M15/42 738(i) from Panzer-Abt.202
Abteilung was in Bosnia-Croatia area.
In February 1944, the Panzer-Abt.202 started replacing captured French tanks with 67 M42. Engines were frost damaged, electrical systems were defective, canon and machineguns were rusted.
1st March 1944: 3 M15/42 operational in addition of French tanks.
1st April 1944: 4 M15/42 operational (+7 repairable within 3 three weeks), 8 somua S35, 16 Hotchkiss.
1944, Spring, Serbia. M15/42 738(i) from 2.Kompanie of Panzer-Abt.202 during an anti-partisan operation with 6th Cossack cavalry regiment Terek along the Belgrad-Zagreb railway line.
(Pictures 1-6 from "Les cosaques de Pannwitz" Francois de Lannoy)
This M15/42 738(i) is a radio tank, with german antenna base. Painted in sand yellow and green. The balkenkreuz is with thin with contours edged black. Probably n°201.
M14/42 from Pz.Abt.202 got bogged down. Side of casemate is protected with track links.
Three M42 n°213, 214, 222 from Pz.Abt.202. The fist one is immobilized in the mud and the other two are trying to recover it.
Germans M 15/42 from Pz.Abt. 202 run in mountan road.
(From "Italian Armour in German Service 1943–1945" by Daniele Guglielmi)
1st July 1944: 24 M15/42 operational (+8), 20 Hotchkiss, 4 S35 (+5)
1st August 1944: 30 M15/42 operational (+10), 2 Hotchkiss and 2 S35
1st September 1944: 36 M15/42 operational (+6), no French tanks.
Abteilung moved to Serbia. 2.Kompanie was sent into Romania and later in Hungary and employed there under various Kampfgruppen.
1st October 1944: 28 M15/42 (+9)
1st November 1944: 17 M15/42 (+13)
1st December 1944: 16 M15/42 (+6)
1st January 1945: 18 M15/42 (+5)
1st February 1945: 13 M15/42 (+8)
1st March 1945: Abteilung received 9 italian armoured vehicles when SS StuG Batterie Skanderberg was disbanded in 1945, 2 Stug M41 mit 75/18 and 7 M13/40.
It has received a 4.Kompanie previously from Pz.Abt.z.b.V.12, Abteilung didn’t know the equipment
15 M15/42 (+5), 1 M41 and 5 M40 repairable in less than three weeks.
1945, March, Nagykanizsa, Hungary. A M15/42 from 2.Kompanie of Pz.Abt. 202 lies overturned.