le FH 18/2 auf Fahrgestell PzKpfwg. II (Sf) (Sd. Kfz. 124) Wespe

Location: Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung (WTS) Koblenz, 56070 Koblenz, , Germany

Date: September 1997

This series of images was taken in October 1997 at the Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung (WTS) Museum in Koblenz, Germany.

This museum should be a “must visit” in any trip to Germany.

The particular vehicle features the rather unusual conical “caps” on the end of the recuperator and recoil assemblies, and has appeared in a number of publications.

You can imagine my surprise (and delight) when I found the Wespe literally in pieces – undergoing a very thorough overhaul, a hallmark of the WTS approach to its collection.

This afforded views of the major structural assemblies of the vehicles which I have not seen published elsewhere.

In its unassembled condition, I guess it represented the ultimate for a modeller – a 1:1 scale model just waiting to be built!