The Panzer III ausfM circa.1944-45.
Continuing with my World War Two 28mm collection I decided to create a German armoured platoon of 1944 -1945 European Theatre of War, the proposed infantry platoon needed some armour for the 1944 Normandy to the battle of the Bulge and Defence of Germany scenarios. So I picked up a Panzer IVausfH complete with 75mm gun for some extra fire power, also a Panzer IIIausfM.
Both these tank types were part of kampfgruppe 'Knaust' at Arnhem Holland 1944 fighting against British Airborne forces especially 2 PARA namely 2x panzerIV-H and 6x panzerIII-M. I used contemporary photographs of the battle for reference, both panzerIV were knocked out, it seems the panzer III were kept on the opposite side of the river to the British forces.
Die Waffenkammer make a really nice Panzer IV - H bought through Great Escape Games at http://www.greatescapegames.co.uk/miniatures/miniatures-rules-of-engagement/tanks-1.html
|Panzer IV ausf H|
|Panzer III ausf M|
A superb clean model, I followed the manufacturer's instructions and did wash it with detergent to remove any release agent that might be left on the model from the manufacturing process. The kit includes schurzen, extra sheets of armour around the turret and hull and extra stowage, tarpaulins, jerry cans etc. I'll show these at a later stage.
|panzer IIIM and IVH workshop|
|first sheet of schurzen reinforced with 1mm thick plasticard straps.|
|airbrushing would make a better job of the camouflage but isn't really necessary.|
|5th Company 1st Platoon 4th Tank|
|Panzer IIIausfM Warlord Games German Tank commander complete with cigar and binoculars.|
|The bailed-out panzer crew are Warlord Games 28mm miniatures.|