In mid 30’ of the XX-century German army established the first Panzer Division equipped with PzKpfw I light tanks. Tanks were fitted only with Fu 2 receivers. HQ of the battalion and HQ of the regiment were equipped with command vehicles fitted with full set of radios contains Fu 2 and Fu 5 or Fu 6. The first series of 15 vehicles Leichte (Funk) Panzerwagen mit Sonderaufbau LaS 2 Serie (PzKpfw I Sd Kfz 101 Ausf. A) were finished in 1935. Later were ordered command vehicles based on up-dated 1 LaS May chassis. In 1936–1937 were fi-nished 184 vehicles in three production series. LaS 5a Serie Fgst für 2 Serie klPzBfWg Sd Kfz 265 and LaS 7a Serie Fgst für 3 Serie klPzBfWg Sd Kfz 265 command vehicles were fitted with commander’s observation cupola. 20 ex-Czechoslovakian light tanks PzKpfw 35(t) were converted to PzBfWg 35(t) command vehicles fitted with Fu 6 and Fu 7/8 radios and used in combat (1939–1941) in 1st Leichte Division and later 6th Panzer Division. 80–100 PzKpfw 38(t) Czechs tanks from various productions series were used as command vehicles PzBfWg 38(t) in 7th, 8th, 12th, 19th 20th and 22nd Panzer Divisions. PzBfWg 38(t) were fitted with a frame antena mounted on the engine compartment. In France in 1941–1944 Baukommando ,,Becker” converted various captured French armoured fighting vehicles to command version.The main types were: Großer Funk- Befehls und Beobachtungspanzer auf Lorraine Schlep-per(f) and Großer Funk- und Befehlspanzer 38H(f). Units armed with ex-French PzKpfw 35S(f) tanks used command version PzBfWg 35S(f) fitted witha frame antenna. German army used captured in September 1943 Italian command vehicles based on M14-41 or M15-42 tanks and SP guns (PzBfWg M41/M42 Kenn Nummer 771/772(i).
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