Personnel from Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V.66 with their Panzer IV Ausf.G, 1942.

Zur Besonderen Verwendung, in short z.b.V. means “for special purpose” in German. 
Invasion of Malta fortress, Unternehmen Herkules needed a special tank unit. A new tank company was formed with Panzer IV Ausf.G tanks. This company was called Panzer-Kompanie z.b.V.66, lead by Oblt. Bethke, a Ritterkreuzträger. Later the operation was cancelled, and the company was reorganized as a batallion with 2 companies, one of which (1.Kp.) went to Heeresgruppe Nord and the other was employed in rear area of Heeresgruppe Mitte. They switched from tropical uniforms to black panzer uniforms.

Personnel from Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V.66 with their Panzer IV Ausf.G, 1942.

Zur Besonderen Verwendung, in short z.b.V. means “for special purpose” in German. 

Invasion of Malta fortress, Unternehmen Herkules needed a special tank unit. A new tank company was formed with Panzer IV Ausf.G tanks. This company was called Panzer-Kompanie z.b.V.66, lead by Oblt. Bethke, a Ritterkreuzträger. Later the operation was cancelled, and the company was reorganized as a batallion with 2 companies, one of which (1.Kp.) went to Heeresgruppe Nord and the other was employed in rear area of Heeresgruppe Mitte. They switched from tropical uniforms to black panzer uniforms.