Panzerwrecks 14: Ostfront 2 is scheduled for release in December 2012.
Feature sections include “Odd StuGs: Ostfront Edition”, “Tehumardi Wrecks”, “Wrecks of Operation Bagration”, and “Panzer Wrecks in the Woods”. Oddities and rare vehicles pictured include Sturmgeschütz III and IV uparmoured with concrete and more; Bergepanzer III armed with a 2cm Kw.K; Lines of wrecked Panthers at Narva; Pz.Sp.Wg. 204(f) outfitted as a ‘Draisine’; Six photos of the rare 7.5cm Pak 97/38(f) auf Pz.Kpfw.740(r); Hungarian armour: Turán I and II, Nimród; Final production Pz.Kpfw.IV; Wrecked Bulgarian Pz.Kpfw.IVs in Hungary; and Panther Ausf.G infra-red ready.
Long list of vehicle include: Tiger I, Tiger II, Panther Ausf.D, Panther Ausf.A, Panther Ausf.G, Panther Ausf.G – I/R ready, Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G, Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H, Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.J, Sturmgeschütz IV, Panzer IV/70(V), Jagdpanzer IV, Hummel, Nashorn, Flakpanzer Möbelwagen, Sturmgeschütz III Ausf.G, Sturmgeschütz III Ausf.C/D, Sturmhaubitze 42, Pz.Beob.Wg.III, Bergepanzer III – 2cm KwK, Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf.J, Wespe, Pz.Jgr.II für 7.5cm Pak 40, T 34/76, 7.5cm Pak 97/98 auf Pz.Kpfw.740(r), Pz.Kpfw. M3 (a) Stuart, BT42 (Finnish), Nimrod (Hungarian), Turan I (Hungarian), Turan II (Hungarian), Sd.Kfz.251 Ausf.D, Sd.Kfz.251/3, Sd.Kfz.251/9, Sd.Kfz.251/16, Sd.Kfz.251/17, Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf.A, Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf.B, Sd.Kfz.10/4, RSO/01, 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 Pz.Sp.Wg.AB41 201(i), and Pz.Sp.Wg.P 204(f).
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Army Motors, March 1945
Panzerwrecks 13: Italy 2, the latest volume in the well known Panzerwrecks photo-book series, has been released by authors Lee Archer and William Auerbach. Photograph features include: Weapons Dump – Italian Style; Nashorn 214; Elefants of 1./s.Pz.Jg.Abt.653; and Dug-in Panther Turret – Concealed Killer. Other highlights include: Recaptured Shermans from 760th U.S. Tank Battalion and NZ 19th Armoured Regiment; Sturmgeschütz IV fitted with concrete add-on armour; rare photos of the Panzerjäger Elefant, field modification of Sd.Kfz.10/4 halftrack with a 2cm Italian Scotti flak; T-34 tanks used in Italy; and AB41 armored cars surrendered to U.S. forces.
Panzerwrecks 13 lengthy Axis vehicle list includes: Elefant, Tiger I, Panther Ausf. A uparmored, Panther Ausf. A dug in, Panther Ausf. A, Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. G, Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H, Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. J, Sturmgeschütz IV, Nashorn, Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. G, Sturmhaubitze 42, Marder 38t, M4A1 Sherman, Sherman III (M4A2), T-34/76, 19.4cm Kanone 485 (f) GPF, StuG M42 mit 75/18 850 (i), StuG M42 mit 75/34 851 (i), StuG M43 mit 75/34 851 (i), StuG M43 mit 105/25 853 (i), 15cm Panzerwerfer 42, le.Zgkw 1t (Sd.Kfz. 10), Sfl. (Sd.Kfz. 10/4) für 2cm Flak (Scotti), Sfl. (Sd.Kfz. 10/5) für 2cm Flak, le.Zgkw 3t (Sd.Kfz. 11), Nbkw für 15cm NbW41 (Sd.Kfz. 11), 3.7cm Flak36 auf Sf (Sd.Kfz. 7/2), m.S.P.W. (Sd.Kfz. 251) Ausf. C, le.S.P.W. (2cm) (Sd.Kfz. 250/9) Ausf. A, and Pz.Sp.Wg.AB41 201(i).
More information can be found at: www.panzerwrecks.com.
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Summary of vehicle painting and maintenance instructions from AR 850-15 from Army Motors, Vol. 6, No. 6, September 1945.
THE NEW AR 850-15
The law on “Miscellaneous—Motor Vehicles” gets a major overhaul for the first time in two years. This’ll help you get hep to what’s what.
Changes that affect you—because they affect vehicle operation and maintenance—blew in with the newly-revised AR 850-15 (1 Aug. 45). New do’s and don’t's, new words like “semigloss” and “full gloss” have been written into the regulations. And a lot more, too.
Good news for maintenance men who’ve long been bitching about lusterless OD breaks out in par. 7, which prescribes approved semigloss olive drab for vehicles (certain ones excepted). The new paint is Enamel, olive drab, rust-inhibiting, U.S. Army spec. 3-181, amendment 3, type V—Fed. Stock No. 52-E-7574 for a 1-gal. can, 52-E-7574-75 for a 5-gal. can. But don’t start requisitioning it now—the stuff won’t get into supply channels for 60 to 90 days, and anyway, you only put it on when the vehicle’s due for a repaint. ASF Circular 291 (1 Aug. 45) says: “The new painting procedure… will be applicable to U.S. Army motor vehicles now in use, other than those excepted… when the vehicles require complete refinishing in accordance with established maintenance schedules and upon the availability of the semigloss paint prescribed.”
On busses, ambulances (except 3/4-ton 4×4′s), and passenger sedans, the AR goes whole hog on gloss. It says they may be painted a full gloss OD—but not until a repaint is necessary.
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A guide to defense against airborne troops from Cavalry Mechanized Reconnaissance Squadron, Cavalry Field Manual FM 2-30, U.S. War Department, Washington, DC, March 1943:
The reconnaissance squadron is a highly effective agency in the scheme of antiairborne defense as outlined in FM 100-5. Generally speaking, airborne troops in force will be used either ahead or to the flank of their enemy for the purpose of seizing and holding key terrain or behind it as a vertical envelopment. In either case, the squadron has an active role.
a. The squadron operating ahead of the division will, in all probability, be the nearest element to any point at which an air landing is attempted in the division zone of advance. The points at which such an enemy operation will be profitable should be as well known to friendly commanders as they are to the enemy and should therefore be expected. Long-range air reconnaissance may further reduce the element of surprise. Division G-2 should immediately warn the reconnaissance squadron commander of any airborne movements observed either in preparation or aloft. Being thus alerted, the squadron commander can plan how he will oppose a landing at any probable point in his zone.
(1) Parachutists should be prevented from reaching and opening their weapon containers.
(1) The reconnaissance commander encountering airborne troops in his zone must make a rapid decision based on the stage of the enemy development, relative strength, and the urgency of his primary mission. He may decide to attack, to contain the force until reinforced by the division, or to bypass and report the incident.
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