I have an Osprey New Vanguard book on the panzer IV. On page 25 there is a color plate the shows a panzer IV Ausf. B or C that supposedly participated in the Normandy campaign. Does anyone have any information on early panzer IV’s (75mm short barreled) that made it to the late stages of the war?. The information on the plate said that this vehicle was painted dark yellow with broad dark green stripes. It would be interesting to do an early in a three tone scheme. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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Yes - more common than you might think. Various German memoirs of the period refer to short-barreled Pz IVs and even Pz IIIs. Normandy - in fact France generally - was considered a low priority area pre-D-Day compared to the Eastern Front, so few units stationed there got top-of-the range AFVs as quickly as units in the East. There were also training units in the area who generally had older stuff anyway.
I was just reading something about this while doing some research for my Panzer iv project. And I came across a few photos that show a short barrel panzer iv in dark yellow with green bands of camo. Don’t know if this is in fact Normandy though, or if it’s even real……found this pic, just for discussion purposes.
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The photo looks almost identical to the color plate except the plate shows a dark yellow lower hull and running gear.
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That photo is colorized, says so right on it. Other than that, it does appear to be authentic.
There are other images knocking around in books that show short-barreled Pz IVs in France - not a vast number of images but they do exist.
As Ken said, that image is colourised (but at least they have the decency to watermark it as such).
I saw the same picture somewhere but wider angle and the road is lined with thick hedges both sides. My guess is that it’s Normandy
Lol yes it does, didn’t even notice it I was so focused on the tank itself. May have to do one of these the more I look at it……
Also of note on this tank is the mix of different types of caps on the road wheel hubs.
21st Panzer Division was reforming in Normandy after being destroyed in North Africa. They were given older Panzer IVs, Panzer IIIs, captured French Tanks and some of the conversions on those captured tank chassis. When D-Day happened they used those vehicles in combat.
Dead right Bob. That pictured Pz IV is usually attributed to 21PD.
Thanks to all who took time to help me with information and pictures.
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Since there is information confirming the presence of early panzer IV’s at Normandy, I have a follow up question. Since the early panzer IVs were produced before the use of zimmerit, would any have had zimmerit applied after their entrance in to service? My understanding is that zimmerit was applied at the factory but there were instances when it was also applied in the field. Any help would be appreciated.
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Some may have had zimmerit in the field, especially if they were in units that also had newer tanks wearing zimmerit. You would need to look at photos of the tank you want to build, see if it has it.
Thanks for your response. I take the lazy/easy way out when it comes to modeling. If there is a chance that some early panzer IVs at Normandy didn’t have zimmerit that is the way I’ll go. I take a very general approach when building. I don’t try to replicate any one vehicle specifically. I think it would be interesting to do, say a panzer IV D, in a three color scheme.
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