June 2016

The Sturmtiger.

by Daniel Russ on June 29, 2016

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  The Sturmtiger was a German assault gun built on the Panzer mark VI Tiger I chassis. The idea was to create an infantry assault support vehicle that could destroy heavily defended pillboxes and buildings. It carried a 380 mm rocket launcher, a 100mm grenade launcher and a 7.92mm machine gun. The 380 mm rocket […]

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The Elefant Panzerjager

by Daniel Russ on June 25, 2016

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    Began as the Ferdinand named after Mr. Porsche the famous car designer. The Germans built 91 of these tank destroyers. It featured the famous 88mm PaK gun and no external machine gun. Later versions featured a 7.62 MG-34 machine gun. This particular 88 mm gun was designed to fire a longer, longer range […]

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The Jagdtiger.

June 20, 2016

Abandoned Jagdtiger number 323 of the schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 653   .This monster German tank destroyer featured a 128mm gun that could stop any armored vehicle on the battlefield and penetrate almost any bunker. The Germans made 88 of them and deployed them as fast as possible. All of them had to be transported by […]

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The Nashorn

June 17, 2016

    PAK 43 88 mm gun was the tank killer of all time. It was Rommel who discovered in the deserts of North Africa that the anti aircraft 88 mm guns could be turned sideways and used quite effectively against armor. The Nashorn was first given the name Hornisse (Hornet). But Hitler named it […]

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The Hetzer

June 14, 2016

  The Hetzer, or Jagdpanzer 38 D was a mobile 75mm high velocity anti tank gun mounted on a widened Czechoslovak light tank chassis and 7.92mm machine gun operated from inside the vehicle. Some 2800 of these were built, mostly by Skoda in 1944 and 1945. It hada crew of four and a gas engine.   […]

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The Sturmgeschütz Series.

June 9, 2016

  Germany made more Sturmgeschütz anti tank guns than they made Panther tanks IV. 11,000 of these mobile guns were manufactured. Only 8,000 Panthers made it off the assembly lines. The Stug for short was a series of mobile assault guns that saw much action in World War II. The Stug III was built on […]

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The Marder.

June 5, 2016

  The Marder was one of the German armored assault guns used to support infantry advances and secure the flanks of armored assemblies. It was a citadel style, or open turret design. Soldiers really did not like the fact that gun operators were exposed to shrapnel and small arms fire. Some models sported the lethal […]

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D-Day Through German Eyes by Holger Eckhertz – A Review

June 1, 2016

  Dieter Eckhertz, German WWII journalist did extensive interviews with German soldiers who were defending Normandy Beach on June 6th 1944. His son, Holger just recently published these. Here for example is testimony from Second Lieutenant L.T.J. Wergens, an artillery Battery Officer assigned to the 716th Infantry Division, an amalgam of Balkan, troops and older […]

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