|Artillerie Schlepper T70 & PaK40|
Regular readers will be aware that I wish my 1943/44 "Mini-Kampfgruppe" to sport a couple of unusual vehicles. Originally, I was thinking of converting a BA-3/6 armoured car but after a great deal of thought, I reckon this is simply impractical. Thus, I have spent a great deal of time this week thinking of an alternative.
After shelving the "Stummel" idea I had a second dip and found an unassembled JTFM T-70 bought a couple of years back. Digging deeper unearthed a couple of PaK 40s (one Artizan & one unknown) This haul got me thinking...
|Improvised R35 Panzerjäger.|
During WW2 many captured tanks (and even armoured cars) were stripped of their turrets and pressed into service as "Schleppers" or tractors. Used to tow various ordnance they were a cheap (partial) solution to the military's horrendous equipment short-fall. There is much photographic evidence of once towed weapons being field-mounted upon their prime-movers. A great many weird and wonderful vehicles can be tracked (ho ho) down if you trawl period media.
|Another strange field-mod.|
As the T70 was used to tow the PaK 40, I see no reason why an improvised Panzerjäger would not have been made. The chassis is certainly capable of handling the weight and firing stresses - so why not! Also, having the requisite parts to hand helped me decide - minimal extra outlay is required! So to cut to the chase, I will be starting to build such a model over the next few days.
Any comments or suggestions are most welcome - please feel free to post them below.