Blitz 72 BL17980 German Steyr 1500/A01 with 2cm FlaK 38 Gun - Panzer Grenadier Division 'Grossdeutschland', Poltawa, Russia, 1943 (1:72 Scale)
"If the tank succeeds, then victory follows."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
In August 1943, Steyr-Werke indicated to the Waffenamt the possibility of using the RSO as a self-propelled carriage for the PaK40 gun. As a result, a Test Series of fifty was ordered on September 30th, 1943, to be ready within one month. Hitler saw a demonstration of this vehicle early in October, and the fifty were sent for troop trials with Army Group South. In January 1944, Hitler stated that he was most interested in this equipment and a production plan was formulated, giving projected figures of: from March 1944 60, April - 100, May - 150, June - 200, and from July - 400 per month.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a German Steyr 1500/A01 with 2cm FlaK 38 gun that was attached to the Panzer Grenadier Division 'Grossdeutschland', then serving on the Eastern Front during 1943. Sold Out!
Length: 4 -1/2 inches
Width: 1-1/2 inches
Release Date: February 2011
Historical Account: "Greater Germany" - On June 23rd, 1943, Infanterie Division "Grossdeutschland" was officially re-classified as a Panzergrenadier Division. The two infantry regiments became known as Panzer Grenadier Regiment Grossdeutschland and Panzer Fusilier Regiment Grossdeutschland. Interestingly, both units retained their white arm-of-service or branch color (waffenfarbe) rather than the new grassgreen piping adopted by the panzergrenadiers. Involved in Operation: Zitadelle, Panzer Grenadier Division Grossdeutschland was, in actuality, a full-fledged panzer division since it was one of only a handful of units equipped with a battalion of Tiger tanks.
After Kursk, the unit fought on the Dniepr Line, and by early 1944 was fighting in the north, retreating into East Prussia and Latvia as the Russian onslaught continue to gather momentum.
In November 1944, the Grossdeutschland Division was still regarded as a Panzergrenadier division, although other units within its 'sphere of influence' were expanded to form the Panzerkorps Grossdeutschland.