December 15, 2014

Panzer Is in the Polish Campaign

Column of Panzer Is
A column of Panzer Is passing by a field kitchen during the Polish Campaign.

Polish FT-17 Tanks

Destroyed Polish Renault FT-17 tanks
Destroyed Polish Renault FT-17 tanks at the northern gate of Brest fortress.
Guderian’s XIX Armeekorps (mot.) occupied the famous fortress on September 17, 1939.

Panzer IVs in Poland

Panzer IVs in Poland
Panzer IVs in a Polish village, during the September Campaign.

TK-3 Tankettes

TK-3 tankettes
TK-3 tankettes on parade in Kraków on May 3, 1939.

The TK-3 was a Polish light reconnaissance tank based on the British Vickers-Garden-Loyd Mark VI machine gun carrier. It entered service in 1932.

November 27, 2014

Mokra - September 1, 1939

Mokra


Mokra is a village in southern Poland. In 1939 it was close to the Polish-German border and it was situated on the main approach route towards Warsaw from the southwest. The German OKH conceived a double envelopment of the Polish Army which was to be carried by two strong Army Groups that were to trap the Polish armies in western Poland. In this pincer movement the southern arm was to be launched from the Silesian-Polish border northeastward and was to join the northern arm east of Warsaw. The German Tenth Army was to carry the main thrust. It struck out in the direction of Warsaw with the largest concentration of armor. Tenth Army’s strongest element was Erich Hoepner’s XVI Armeekorps (mot.).

November 20, 2014

Guderian Crosses the Brda River

German panzers Crossing the Brda River


An action early in WWII by the famous panzer general. You can read the story here.

October 26, 2014

T-17E1 Staghound

The Staghound was a US made armored car. It was armed with a 37mm gun and two machine guns. It was used by the British army under the Lend-Lease Agreement. 

1. British troops liberating Brussels on 4 September 1944. 

Geel, September 1944

A C-47 aircraft, hit by A/A fire while returning from Market-Garden drops, crashes into a knocked out Jagdpanther near Geel
A C-47 aircraft, hit by A/A fire while returning from Market-Garden drops, crashes into 
a knocked out Jagdpanther near Geel, Belgium. The date is September 17, 1944.

October 24, 2014

Bishop

The Bishop was a self-propelled gun, based on the chassis of the Valentine tank, which mounted a 25-pdr howitzer. It saw action in North Africa and Italy. It was nicknamed “Bishop” because of the shape of the superstructure.

North Africa


 Bishop SP gun
1. A Bishop at Port Tewfik in Egypt on July 10, 1942.


October 21, 2014

Sherman Tulips

A Sherman tank armed with two 60-pound rockets

A Sherman tank of the 1st Goldstream Guards, armed with two 60-pound rockets, crossing a pontoon bridge over the Dortmund-Ems Canal, 6 April 1945. In 1945 some British Shermans were fitted with two RP-3 aircraft rockets. Those tanks were called “Sherman Tulips”. Firing the rockets from the tank’s turret was highly inaccurate, but crews liked them for the heavy damage they could cause.

October 20, 2014

Black Prince

Black Prince

The Black Prince (A43) was a variant of the Churchill tank, armed with a 17-pdr main gun. The larger gun needed a larger turret and subsequently a larger hull to accommodate it. The Black Prince was ten tons heavier than the Churchill and its maximum speed was only 10.5 mph. Six prototypes were built but it never gone into production.

Archers in Germany, 1945

The Archer was a British self-propelled antitank gun. It was based on the Valentine’s chassis and it mounted the powerful 17-prd gun. The 17-pdr APDS shot could penetrate 145mm of homogenous steel at 2,000 yards. Archer’s production began in early 1944 and it saw action in Northwest Europe and Italy. Archer’s unique feature was that the gun was mounted facing back, over the engine. That had the advantage that the vehicle could drive away fast, if it was forced to abandon its firing position. On the other hand the driver’s seat was behind the gun breech and he had to exit the vehicle before the gun was used.


