F.5d.
T.Z.F. 5b.Pz.Kpfw. III with 7.5 cm. Kw.K. Models J to N. Pz.Kpfw. IV Models B to F.7.5 cm Kw.K.
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
2000
800
2.423.532.2521.5512.5Monocular.
T.Z.F. 5b/36.Pz.Kpfw. IV. Models B to F.7.5 cm Kw.K.
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
2000
800
2.423.532.2523614.4Monocular.
T.Z.F. 5d.Pz.Kpfw. III. Models F and J.5 cm Kw.K. (APC and HE)
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
3000
1500
2.42531.820.135.513.2Monocular.
T.Z.F. 5.Pz.Kpfw. III Models L and M.5 cm Kw.K. 39 AP or APCHE
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
1500
3000
1200
2.42531.820.135.513.2Monocular.
T.Z.F. 5f (Vorl)Pz.Kpfw. IV Models F2 to H.7.5 cm Kw.K. 40 APCBC
     HE
     AP40
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
2500
3300
1500
2.42531.820.135.513.2Monocular. The HE scale serves for the machine gun also.
T.Z.F. 5f. 1.Pz.Kpfw. IV Models G to K.7.5 cm Kw.K. 40 APCBC
     HE
     AP40
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
3000
4000
1500
2.42532265.813.9Monocular. The HE scale serves for the machine gun also.
T.Z.F. 6.8-wheeled armored car and Pz.Sp.Wg. II (Luchs) Sd. Kfz. 123.2 cm Kw.K. 30 and 38, and 7.92 mm M.G. 34.12002.42228.421512Monocular.
T.Z.F. 6/38.2 cm Kw.K. 38 and 7.92 mm M.G. 34.12002.525Little known about this telescope but known dimensions agree with those for the T.Z.F.6. Monocular.
T.Z.F. 9b.Pz.Kpfw. Tiger Model E.8.8 cm Kw.K. 36.
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
4000
1200
2.42632.537615Binocular. Adjustable interocular distance.
T.Z.F. 9d.Pz.Kpfw. Tiger Model B.8.8 cm Kw.K. 43 APCBC
     HE
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
3000
5000
Monocular. The HE scale is believed to serve for the machine gun also.
T.Z.F. 12.Pz.Kpfw. Panther Model D.7.5 cm Kw.K. 42 (L/70) APCBC
     HE
     AP 40.
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
3000
4000
2000
2.52945.163.886.215Binocular. Light and dark filters fitted. The HE scale serves for the machine gun also.
T.Z.F. 12a.Pz.Kpfw. Panther Models A and G.As above.3000
4000
2000
2.5
5
19
15
44.5446.2
3.1
Monocular, dual magnification.
Hull Machine Gun Telescopes
K.Z.F. 1.Early models of most tanks.7.92 mm M.G. 34. (gimbal mountings).200
(fixed)
1.8185Cranked, monocular, moving-eyepiece type.
K.Z.F. 2Pz.Kpfw. I, Commander’s.
Pz.Kpfw. II, Flamethrower.
Pz.Kpfw. III, Commander’s and Models F to J.
Pz.Kpfw. IV, Tiger and Panther.
7.92 mm M.G. 34. (gimbal and ball mountings).200
(fixed)
1.751814.1375Cranked, monocular, moving-eyepiece type.