June 30, 2015

How Should Tanks Attack a Bridge?

German tanks cross a bridge

An interesting question indeed. Issue No. 36 of “Tactical and Technical Trends” provides a translated German article on the subject. Two examples from the Eastern Front are discussed. 

June 29, 2015

How to Extricate a Casualty from a Tank!

Extricating a casualty from the turret  of a Matilda tank
Demonstration of a method to extricate a casualty from the turret
of a Matilda tank using slings and a hoist. August 7, 1941.

June 28, 2015

The Arras Counterattack

British infantry

Having presented Rommel’s advance from Belgium to Lille here it’s time to take a better look at the Arras counterattack. Rommel’s 7.Panzer-Division crossed the Franco-Belgian border on May 15, and on May 20 Rommel’s tanks were three miles south of Arras. According to the plan the 7th Panzer-Division was to move around the flank of Arras from the west and the 5th Panzer-Division from the east. Then both panzer-divisions would turn north. Further to the south Panzergrouppe Kleist had crossed the Meuse river on May 13, and on May 19 it had reached the Cambrai – Péronne line.

June 26, 2015

Hotel “Moderne”, Arras


General Viscount Gort  with Air Vice Marshal  Charles Blount
General Viscount Gort, Commander in Chief British Expeditionary Force (BEF) with Air Vice Marshal 
Charles Blount, commanding the Air Component, outside the Hotel “Moderne”, Arras, France.

June 19, 2015

Tank vs Tank

Matilda II

In a previous post we had examined how Tiger I faired against some of its principle opponents. Let’s examine some other tank vs tank cases here.

June 17, 2015

Panzergruppe Kleist and the Fall of France (part 2)

German Recon vehicle

“In three days to the Meuse, on the fourth day across the Meuse!”
Heinz  Guderian

June 13, 2015

Hotel “Panorama”, May, 1940


General Guderian in Bouillon
General Guderian in Buillon on May 12, 1940. He is inspecting 
his engineers rebuilding the bridge over the Semois river. 
Hotel “Panorama” is behind and above him, not seen in the photo. 
Guderian established his Command Post there.

June 8, 2015

Hephaisteion, June 7, 1943

Panzer IVs driving in front of Hephaisteion
Panzer IVs driving in front of the Hephaisteion,
the Temple of God Hephaestus. In the background (left) the Parthenon is visible.

June 5, 2015

Schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 101 "O" Group

Schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 101 "O" Group

The picture was taken during training with live ammo. Facing the camera are: SS-Sturmbannführer Heinz von Westerhagen (Battalion Commander) and SS-Obersturmführer Hanno Raasch (3rd Company Commander) holding a map. The collection of dress worn by the Battalion officers is noticeable.

June 2, 2015

Vulnerability of Tiger Tanks

Tiger I

An article published in the Soviet Artillery Journal, in 1943, gave detailed instructions for the use of antitank weapons against the Tiger. A translation of the Soviet article was included in the “Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 51” publication of the U.S. Military Intelligence Service.

June 1, 2015

Flers, August, 1944

11th Armoured Division

Flers (Flériens) is a commune in the Orne department in north-western France. The town was heavily bombed by the Allies on 6 and 7 June, 1944. Flers was liberated by the 11th Armoured Division, on August 16, during the reduction of the Falaise pocket.