Quoted TextWhat a waste of a gun tank! Why would they delete the main gun in order to plow snow? Or maybe scratch out a trench? Can't see the Germans doing that. Is this variant confirmed or another napkin project?
To much surprise this is a real Panther,not another paper panzer.It looks like they were used to clear rubble out of bombed out streets.
aaannnd they managed to get the two dots in the wrong place, shall be over the a, not the u, sigh ...
The German name is Räumschaufelpanzer and that actually says what this is about.
Räumen is the verb for cleaning, clearing, evacuating and so on. A parent can tell a kid "Zimmer aufräumen!" and mean clean/clear/tidy your room.
It appears in the word Minenräumer (mine clearer, sweeper).
Schaufel is shovel and you all know what Panzer means
This vehicle is therefore a clearing-shovel-tank.
They had PLENTY of heavy duty street sweeping to do once the bombs had stopped falling ...
As for not removing the turret to reduce weight.
1. Easier to control operations and give directions to the driver from the turret.
2. The resulting hole would need to be closed off, minor work but still
3. The traction power to get the blade moving through rubble (drifts of bricks are a LOT heavier than snow) depends on the weight of the vehicle so removing the turret would actually make this improvised bulldozer less efficient. It would be spinning its tracks instead of pushing bricks.
Maybe a diorama with one of these, Mercedes 170V in US occupation markings (Miniart kit), some civilians in worn out clothes to show the initial efforts at rebuilding Germany after the war.
Bricks were cleaned and recycled to rebuild houses
Ask Google for images with the word Trümmerfrauen (rubble women)