Rui wrote:Hi Alan
In Jentz's Panzer Tracts No.10: Artillerie Selbstfahrlafetten, shows that were converted only 24 Geschützpanzer le.F.H. 16 und 18 Hotchkiss. That matches with Ron Klages post. Maybe it happened something similar to Pz.Jg.Abt. 200, the same total of guns but redistributed in 5 companies, in a reduced number in each. Could be the following OoB?
Stab = 1 x 7.5cm Pak40 auf Ho
1. - 5. = 16 x 7.5cm Pak40 auf Ho; 24 x 10.5cm leFH18 auf Ho
(Total = 17 x 7.5cm Pak40 auf Ho; 24 x 10.5cm leFH18 auf Ho)
Spielberg states that were produced 24 Großer Funk- und Befehlspanzer 38 H (f) and were used in the Hotchkiss SP Artillery Batteries. In page 170 appears a photo of one vehicle with a tactical symbol of a Stabbatterie in a StuG.Abt. But it appears that the numbers of conversions in Spielberg book about this vehicle and others don't match with Jentz numbers...
The Großer Funk- und Befehlspanzer 38 H (f) (page 170) appears to have similar markings like in 8cm Raketen-Vielfachwerfer auf So (page 89): Inverted triangle, camouflage, tactical symbol of Stabbatterie in a StuG.Abt...
Hi, Rui, in accordance with the OOB chart of 21. Pz division on June 1 1944 and on Aug 1 1944, 200.Sturmgeschutz Abteilung only had four kompanies :
On June 1 1944 they totally had 17 x Pak -40 on Hotchkiss chassis and 24 x 10.5 cm haubitze on Hotchkiss, organized in four batteries.
On Aug 1 1944, they totally had 8 x Pak -40 on Hotchkiss chassis and 19 x 10.5 cm haubitze on Hotchkiss organized in four batteries.
Unfortunately, that part on July 1 1944 is too dirty for me to tell you what they had.
So, no such thing as fifth kompanie.