Forces of Valor 80017 German Sd. Kfz. 161/1 PzKpfw IV Ausf. F1 Medium Tank - 4.Panzer Division, Eastern Front, 1941 (1:32 Scale)
"If the tank succeeds, then victory follows."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
Just one month prior to the commencement of "Operation Typhoon" (the German assault on Moscow) the Waffenamt was scheduled to begin installing the long-barreled 7.5cm KwK gun on its new Mark IV Ausf G tanks. However, when the Wehrmacht encountered the superior Russian KV-1 and T-34 tanks during the summer campaigning season, a decision was made to mount the 7.5cm KwK40 L/43 gun onto as many existing Mark IVs as possible. Since the new gun fired larger rounds than the short-barreled gun mounted on the F1 tanks, ammunition storage capacity had to be increased and the crew compartment had to be re-arranged to accomodate the modifications.
This particular 1:32 scale replica of a German PzKpfw IV Ausf. F1 medium tank was used on the
Ostfront (eastern front) and attached to the 4.Panzer Division. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Width: 3 inches
Height: 3.25 inches
Release Date: July 2004
Original Issue Price: $39.99
Historical Account: 4.Panzer Division was formed in November 1938 at Würzburg. It fought in Poland and France, remaining in France until November 1940 where it was charged with occupation duty. Following a brief return to France it was transferred to East Prussia and took part in the invasion of the USSR, fighting on the central sector. Later on, it was repulsed by the Red Army, then fought in Lativa and Kurland from the summer of 1944 until January 1945 when it was transferred to West Prussia where it surrendered to the Red Army in April 1945.