Panzerstahl PS88003 German Sd. Kfz. 161 PzKpfw IV Ausf. F2 Medium Tank - 14.Panzer Division, Russia, 1944 (1:72 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 accommodate the modifications.
This particular 1:72 scale replica of a German PzKpfw IV Ausf. F2 medium tank was attached to the 14.Panzer Division, then serving in Russia during 1944. Sold Out!
Length: 4 inches
Width: 1.5 inches
Release Date: June 2010
Historical Account: "Organizational Issues" - 14.Panzer Division was unusual in the German Army for not forming in sequential order. 14.Panzer Division was formed in August 1940, 12.Panzer and 13.Panzer were not formed until October 1941. The 14.Panzer Division was established using veteran units from 4.Infanterie Division and 4.Panzer Division as a basis for its structure. 4.Infanterie Division provided both Divisional Organization and the infantry components while 4.Panzer Division provided the tank element by transferring the 36.Panzer Regiment to the new 14.Panzer Division.
The Division took part in a number of actions with Army Group South up to June 1944. In August, after being refitted, it was transferred to Army Group North to take part in the defense of the Kurland area (now Latvia and Lithuania). The refit included the I/36 Panzer Regiment taking delivery of a battalion of Panther Tanks. In January 1945 the Soviets launched a number of major attacks across the Eastern Front. Much of Army Group North - including 14.Panzer Division - was bypassed and became trapped in the Kurland Pocket, and remained there until Germany's surrender in May 1945.