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kleiner Panzerbefehlswagen (Sd. Kfz. 265)

 

 

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In the years 1936 and 1937, 184 kleine Panzerbefehlswagen - small command tanks - (Sd. Kfz. 265) based on the chassis of the series 4a., 5a. and 7a. of the La.S. were manufactured. Contrary to the Panzerkampfwagen I (M.G.) (Sd. Kfz. 101) Ausf. B, it had no rotatable turret but a raised, closed superstructure. The commander’s cupola was not present at first. It was retrofitted, later.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Funklenkeinheiten - radio remote units - formed in 1940/41 received at first kleine Panzerbefehlswagen (Sd. Kfz. 265) as radio control vehicles. The additional radio equipment was stored in an armoured box which was located behind the superstructure. An additional antenna was mounted on the roof of the superstructure. For better observation, a periscope of a Panzerkampf- wagen 38 (t) was fixed into the left hatch of the commander’s cupola. (Photo: German federal archive via Wikimedia Commons; License: Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0-gb)

 

 

 

 

 

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