An Archer near Nütterden
1. An Archer near Nütterden on February 9, 1945.

October 18, 2014

Panzerwerfer 42 auf Maultier

Panzerwerfer 42 auf Maultier
The Panzerwerfer 42 auf Maultier was a self-propelled multiple rocket launcher,
based on the Opel Maultier (“Mule”) half-track. 

It carried ten 15cm missile tubes and twenty rockets.

October 14, 2014

Tigers at Kursk

Tiger I
1. Tiger S24 of 8. Schwere Panzer-Kompanie of 2. SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Das Reich”.

October 13, 2014

T-28 and T28: One name – two tanks!

The Soviet T-28

T-28
Production of the T-28. The T-28 was a multi-turreted tank of the early thirties.
It was armed with a 76,2 mm cannon and 4-5 machine guns. 

October 12, 2014

Monuments at Prokhorovka

Modern day Prokhorovka is a quiet town of some 10,000 inhabitants. In July 1943 it was the scene of a fierce tank battle, mainly between the II SS Panzerkorps and the 5th Guards Tank Army.

The battle of Kursk – southern sector
The battle of Kursk – southern sector. Prokhorovka marked the limit of the German advance.

WWII Footage on Panzer IV


October 11, 2014

October 9, 2014

Athens, Acropolis, 1941

Then…

A half-track next to the Temple of Olympian Zeus
A 37mm A/A gun mounted on an Sdkfz 7/2
half-track next to the Temple of Olympian Zeus.

October 8, 2014

Piazza del Duomo, Milan, 1944

Then…

A PzKpfw IV at Piazza del Duomo
A PzKpfw IV of the 1st SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division
“Leibstandarte” at Piazza del Duomo in Milan on September 8, 1944.

October 6, 2014

Sherman Bulldozer

Sherman Bulldozer
In Normandy on 4 July 1944.

Panzer III in North Africa

Panzer III
A Panzer III exploding near El Alamein on 5 October 1942.

Between 8 and 10 March 1941 the first 61 Panzer IIIs arrived in North Africa. They belonged to Panzer-Regiment 5 and were armed with the 5 cm canon. Most of them were of Ausf. G type and a few of them were of Ausf. F and H types. Panzer-Regiment 8 arrived in North Africa between April 25 and May 6. At full strength Panzer-Regiments 5 and 8 had 71 Panzer IIIs each.

October 5, 2014

The Scammell Pioneer Tank Transporter

The Scammell Pioneer Tank Transporter
A Sherman on a Scammell tank transporter in North Africa after 
the Battle of El Alamein in pursuit of Rommel’s army on November 11, 1942.

October 4, 2014

Deurne, 26 September 1944

The British 11th Armoured Division on 26 September 1944 passed through Deurne, Holland, while advancing towards Gemert.

Sherman Firefly
1. A Sherman Firefly in the front.

October 3, 2014

October 2, 2014

DD Sherman

DD Sherman
A Sherman DD tank, with its flotation screen removed, passing through Douet on 25 June 1944. 
DD stands for Duplex Drive or Donald Duck!

October 1, 2014

September 30, 2014

Gangelt, January, 1945

Sherman Firefly in a hull-down position
A Sherman Firefly in a hull-down position. The tank was photographed near Gangelt 
on January 1, 1945. Gangelt is a German municipality, located on the Dutch/German border. 

September 29, 2014

Operation Weserübung

On April 9, 1940 while part of the Wehrmacht was occupying Denmark, another, larger part, was invading Norway. 


