zbV 66 / 1 Ski Jager Division
2.Kompanie/Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V.66 - created for Malta invasion (Operation Herkules) with a strength of at least 10 heavy russ. Beute-Panzer. In July 1942 the 2.Kp. (russ. Beute-Pz.) / Pz.Abt.z.b.V.66 was transfered to H.Gr. Mitte. On the 31 May 1942 this unit had a 9 T 34, 1 KW I, and 1 KW II.
27 March 1944 2/z.b.V.66 was attached to Ski-Jaeger-Brigade 1 (renamed 1.Ski-Jaeger-Division on 15 Jun 44) and renamed to 4.(Pz.)Kp./schw.Ski.Btl.1.
On the 30 december 1944 l.Ski.Jg.Div. reported a strength of 28 T 34, of which 9 were operational.
This T 34 issued to the z.Kompanie/Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V.66 has been modified by adding a German Kommandantenkuppel (commander's cupola) on the turret and outfitted
with German tools and a Notek Tarnscheinwerfer (black-out headlight)
(From Sergey Ryijov collection)
This T-34 has been equipped with a commanders cupola from PzKpfw III/IV, on boards additional boxes, the tool, a box for canisters. Winter 1943/44.
(Regenberger, Dr. Werner: Scheiben. Horst: Captured tanks under german flag. Russian battle tanks.Shiffer Military.)
This T-34 also has been equipped with a commanders cupola from early PzKpfw III/IV, on boards additional boxes.
A T 34 with a commander's cupola was employed by the 4.(Pz.)Kp./s.Ski.Btl.l (formerly 2.Kp./Pz.Abt.z.b.V.66) in the Pripyet marshes early in 1944.
Note a comander cupola from germans tank and open to the right side part of initial T-34 turret hatch. Also interesting mounted diamond-shaped boxes.