I'm trying to find any reference on 9 P.D. Panzer IV turret markings when they were in France in July, 1944 during the Falaise pocket battle. I've only seen one picture of a 9 P.D. Panzer IV, from Kursk in 1943, and it had smaller than usual numbers that appeared to be solid black. Does anyone know if these were carried over when they moved to France for refit and merged with 155 Replacement Division? If not, what form would the turret markings take (if any).
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Have seen five photos of Pz IV I07, I08, 314, 322 and 401, all are identically marked with small white only characters (estimate about 30cm tall) on the turret skirting at front sides and centre rear, no balkan crosses are carried on the turret skirting.
Not really involved with the Falaise pocket, all the above knocked out Pz IV are in the Le Mans area and slightly north, this information is from "La Liberation de Marolles les Braults" by Fabrice Avoie.
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