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German Tank Tracks Type A vs. B, vs. V.

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    December 2012
Posted by Ixion on Thursday, June 27, 2019 10:33 AM

I'm glad this helped. This is a difficult subject to figure out without a chart like this one. I believe there are similar charts for Panthers, Tigers, etc. As you have seen, mixing of track types, (of the same width) was common for field-repairs. Even stranger things have happened, like one side running in the "normal" direction and the other side reversed, I have photos showing this....somewhere in my "highly organized" files. Wink

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    March 2019
Posted by Leichenmacher on Thursday, June 27, 2019 9:51 AM

Ixion

This Modelkasten track chart helps with the timeline and vehicle type, at least for Panzer III/IV tracks;

Obviously every other panzer type would have it's own track chart. Sorry, but I don't have all that information assembled together. No idea about the A, B, and V type designations, I've never seen this before.

 

This is fantastic information!  Thanks so much.  In additional “picture” searching I did actually see some instances where a vehicle had a mix of track types within one track.  I guess it just came down to what was available when it came time to replace a failed track (at least, within the same size).

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    March 2019
Posted by Leichenmacher on Thursday, June 27, 2019 9:37 AM

That was an excellent “wag”... I should have put that together!

  • Member since
    December 2012
Posted by Ixion on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:44 PM

This Modelkasten track chart helps with the timeline and vehicle type, at least for Panzer III/IV tracks;

Obviously every other panzer type would have it's own track chart. Sorry, but I don't have all that information assembled together. No idea about the A, B, and V type designations, I've never seen this before.

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    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:24 PM

I’ll take a WAG:

Alkett, Bomvol und Zionel, and Vomag?  Track manufacturers?

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    March 2019
German Tank Tracks Type A vs. B, vs. V.
Posted by Leichenmacher on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:02 PM

Okay, gonna need some help here again...

So apparently some tanks (Pz.Kpfw.III and IV for example) had MANY different flavors of tracks.  Different widths, open horn, solid horn, solid horn with an indentation in the middle... not to mention specialized tracks for snow (Winterketten) and mud (Ostketten).

But what do the designations Type "A", "B" & "V" mean?  I specifically see this when shopping MasterClub tracks.  And it appears to be the appearance of the track face?  The "B"'s seem to be smooth, and the "A" and "V" seem to be indicitive of the diagonal traction lines that are sometimes present on the track.  ("A"'s facing one way, "V"'s facing the other)?

Can anyone flesh this out a little with regard to these "A" and "V" types?  Where where they used?  Most pictures I see show them as the smooth face (particularly on the StuG III).

Educate me please!!

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