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Panzerbefehlswagen III Ausf H Tauchpanzer

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Panzerbefehlswagen (Command Tank) III Ausf H(U) Tauchfahrig (Submersible Motor Vehicle) also known as Tauchpanzer or U-Panzer (Submersible Diving Tank, Underwater Tank). During the preparation for invasion of United Kingdom, Operation Seelss‚àÇwe (Sealion), Panzer IIIs and IVs were converted into submersible tanks. All openings were sealed, commander‘s cupola, gun mantlet and machine gun mount covered with rubber sheeting, turret ring protected by inflatable rubber ring. Exhausts were fitted with valves that let the exhaust leave but kept water out. Air was supplied via a flexible 60-foot (18-meter) hose held on the surface by a buoy. Maximum safe depth was about 50 feet (15 meters), maximum underwater speed about 3 miles per hour (4.8 kilometers per hour). From June to October of 1940, 160 Panzer III Ausf F/G/H and 8 Panzerbefehlswagen III Ausf E along with 42 Panzer IV Ausf Ds were converted into Tauchpanzers. Since Operation Sealion was cancelled, Tauchpanzer IIIs and IVs were used during Operation Barbarossa, in service with Sixth Panzer Regiment,Third Panzer Division, and 18th Panzer Regiment, 18th Panzer Division (which crossed river Bug at Patulin). These vehicles used a rigid air supply hose and could ford water up to 13 feet (4 meters). This photo is probably staged, taken before the invasion of Russia.
Image Filename wwii0119.jpg
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Image Dimensions 700 x 480
Photographer Unknown
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Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed June 22, 1941
Location River Bug
City Pratulin
State or Province Polesie Voivodeship
Country Poland
Archive Library of Congress
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Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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