Dragon DRA60240 German Sd. Kfz. 162/1 Jagdpanzer IV L/70 w/Side Skirt Armor and Antenna - Command Version, "#221", Western Front, 1945 (1:72 Scale)
"If the tank succeeds, then victory follows."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
The Jagdpanzer IV L/70 (A) Zwischenlosung was the last tank to enter service with the Wehrmacht in September 1944. Essentially, German tank designers placed a Jagdpanzer IV turret on a Panzer IV chassis then fitted it with a powerful 75mm L/70(A) gun. The Zwischenlosung proved to be an excellent tank killer even though only 278 vehicles were built by war's end.
This particular 1:72 scale Jagdpanzer IV L/70 tank destroyer comes with side skirts and a star antenna. Number "221" was a command vehicle used on the Western Front in 1945. Sold Out!
Length: 4.5 inches
Width: 1.75 inches
Release Date: September 2006
Original Issue Price: $19.99
Historical Account: "Across the Rhine" - Once the Allies had crossed the Rhine, the British fanned out Northeast towards Hamburg crossing the river Elbe and on towards Denmark and the Baltic. The U.S. Ninth Army, which had remained under British command since the battle of the Bulge went south as the northern pincer of the Ruhr encirclement.
The U.S. 12th Army Group fanned out, the First Army went north as the southern pincer of the Ruhr encirclement. On April 4 the encirclement was completed and the Ninth Army reverted to the command of Bradley's 12th Army Group. The German Army Group B commanded by Field Marshal Walther Model was trapped in the Ruhr Pocket and 300,000 soldiers became POWs. The Ninth and First American armies then turned east and met up with the Soviet forces near the River Elbe in mid-April. The first units to make contact were from the U.S. 69th Infantry Division of the First Army and the Soviet 58th Guards Division of the 5th Guards Army near Torgau, on the Elbe River on April 25th. The rest of the American 12th Army group had fanned out to the East into western Czechoslovakia and Southeast into Northeast Bavaria. By V-E Day, the U.S. 12th Army Group was a force of four armies (1st, 3rd, 9th, and 15th) that numbered over 1.3 million men.
The American 6th Army Group fanned out to the Southwest passing to the east of Switzerland through Bavaria into Austria and North Italy. Elements of the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division were the first allied troops to arrive at Berchtesgaden, which they secured along with the Berghof (Hitler's Alpine residence).
Field Marshal Montgomery took the German military surrender of all German forces in Holland, Northwest Germany and Denmark on Lüneburg Heath an area between the cities of Hamburg, Hanover and Bremen, on the May 4th, 1945. As the operational commander of some of these forces was Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, the new Reichspräsident (head of state) of the Third Reich this signaled that the European war was over.
On May 7th, at his headquarters in Rheims, Eisenhower took the unconditional surrender of all German forces to the western allies and Russia, from the German Chief-of-Staff, General Jodl, who signed the surrender document at 0241 hours. General Franz Böhme announced the unconditional surrender of German troops in Norway. Operations ceased at 2301 hours Central European time (CET) on May 8th. (courtesy: Wikipedia)