A Panzerbefehlswagen III Ausf.H (command tank) belonging to the Panzer-Regiment 5. in Africa. It was equipped with a dummy 3.7 cm gun and a ‘Kugelblende’ (ball mounted) MG34 next to it in the mantlet and had additional 30mm armor plates bolted to the front. A pistol-port replaced the hull mounted MG35. The vehicle has been painted over in a light coat of Sandgrau (RAL 7027) over the Schwarzgrau (RAL 7021) and a patch of which surrounds the DAK palm emblem on the front plate. Next to the pistol port, a white letter 'G’ can be seen, indicating it to Pz.Rgt.5.
Plate01: Perhaps the best-known Sd.Kfz.250 ever built. Rommel’s Sd.Kfz.250/3 leichter Funkpanzerwagen “Greif”, often misquoted as a Sd.Kfz.250/5 leichter Beobachtungspanzerwagen it most definitely is a Sd.Kfz.250/3. The soldier standing on the left is standing on the seat box seen in the Sd.Kfz.250/3 series, but missing from the Sd.Kfz.250/5 series of half-tracks. It is a middle production vehicle with the track mounted semaphore indicators, but has the earlier medium height indicators. Of note is the spare aerial in its own brackets with a supplementary support tip of the semaphore. The leather cover for the Notek light is still in place, the headlights have their own factory lens covers made of leather, the tracks hanging from the front lifting hooks, as does the tow cable. In the background to the right is Rommel’s personal Horch Kfz.21 Funkbefehlwagen plus a Kfz.15 Dienstwagen to the left,
Plate01:A Sd.Kfz.250/12 leichter Messtruppanzerwagen with an extra stowage box (the oblong box on the rear) for range finders and other important ‘specialist’ equipment. The role of the vehicle is for extended range artillery spotting, ranging and surveying. They were also used to position their own artillery for maximum effort. Anybody who has seen episode number 3 “Carentan” of the Band of Brothers series can tell you just how well German artillery was ranged.
This picture was taken by Erwin “The Desert Fox” Rommel
Plate01:This Sd.Kfz.253 DAK crew certainly have as much creature comforts as possible given their location and been very successful in adding their personal invetory. They have two catering sized cans that are or were full of what appears to be figs. The large tins are marked as “Spezial Delikatesse Frischgebaken” (Special delicacy baked/or cooked). The tent pole stays are secured with Panzer I track-wheels and there appears to be a leather motorcycle pannier hanging off the rear of the Sd.Kfz.253 leichter Gepanzerter Beobachtungskraftwagen. Of note here is the “bed-frame” antenna attached. These were needed due to the long ranges the war in the Western Desert campaigns were to have.