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I believe Bovington's Hetzer is Fgst. NR 322111 and was captured during the war and studied by the British. I have found several interior pictures in the New Vanguard Hetzer book (credited to Hilary Doyle). I assume there was complete photo study done inside and out. Is there any way to get my hands on more interior shots? Actually I am not overly concerned with this vehicle but any interior photos of Hetzers that can't be confused with Swiss G13's.
Where can one find these types of pictures? Is there some British archives where they would be held? I live in the USA so a road trip is highly unlikely.
The Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles has a former G-13 that was backdated to Hetzer standard. It still has the Swiss-installed engine (Mercedes IIRC), but Marc and the team at the VMMV(Now the American Wartime Museum)were pretty meticulous about the conversion inside and out. They replaced any Swiss fittings with German items. In fact, the Swiss had painted the inside white, but there was German ivory colored paint behind several of the items mounted on the walls. Research revealed that the VMMV Hetzer/G-13 was a serial number that was actually on the line when the war ended. I can remember the museum team scoring the world to find things like the remote control for the roof-mounted MG and the commander's periscope.
You can find some photos on line at the website for the American Wartime Museum or the VMMV (VMMV.org), or you can come to the Open House 18/19 August and see it for yourself. I know that a number of AMPS members in CVAMPS have taken shots over the years. Hopefully this will get you some response.
While the drawings are remarkable, sometimes they are questionable in accuracy. As an example the the floor escape hatch apparently was not installed in war time Hetzers but all the drawings show it. I am also not sure if the storage bins under the drive shaft were a WWII fitting.