BG24: PzJg MkII(b), JgdPz SU100(r) & JgdPz SU85(r), & JgdPz M10(a)

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8782878344c PzJg MkII(b):
This vehicle was a field modification to improve the striking power of a captured Matilda tank (British Vehicle Note 26) by removing the turret and welding on a superstructure to mount a 7.5cm L48 gun.
† The turret is unarmoured to the rear TCA and has reduced armour on the other aspects as indicated by "Turret AF: 2F/1S/★R" on the counter
† Before any type of immobilization result due to an attack [ExC: one caused by mines, or by Direct Fire hit vs the front or rear Target Facing] takes effect, a subsequent dr must be made. If this dr is ≤ 3, Immobilization occurs; if ≥ 4, it does not. This is signified on the counter by "Immob: dr ≤ 3" on the counter.
See also German Vehicle Note N, BG.
 

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878487858786878756a JgdPz SU100(r) & JgdPz SU85(r):
Both of these potent tank destroyers (Russian Vehicle Note 35 & Note 36)were used by the Wehrmact. Since they were constructed on the chassis of the T-34, both could be maintained and added a potent mobile anti-tank element to the beleaguered German foces.
Although photographic evidence of the SU-85 in German use exists, there are only scattered references to the use of the SU-100. Given its' relatively small numbers and late entry into the conflict, any use of the SU-100 would have been small.
See also German Vehicle Note BG.
 

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8788878956b JgdPz M10(a):
This represents a captured M10 (U.S. Vehicle Note 23) returned to service. One was used in the defensive battles in Italy.
† Due to a lack of spare parts and fuel for this vehicle, Russian Multi-Applicable Vehicle Note Note M applies. A start up roll is required. On an "11" the vehicle stalls and on a "12" the vehicle is immobilised as indicted by "12: Immob 11: stall" on the counter.
See also German Vehicle Note BG.
 

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Officially modeled as the PzKw MK II 748(e) "Oswald", only one was known to exist. The Matilda tank had been captured in 1942 and sent to Holland for rebuild and was used as a training vehicle. There is a possibility it was used against the Canadians in 1944 in Holland and was either destroyed or scrapped as it didn't survive the war intact. As Vinnie has more aptly named the vehicle PzJg MKII 748(b), using an ASL identifier, its probable use was that of a tank destroyer if it was ever used.
 

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Officially modeled as the PzKw MK II 748(e) "Oswald", only one was known to exist. The Matilda tank had been captured in 1942 and sent to Holland for rebuild and was used as a training vehicle. There is a possibility it was used against the Canadians in 1944 in Holland and was either destroyed or scrapped as it didn't survive the war intact. As Vinnie has more aptly named the vehicle PzJg MKII 748(b), using an ASL identifier, its probable use was that of a tank destroyer if it was ever used.
Thanks. I'll retract the notes to take this into account.
 

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View attachment 8782View attachment 878344c PzJg MkII(b):
This vehicle "Oswald" was a field modification to improve the striking power of a captured Matilda tank (British Vehicle Note 26) by removing the turret and welding on a superstructure to mount a 7.5cm L48 gun. It was captured in 1942 and rebuilt in Holland. It may gave been used against Canadian forces in 1944-45.
† The turret is unarmoured to the rear TCA and has reduced armour on the other aspects as indicated by "Turret AF: 2F/1S/★R" on the counter
† Before any type of immobilization result due to an attack [ExC: one caused by mines, or by Direct Fire hit vs the front or rear Target Facing] takes effect, a subsequent dr must be made. If this dr is ≤ 3, Immobilization occurs; if ≥ 4, it does not. This is signified on the counter by "Immob: dr ≤ 3" on the counter.
See also German Vehicle Note N, BG.
 

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I would probably drop the note "N" as where it may be possible that a field modification was made in North Africa and that is likely where the Matilda was captured, there has been no documented evidence that such a vehicle configuration was ever used there. It seems as if this was a one off adaptation and was used primarily for training in Holland and perhaps as a last ditch use against the Allies there as well.
 

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Possibly there were more than 1 captured Matilda named Oswald, but the one I can think of was not armed with a 75mm gun.

The one I have in mind used a 5cm KwK 38 L/42. It was built on a Matilda II Mk I captured in France. The giveaway is that the suspension was slightly jacked up, presumably to give greater ground clearance and that is only known to have been done by British field workshops in France. That vehicle is believed to have been retained in NW Europe (mainly Netherlands) for training after conversion.

Fitting a 7.5cm KwK 40 L/48 with a barrel length of 3.6m+ (3.3m+ for the L/43) would be not be very practical on a 5.6m long Matilda II.

 
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