21 January 2013

A Destroyed Panzerkampfwagen 35(t) in Poland

Image size: 1600 x 1600 pixel. 513 KB
Date: Monday, 18 September 1939
Place: Poland
Photographer: Unknown

The picture come from a German album, although it depicts a KO'd vehicle. A Pz.Kpfw. 35 (t) a.k.a. Skoda, Lehky Tank-35 brewed up in September 1939, Poland. Note a white cross insignia of the period, painted on the gun mantlet, just to the right of a gun. The photo is an eBay find by Alex Zaretser of "The Armor Journal". There's lots of good photo coverage of the 35's in 1939. Many wrecks as well since they didn't perform well obviously. Incidentally, two Panzer 35's and one Panzer IV KO'd in five minutes on 18 September 1939 by Polish officer aspirant Orlik and his 20 mm armed TKS tankette. Confirmed number of the totally written off Pz.Kpfw. 35 tanks in Speptember 1939 was 77, although Oberst H. Bade in his "Die Bereitstellung des XV AK an der Pilica und Einsatz zwischen Bzura und Warschau, 15-18 September 39, Abfertigungsjahr 1941" mentions a number 89 plus 33 heavily damaged.


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