16 January 2013

Tank-Infantry Cooperation with Panzer 35(t) at Pskov

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Date: Sunday, 6 July 1941
Place: Pskov/Pleskau, Pskov Oblast, Soviet Union
Photographer: Kriegsberichter Zoll from PK (Propaganda-Kompanie) 694

Tank/infantry cooperation: Panzer 35(t) Skoda (turmnummer 713) from 6. Panzer-Division/Heeresgruppe Nord advances through a burning Russian village near Pskow, northern Russia, July 1941. Note heavy external stowage of fuel cans. The Skodas are supported by Panzerkampfwagen IV tanks, which equipped one company of each battalion at this date. The small turret numbers seem to have been characteristic of the division. The 6. Panzer-Division overran every enemy position in its path during Operation Barbarossa, broke through the Stalin Line and crossed the River Dvina. Through dust and sand, woods and swamps it advanced via Ostrov and Pskov (Pskow/Pleskau) to the Luga River, the gateway to Leningrad - a trip of 800km (497 miles) in three weeks! At Luga the advance came to a temporary halt to allow supplies and infantry to catch up.

Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-209-0090-29
Book "The 6th Panzer Division: 1937-45" by Oberst a.D. Helmut Ritgen

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