Operation Weserübung

Group 1 was composed of the battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau with ten destroyers, carried 2,000 troops and its objective was Narvik.
Group 2 was composed of the cruiser Hipper with four destroyers, carried 1,700 troops and its objective was Trondheim.
Group 3 was composed of the cruisers Koeln and Koenigsberg, the service ships Bremse and Karl Peters, three torpedo boats, five motor torpedo boats, carried 1,900 troops and its objective was Bergen.
Group 4 was composed of the cruiser Karlsruhe, the special service ship Tsingtau, three torpedo boats, seven motor torpedo boats, carried 1,100 troops and its objectives were Kristiansand and Arendal.
Group 5 was composed of the cruisers Bluecher, Luetzow and Emden, three torpedo boats, two armed whaling boats, eight minesweepers, carried 2,000 troops and its objective was Oslo.
Group 6 was composed of four minesweepers, carried 150 troops and its objective was Egersund.

September 28, 2014

Battle of Athens

Paratroopers supported by a Sherman tank
The bitter civil war in Greece had just started. Paratroopers of the 5th (Scots) Parachute
Battalion supported by a Sherman tank during operations in Athens on 18 December 1944.

September 25, 2014

Vittoriano, Rome, 1944

Then… 

A Tiger I of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 508 in front of the Vittoriano
1. A Tiger I of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 508 in front of the Vittoriano in Rome in February 1944.

September 23, 2014

Porta del Popolo, Rome, 1944

Then…

Tiger I of the s. Pz-Abt. 508  under the Porta del Popolo
1. A Tiger tank of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 508 
under the Porta del Popolo in Rome in 1944.

September 22, 2014

Palace Square, Leningrad, 1942

Then… 

KV-1
1. KV-1 tanks going to the front from the Palace Square 
in the besieged Leningrad in May 1942.

September 21, 2014

Panzerbüchse 39

Panzerbüchse 39

Panzerbüchse 39 was a German anti-tank rifle. It could penetrate 25mm of armor at 330 yards and weighted 25.57 lbs. The rifle was in use from the beginning of WW II until 1944.

September 20, 2014

Panzerwurfmine

The Panzerwurfmine was an antitank hand grenade, introduced in May 1943. It was capable of penetrating 3 inches of homogeneous armor plate, and was thrown as an ordinary stick grenade.

The Panzerwurfmine, weighted about 3 pounds, consisted of a cone-shaped body with a hemispherical end, and with the stick handle attached to the other, or point, end of the cone. The novel feature of that weapon was a set of four collapsible cloth vanes which were folded against the handle. When the grenade was thrown, the vanes sprang open and presumably guided the projectile head-on to the target.

Panzerwurfmine


September 19, 2014

The Avenue of Chateau de Canteloup

King Tigers taking shelter under the trees
King Tigers of the 1st Company, 503 schwere-Panzer-Abteilung, taking shelter under 
the trees of the avenue of Château de Canteloup, Normandy, 
a few days before Operation Goodwood. July 1944.

September 18, 2014

Eeklo, June, 1944

Then… 

A Panther tank in Eeklo
A Panther tank of the 1st SS-Panzer-Division
“Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler” in Eeklo, Belgium, June 1944.

September 17, 2014

September 16, 2014

Link-up!

Men of the British 6th Airborne Division greet the crew of a T-34/85 tank near Wismar

Men of the British 6th Airborne Division greet the crew of a T-34/85 tank near Wismar on the Baltic coast on May 3, 1945.

September 14, 2014

Anti-Tank Training

A German mock-up of a T-34 tank used for training
A German mock-up of a T-34 tank, used for anti-tank training by the Panzer-
Grenadier-Division "Grossdeutschland", placed upon the chassis of a Polish 
TKS tankette. November 5, 1943.

September 13, 2014

The Sangro Front

General Montgomery stops to offer cigarettes to a Sherman crew


General Montgomery, commander of the Eighth Army, stops to offer cigarettes to a Sherman crew, digging out their bogged tank. The date is 21 November 1943 and Montgomery is visiting the Sangro front. The Sangro is a river in central Italy, south of Rome. In late 1943 the eastern part of the German Gustav Line was anchored on the Sangro. The Eighth Army crossed the Sangro on 23 November 1943.