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