There's plenty of info on the web regarding the 3 digit numbers often seen on German armour - but what if there's only one digit.
I'm planning to model the Tiger in the black & white photo from schwere-Panzer-Abteilung 508.
Is this the same tank in this colour photo?
And some talented person has drawn this colour rendition but I'm not sure which tank (if they are different tanks) they've based their artwork on:
I have a set of decals for 'White 3'. Could there have been other coloured ID numbers within the 508 div?
If a tank is put out of action and replaced - does the ID number get transferred to the replacement tank?
There's a few books available that might have the answers - but it's a bit of a gamble. Does anyone have these books?
'Combat History of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 508, In Action in Italy with the Tiger I'
'Tigers in Combat' 3x Volumes.
So the coloured 'artwork' has the steel wheels - so that's probably based on the Tiger in the black & white photos - and this 'artwork' has 'White 3' - which is the same as my decal sheet - so I'm happy
The decal sheet is for 508/3 in Rome, March '44 - with rubber wheels - so although they're for a different Tiger I'll still use the 'White 3s' for my build.
A very interesting subject. Numbers were changed as tanks were redeployed or handed to a different division on the current owner's departure to the rear etc. Later in the war it was not uncommon to have no numbers as well.