AB-41 or Pz.Sp.Wg.AB 41 201(i) from the I. Btl./SS-Pol.Rgt. Bozen

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On 1st October 1943, the Police Regiment South Tyrol was etablished in Bozen. On 29 October it was renamed Police regiment Bozen. Saw action in Abazzia and Fiume areas of Istria until May 1944. The first battalion had an armored car platoon with an old Lancia 1ZM and an AB41. From June 1944 to beginning of 1945, saw action in the Pola area, Fiume, on the Trieste-Abbazia and Santa Lucia-Isonzo roads. In February 1945, I. / Bozen was in Aidussina (east of Gorizia).

On March 1945, was in Tolmino in the upper valley of the Isonzo, where it operated until the end of the war.

(All pictures from "Panzer units in the operationszone Adriatisches Kustenland (OZAK) 1943-1945 and the panzer-sicherungs-kompanien in Italy" Stefano di Giusto)

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1944, Spring. The only AB 41 armoured car used by the I. Btl./SS-Pol.Rgt. Bozen. Strangely the vehicle still has an Italian number plate (RE 310 B), of unusual form and dimension; apparently it also carries a three-colour camouflage (sand yellow, green and red brown) of Italian origin. The spare wheels have "Libia" tyres, suitable for desertic terrain, which were available in good quantity even after the loss of Africa, the other wheels have "Artiglio" tyres, suitable for European terrain. Note the Edelweiss of the mountain troops on the Feldmütze of the armoured car commander; the Bozen regiment was one of the few Ordnungspolizei units whose personnel carried the Edelweiss on their uniform. Later, the vehicle was repainted with german colours.

1944, Spring. Istria.

(Pictures 2-3  from  Panzerfahrzeuge und Panzereinheiten der Ordnungspolizei 1936 - 1945. Werner Regenberg. Podzun-Pallas)

1944, Summer. An AB 41 of the I. Abt./SS-Pol.Rgt. Bozen in the Istria peninsula or in the Fiume area.

(Picture 5  from 39/45 magazine)

1944, Summer. A convoy of the L/SS-Pol.Btl. Bozen is about to set off from Abbazia.