History: In January 1944, it was ordered that all
Panzer III returned for overhaul be converted to Bergepanzer. The production plan
called for fifteen to be converted in March, thirty in April and thirty in May.
These vehicles were to be used with the Panzerbergeanker (1 achs) (= armoured recovery
anchor; 1-axle) (Sd. Ah 40). This larger anchor was placed at an appropriate
location, and the bergepanzer pulled the vehicle to be recovered, via a reduction tackle
attached by cable to the anchor.