Rakkasan187 Posted March 17 Share #1 Posted March 17 Some of you may know that I am the curator of the 1st Armored Division and Ft Bliss Museums at Fort Bliss, Texas. We have been going through preparations for a redesign of our museum to start sometime this September. We will be closed for about 18 months as we go through the redesign. We have been rewriting the storylines for 1AD, Ft Bliss and the US Army NCO Museum will also be located in our facility. We have been reaching out to other Army museums obtaining artifacts for display when we complete the redesign. We have been restoring vehicles and obtaining new ones for conservation and preservation. The following is the text that I wrote for the 1st Armored Division and Ft Bliss Museum FACEBOOK Page. The First Armored Division Museum is very excited to share with its museum followers, the Ft Bliss community, and others of the arrival of a World War Two German Panzer III tank to the museum this morning. The tank arrived from the Armor and Cavalry Training Support Center at Fort Benning, Georgia. We have offloaded the tank and it will be going to the Fort Bliss LRC for a very detailed and deliberate conservation and preservation project sometime in July. We are in the very early stages of gathering information on this tank, so we will update everyone when we have more detailed information but here is some general information about the Panzer III. A FACEBOOK follower was able to provide a little more information about this Panzer III, and they revealed that it was recovered from Tunisia and the original 7.5 cm KwK L/24 gun was replaced by a 3.7 cm (37mm) gun when the tank was located at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. The Panzerkampfwagen III, commonly known as the Panzer III, was a medium tank developed in the 1930s by Germany and was used extensively in World War II to include North Africa against the 1st Armored Division. The official German ordnance designation was Sd. Kfz. 141. It was intended to fight other armored fighting vehicles and serve alongside and support the Panzer IV. It was decided that since the Panzer IV had more development potential, it was redesigned to mount the long-barreled 7.5 cm KwK 40 gun. The Panzer III effectively became obsolete and was supplanted by the later Panzer IV. From 1942, the last version of Panzer III mounted the 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24, better suited for infantry support. Production of the Panzer III ended in 1943. However, the Panzer III's capable chassis provided hulls for the StuG III assault gun until the end of the war. Many older Panzer IIIs was rebuilt as StuG IIIs in 1944 and 1945. We would like to thank the staff of the Armor and Cavalry Training Support facility at Fort Benning, Georgia, The Center of Military History Transportation and Movement Office, the Movement Branches at both Ft Benning and Ft Bliss, the Transport company who hauled the tank and Southwestern Industrial Contractors and Riggers who provided the crane support here at Ft Bliss to offload the Panzer. Without the combined efforts and support from everyone at both ends, this move would not have been possible. I just wanted to share this with everyone. Best regards, stay safe Leigh P.S. We recognize that the condition of this tank is not the best at the moment, and very extensive and deliberate restoration will be done on this vehicle BUT once completed it will be exhibited inside and out of the elements. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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