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Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V. 66

Post by Falou » 28 Sep 2003 10:43

Hello,

I read that "z.b.V" means "zur besonderen Verwendung " translated by "for special utilization". But what are theses special utilization of this Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V. 66?

Thanks a lot for your help.

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Post by Juha Hujanen » 28 Sep 2003 14:14

In practice that could just meant that the unit was an independent panzer-abteilung without being attached to any panzer.regiment.

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Post by daveh » 28 Sep 2003 18:07

Pz Abt zbv 66 created 30/5/42

1st company equipped with uparmoured Pz IV, VK1601, VK 1801 to Heeresgruppe Nord

2nd company equipped with T34 and KV Beute-Panzer sent to Heeresgruppe Mitte

the unusual equipment in this abt. is reflected in the use of the zbv term.

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Post by Falou » 29 Sep 2003 07:55

Thanks a lot for your help!

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Re: Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V. 66

Post by bearn » 02 Jul 2011 04:03

Hello!

One question about zBV 66.

1. Kp./z.b.V. 66 commander is Hans-Günther Bethke

Who is the 2. Kp./z.b.V. 66 (captured russian tank) commander?

With best wishes, Vasily.

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Re: Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V. 66

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 21 Sep 2014 21:59


Personnel from Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V.66 with their Panzer IV Ausf.G, 1942.

Zur Besonderen Verwendung, in short z.b.V. means “for special purpose” in German.

Invasion of Malta fortress, Unternehmen Herkules needed a special tank unit. A new tank company was formed with Panzer IV Ausf.G tanks. This company was called Panzer-Kompanie z.b.V.66, lead by Oblt. Bethke, a Ritterkreuzträger. Later the operation was cancelled, and the company was reorganized as a batallion with 2 companies, one of which (1.Kp.) went to Heeresgruppe Nord and the other was employed in rear area of Heeresgruppe Mitte. They switched from tropical uniforms to black panzer uniforms.
Source: http://5sswiking.tumblr.com/post/469368 ... -v-66-with


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