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.

September 12, 2014

Collision

A British Sherman rams a King Tiger

A British Sherman rams a King Tiger on 18 July 1944, during Operation Goodwood. The Sherman was commanded by Lieutenant John Gorman of the 21st Irish Guards Armored Regiment, while the German tank was commanded by Feldwebel Gerber of the 1st Company, 503 schwere Panzer-Abteilung. Each side gave its own version of what happened.

September 11, 2014

Churchill ARK

The Churchill ARK was a Churchill tank from which the turret had been removed and two timber trackways were placed. 

Churchill ARK
1. The ARK (Armoured Ramp Carrier) was a turretless Churchill with ramps at either side.

September 10, 2014

The Battle of Villers-Bocage

This post presents photographs of tanks and other vehicles that were knocked out during the battle of Villers-Bocage. The photos are grouped together in relation with the time and place each vehicle was knocked out. An overview of the battle can be found here.

Before the Battle


A Tiger crew of the 2nd Company, schwere-SS-Panzer-Abteilung 101,
performing some maintenance, after they had camouflaged their tank. 

September 8, 2014

15 cm sIG 33 (Sf) auf PzKpfw I Ausf B

A sIG 33 self-propelled gun in Greece
sIG 33 self-propelled gun, of the 5th Panzer-Division,
negotiating mountainous terrain in Greece in April 1941.

The sIG 33 was based on Panzer I chassis mounted with the sIG 33 150 mm heavy howitzer. It was used to provide close support to the motorized infantry companies. 

September 7, 2014

Sir Oliver Leese

Lieutenant-General Oliver Leese ride on a captured Panther tank
1. Lieutenant General Oliver Leese and other officers ride on a captured Panther, 
during a display of enemy equipment on June 2, 1944 in Italy.

British XXX Corps Crosses the Seine River at Vernon

After the successful conclusion of the battle for Normandy the Allied armies reached the Seine River. General Horrock’s XXX Corps crossed it at Vernon, a popular Parisian summer resort.

Soldiers lie on the banks of the Seine
1. Infantry soldiers lie on the bank of the Seine giving their comrades 
covering fire during the crossing on August 24, 1944.

September 5, 2014

Reporting from the Front!

Pierre Lefevre broadcasting
Pierre Lefevre, a Free French war correspondent, making a broadcast
as a Sherman Firefly advances to the Normandy front on August 5, 1944.

September 4, 2014

M-26 Pershing Meets Tiger I

M-26 Pershing knocked out in combat

The above photograph shows the first M-26 Pershing to be knocked out in combat. The incident occurred on February 25, 1945 at Elsdorf, Germany. The M-26 was hit three times by a Tiger I concealed behind the corner of a building only 100 yards away. The gunner and the loader of the tank were killed instantly. The Tiger I reversed hastily to avoid retaliatory fire, but became stuck into a rubble pile and was abandoned.

September 3, 2014

Houffalize

An overturned Panther
An overturned Panther tank lies in a shallow stream in Houffalize, Belgium. 
Houffalize is a Walloon municipality close to Luxemburg. 

September 2, 2014

SS Tiger 331

SS Tiger 331
The specific Tiger belonged to the commander of the 3rd Platoon – 3rd Company – 
schwere SS-Panzerabteilung 101. The tank commander was SS-Junker Erwin Asbach.

September 1, 2014

Operation Weserübung Süd

Germany Invades Denmark


In order to ensure the flaw of raw materials from the Scandinavian peninsula Hitler decided to invade Denmark and Norway. In the early hours of 9 April 1940 German troops crossed the land borders with Denmark, while simultaneously airdrops and seaborne attacks took place. The Danish government capitulated the same day.