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