Following on from his previous submission, reader Ronny August kindly took the time to visit Werbig to photograph what remains of the railway station. Here is what he had to say:
Earlier than expected, I’m back again from a short visit to my old home. I tried to take some pictures at the location at railway station Werbig. Now, the most leaves of trees and bushes are fallen down and now you can recognize more details. Unfortunately, the weather was quite bad, like autumn normally is. So the pictures are not of the best quality.
Picture one (above) shows, how I think, nearly the position were the old Panther-picture was taken.
Picture two (above) shows a detail of the remains of the old, wider railway platform with its iron construction, also recognisable in the b/w picture. At wartime there were two tracks at this railway and therefore the platform had to be much wider then today with one track.
Picture three (above) shows the location nearly photographed from the position, like the old picture (1914), I sent to you.
Recently we received an email from Ronny August regarding one of the Panthers in Panzerwrecks 2. Over to you Ronny:
In your very excellent series “Panzerwrecks”, I’ve found in PW 2 page 85, the picture of a Panther tank of I./Pz.Rgt.29 „Müncheberg“. The location there is given as „in a suburb of Berlin“.
I think I know what the real location definitely is, if you don’t know it already. It’s the cross-station at post station Werbig (Postbahnhof Pbf) near the village Werbig, not far away from the famous town Seelow (Seelow Heights). At the front side of the building you can clearly perceive the name of the station written in white. Today the building is no longer present, but the railways and the upper platform still exist, and i think the tree is still there, too. On old postcards you can clearly see the same design of the building. I will try to take a picture this winter at the same location for comparison (Then&Now).
It could be, that this tank was prepared or equipped with night vision equipment for night time operations. This unit of I./Pz.Rgt.29 was in action at this area in 16/17th of April 1945.
The tank was manufactured by DB or possibly MAN. With a closer look, I think you can recognize at the right side of the tank rear hull, the smaller and armored stowage compartment for IR-equipment. I think the tank has the very late commander’s cupola without the AA-ring, but for me there is visible a MG-mount. Because of the very interested group of Russian soldiers, i think it was an uncommon “Panther”.
Do you know more about this vehicle at the moment ?
Can you tell me where this photograph is from, please ?
I look forward for your next editions of Panzerwrecks. It’s always a real pleasure.
Greetings and best wishes from Germany.
In a subsequent email Ronny included a scan of a period postcard of the station (taken in 1914), shown below:
Today we received an e-mail from Rudi Schoeters who had some observations about the photos of the StuG IV on pages 24 & 5 of Panzerwrecks 2, over to you /Rudi:
“P24-25 we see the ko’d StuG IV. take a closer look at the roadwheels and you’ll see a difference between the first 4 wheels and the next 4 roadwheels.
The wheels on station 5 to 8 have a protruding wheelrim which is not visible on the first four wheels.
Explanation : the wheels on station 1 to 4 are the standard roadwheels for 40 cm track, with rubber rim markings 470/90-359 meaning wheel diameter =470mm, rim width = 90mm.
The wheels on station 5 to 8 have the same standard wheels but with smaller ”earlier” rubber rims with markings 470/75 -359 meaning wheel diameter = 470mm and rim width = 75mm
The 75 mm rims were used on the ealier Panzer IV ’s ‘ Ausf A to D/E…….from ausf F onward the 90 mm rim was used but I’ve seen some wartime pics were the old 75mm rims were still used ( old stock)
BTW : the saumur Möbelwagen has this same feature on its roadwheels”
Thanks Rudi. Here it is as a graphic: