July 23, 2015

Churchill Crocodile

The flame-throwing Churchill Mk IV tank had a flame nozzle replacing its hull-mounted BESA machine gun which was repositioned in the turret. Fuel for the flame was carried in an armored trailer behind, consumption being four gallons per second. The trailer carried 400 gallons of thickened gasoline, it also carried bottles of pressurized nitrogen, which forced the fuel to the gun and ejected it. An explosive link allowed the trailer to be jettisoned from inside the tank if needed.

Each burst of fire lasted around a second. Tongues of flame could be projected up to 120 yards.

The Crocodile was used for clearing infantry positions such us isolated buildings, concrete emplacements, hedges, ditches and slit trenches.

July 20, 2015

Crusader Anti-Aircraft Tank

Crusader III A/A Mk I

The Mk I variant was armed with a 40mm Bofors A/A gun.

The Mk I variant was armed with a 40mm Bofors A/A gun
At the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Dorset. March 25, 1942.

July 18, 2015

German Combat Methods in the Libyan Desert

German artillery in North Africa

A U.S. Army information bulletin presents the German combat methods which had been experienced by the British in Libya. At the time, summer 1942, U.S. Army was preparing to enter the Mediterranean theater.

July 10, 2015

Cooperation of German Infantry and Tanks

Tanks and mechanized infantry

On U.S. Army's “Tactical and Technical Trends No. 31” we read about a German method of tank-infantry cooperation

July 7, 2015

German Comments on Allied Tanks


A critical study of French, British, Russian and American tanks was published on 27 June 1943 in the German weekly newspaper “Das Reich”. A translation of the “Das Reich” article follows: 

July 6, 2015

Soviet Artillery Counter-Preparation in the Battle of Kursk

203mm Howitzer B-4

A translated Russian article explains the importance of artillery counter-preparation in repulsing the German offensive at Kursk.

July 5, 2015

XXXXVIII Panzerkorps Destroys the Soviet 60th Army

The spoiling attack is a surprise thrust into the enemy attack preparations. A perfect example of such an operation took place in December 1943 near Kiev.

The Soviet offensive from July 17 to December 1, 1943
The Soviet offensive from July 17 to December 1, 1943.

July 2, 2015

Churchill Kangaroo

Churchill Kangaroo
A Churchill tank modified as an armored personnel carrier.

Eastern Limit!

In the summer of 1942 Army Group A reached the Terek river in the Caucasus. On August 30 elements of the 3rd Panzer-Division (I./394.Panzergrenadier-Regiment) established a bridgehead across the river, at Ishcherskaya. That became the easternmost German position in WWII.