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PRESERVED GERMAN TANKS:GERMAN LIGHT AND MEDIUM TANKS OF THE
A7V TO PANZER IV
FIRST AND SECOND WORLD WARS PRESERVED
IN MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS
This book details the many historic German armoured vehicles that have been preserved around the world. It contains vehicles on display by themselves (for example, battlefield memorials and relics) as well as those in public museums and collections. It also contains some vehicles, owned by these museums and collections, which require restoration and are therefore not openly displayed at present.
This is believed to be the only complete source of information giving details of what German tanks have been preserved and where they can be seen. For many it will come as a surprise that many fascinating but very rare vehicles such as the A7V, Panzerjäger I, Schwere Minenräumer, Flammpanzer III, Waffenträger and Panzer IV/70 Zwischenlösung are still in existence and can be seen and photographed.
It is intentional that the rarer vehicles receive as much coverage as the more common ones since information on the latter is much easier to come by from other sources. The visual distinctions between the different models of each vehicle have been covered in detail since this is information that is of interest to many people (modellers particularly) but can usually only be found by scouring specialist publications. At the start of each section information is given on the vehicle specification (armament, armour thickness, and so on); it should be noted that this information is given in the following sections only where it differs from that in the previous section.
Since chassis numbers are not yet available, and there is no other register of these vehicles, it is planned that vehicles will have a unique reference number in each series, for example the PzKpfw IV that used to be at Bovington, then went to Munster, then to Trier, and is now back at Munster (restored and in new markings) can always be identified as “Preserved German Tanks: PzKpfw IV Number 4” or “PGT: PzIV #4”. This will be true in all future editions, even though new vehicles are likely to be added. To aid in this and to avoid confusion, all vehicles will be cross-referenced between series.
Finally, for those interested in statistics, this volume details 140 preserved vehicles.
Trevor Larkum, October 1994
I would like to express my gratitude to all those who have helped and encouraged me in my attempts to track down and catalogue preserved tanks around the world. This includes those who have sent information and photographs in response to my items in Military Modelling, AFV News and Wheels & Tracks magazines, especially those who have helped with information for this guide. In particular I would like to thank the following:
Winston G. Ramsey, editor of After the Battle Magazine, for starting my interest in tracking down preserved armoured vehicles and Bart Vanderveen, editor of Wheels & Tracks Magazine, for doing so much to encourage the preservation of armoured and military vehicles - both magazines were sources of information on preserved vehicles, as were the After the Battle books ‘Panzers in Normandy’ by Eric Lefèvre and ‘Battle of the Bulge Then and Now’ by Jean Paul Pallud. Also George Bradford (editor and publisher of AFV News), David Fletcher (librarian at Bovington Tank Museum), Hanno Spoelstra (compiler of the Sherman Register and other lists of preserved vehicles) and David Goulty for material help and encouragement; Capitaines Tributsch (director of the Saumur Museum) and Paul Malmassari for showing me around the Saumur collection; the late Colonel Michel Aubry (previously director of the Saumur Museum) for providing me with access to the restricted parts of the Saumur collection and permission to take photographs; Georges Mazy (of the Brussels Tank Museum) for permission to take photographs and for providing information; Ingvar Blomquist (director of the Axvall Pansarmuseet) for providing photographs at short notice;… [text abbreviated]