Hobby Master HG4305 1:72 Sd.Kfz. 234/1 Pz.Aufkl, Abt.4, 4th Panzer Div. Poland, Jan 1945

Hobby Master HG4305 1:72 Sd.Kfz. 234/1 Pz.Aufkl, Abt.4, 4th Panzer Div. Poland, Jan 1945
Item# 3280-4305
$31.95
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Product Description

The eight-wheeled Sd.Kfz.234/4 was created as a stop gap measure. Designed as an anti- tank destroyer it was in a way similar to the Marder Tank Destroyer because it was poorly armored and had an open top making the crew very vulnerable. This vehicle was able to neutralize almost every enemy tank of that time as long as it wasn’t a head to head engagement. The Sd.Kfz.234/4 was primarily used by reconnaissance companies and provided anti-tank support for other reconnaissance vehicles.

January 1945 saw a break in the fighting so the German 4th Panzer Army formed a defensive position in southern Poland. Unaware that the lull in fighting was to allow the Soviets to prepare to mount a massive artillery bombardment of the area held by the Germans. The bombardment was so successful that it destroyed half of the 4th Panzer Army armored forces. The Germans had no choice but to withdraw to the western side of the Oder River and try to regroup and set up another defensive front.

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