The Beutepanzer Pz.Kpfw. M15/42 with turret from Pz.Kpfw. 38 (t) has been a unique tank conversion made from the chassis of an Italian medium tank M15/42 on which the turret of a light tank of Czech origin LT vz. 38 (Pz.Kpfw. 38 (t) in its German designation), which served in the Ustasha forces in Croatia and in German detachments in the Balkans. The only information available is three images taken in 1944 and 1945. We do not know their authorship, although it is attributed to the Germans, neither their number nor their use, so that a good part of the statements presented come from the analysis of said documents or from reasoned deductions. Before going on to analyze this conversion, it is necessary to know the situation in which the Balkan scenario was found in which this hybrid arose. After the German conquest of Yugoslavia in April 1941, Germany promoted the creation of an independent Croatian state, ideologically related to the fascist movement. The new Croatian state began to create its own armed forces in a heterogeneous way. These were made up of a core of regular forces, called Hrvatsko Domobranstvo (Croatian National Guard), plus a series of militias from different ideological movements. One of the most prominent movements was the Ustaša organization, a nationalist and fascist party that was characterized by the extreme use of violence, and which had its own body of paramilitary forces, the Ustaška Vojnica (Ustasha soldiers). These have fulfilled a role similar to that of the Waffen SS within the German NAZI party and, like them, have been accused of numerous acts of repression.
It was in this environment that the first reference to a unknown vehicle . An Italian M15/42 medium tank modified to carry the turret of a Pz. 38(t), possibly of the Ausf F model, of Czech origin although in the service of the Wehmacht, thanks to the images published by Dinko Predoevic,The U.O. 139 seems to be the number assigned to this armor within the set of Ustasha armored forces or within those available in the Ustaška Obrana. The aforementioned Dinko Predoevic published, along with this image, some previews of what appears to be a parade in which, from a position almost identical to the one used to photograph the M15/42 with a Pz.38(t) tower, the passage of a CV35 and three L6/40 bearing the signs “U.O. 123”, “U.O. 128”, “U.O. 129” and “U.O. 130” from which it can be deduced that it is a correlative and specific number assigned to each armored vehicle.
- 3,7cm ÚV vz. 38 Same gun as the Pz 38t capable of firing the same shells
- 1 Coaxial ZB-53, Vz.37 Machine gun
- 2 Chasis Machine gun Breda M38
- 3,7cm ÚV vz. 38 Gun, 1 ZB-53 machine gun, 2 Breda M38 machine gun
- Front armor 50mm,Turret amor 50mm, 42 mm side armour,
- Engine FIAT-SPA 15TB M.42 a 8 cilindri a V
- Maximum speed of 38 Km/h
- autonomy 220 km
- weight 15,5 Tons
- 4 crew members: commander, driver, gunner, loader
Why it should be in game :
- It is a unique vehicle, since it is not known exactly how many were made, since Croatia did not use the M15/42 or the Pz 38 (t), it would give a new vehicle to Italy and Germany in a tier where Italy needs vehicles,It would be a good premium or squad vehicle that would raise more interest from players in Italy, given a strange mix between an Italian tank and a German one (Czechs).
- Armored units of the Axis forces in southern Europe in WW2. Dinko Predoevic; Bojan Dimitrijević
- Armoured units and vehicles in Croatia during WWII. Part II Axis armoured vehicles from April 1941 to September 1943. Dinko Predoevic.
Бонусы без депозита казино за регистрацию с выводом
- Oklopne jedinice na jugoslovenskom ratistu 1941-45. Bojan Dimitrijevic; Dragan Savic
- Panzerwrecks X. Lee Archer; William Auerbach
- Yugoslavian armored units 1940-1945. Paolo Crippa; Luigi Manes
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