M15/42 738(i) from Pz.Abt.z.b.V.12

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1st October 1943: Kompanie was in Serbia and equipped only with French tanks with 13 R-35, 20 H-38 and 8 B-2 combat ready and more in reparation.

1st January 1944: All B2 has handed to 7.SS Prinz Eugen and received Italian tanks. The combat ready dotation was 13 R-35, 19 H-38, 1 L6, 12 L40, 4 M13/40, 3 autoblinda.

1st February 1944: The combat ready dotation was 14 R-35, 18 H-38, 1 L6, 16 L40, 2 M13/40, 3 autoblinda.

1st March 1944: the Kompanie became Abteilung, the unit received 43 M42 tanks.

The combat ready dotation was 15 R-35, 23 H-38, 1 L6, 10 L40, 3 M15/42, 3 autoblinda.

1st April 1944: The combat ready dotation was 12 R-35, 24 H-38,  11 L40, 1 M15/42, 6 autoblinda.

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1944, Croatia. PzKpfw M15/42 738(i) from Pz.Abt.z.b.V.12.


In Automn 1944, Pz.Abt.z.b.V.12.operated primarily in eastern Serbia, on the Bulgarian border, where 1.Gebirgsjäger Division kept the crossroad of Nis. Prinz Eugen replaced 1.Gebirgsjäger Division.

1st October 1944: The combat ready dotation was 6 R-35, 18 H-38,  4 L40, 33 M15/42, 3 autoblinda.

On 14 October morning, some Pz.Abt.z.b.V.12 tanks pierced to allow the garrison Nish out. Pursued by the Bulgarian, the tanks are finally scuttled.

(Pictures 2-4 from the book "PANZERWRECKS 4 ")


1944, 15 october, Nis. Serbia. Bulgarian soldiers check out a PzKpfw M42 738(i) from Pz.Abt.z.b.V.12.


(From e-shop)

Between 14 and 20 october 1944, the battle for Belgrade raged. Germans lost and retreated. Parts of Abteilung are encircled and cut off from the unit.


(Pictures 5-6  from the book "PANZERWRECKS 7 ")


1944, 14-20 october, battle of Belgrade. Pictures of PzKpfw M15/42 738(i) from Pz.Abt.z.b.V.12 in Belgrade have been taken in 1945.  

On 1st November: Pz.Abt.z.b.V.12 have 15 M42, 8 H38 and 2 R35.

1st February 1945: The Abteilung was disbanded and transferred to Germany, gave to the others units the vehicles that were left.

1st March 1945: Its 4.Kompanie became part of Panzer-Abteilung 202.