Martin Cavell contacted me recently to share a snippet of information that might be of interest to readers of the series. Over to you Martin:
The Stug IV on p.12, I noticed for the first time that the driver’s visor’s sunshade/rainguard is hinge-connected to the visor’s armoured guard, and in this photo you can see one sunshade is folded back over its armoured guard. I guess this hinge allows access for cleaning etc. I never knew they were hinged.
Neither did I. Here is an enlargement of the offending visor. Thanks Martin!
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: