The subject of this diorama is a Pkw.K1 Type 82/3, a lesser unknow variant of the famous German Jeep, used by the German forces in the early months of WWII.
Type 82/3 as Dummy tank: the armored version of the Volkswagen Kubelwagen (Pkw.K1 Type 82) was fitted with a new body produced by Ambi-Budd Presswerke Berlin. Between 80 and 100 of these vehicles were produced, fitted with removable dummy tracks and a rotating turret (on the turret can be mounted a machine gun) imitating an armored fighting vehicle were used for training purposes of tank crews. The vehicle as no doors; the only exit and a entry into the car is through the turret hatch.
Type 82/3 as Scout car: in the early months of the Russian invasion many
vehicles gained their first experience in the rugged terrain encountered in Russia. Nearly all type of vehicles in the German Army were used at the beginning of this campaign, some with great succes others proving to be a failure. Also the armored version of Kubelwagen were used, with bulletproof glass, sand-filled tyres and an MG-34 mounted in the turret was intended as replacements for the obsolete Kfz.13 (first German armored car after the Versailles treaty built upon a standard Adler car’s chassis), and were mainly used on the eastern front for support of infantry units and led small spearhead attacks along the front lines.
Photo from booklet “Strassen Panzer” Armor Series NO.05 and the book “Volkswagen Militärfahrzeuge 1938 – 1948” by Hans-Georg Mayer-Stein.