November 29, 2015

1./schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 654 Receives its Jagdpanthers

Schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 654 received its first Jagdpanthers on May 4, 1944. However the 1st Company of the Battalion was equipped with the new tank destroyer much later. 1./schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 654 received its first eight Jagdpanthers on August 4 at the Mailly-le-Camp Training Area (north-eastern France). By the time the two other companies of the Battalion were committed to the front.

1. Jagdpanther.

November 28, 2015

November 26, 2015

Field Overhaul!

Tiger A2, of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 508, overhauled in the field
Tiger A2, of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 508, overhauled in the field.
The action takes place near Nettuno, south of Rome, in March 1944.

November 25, 2015

Uedem, 1945

Uedem is a German municipality in the district of Cleves, in North Rhine-Westphalia, near Netherlands. Uedem was heavily bombed during the Allied preparations for the crossing of the Rhine; 85% of the town was destroyed.

A Cromwell tank of 11th Armoured Division advances through the rubble of Uedem
1. A Cromwell tank of 15th/19th king’s Royal Hussars, 11th Armoured Division,
with infantry onboard, advances through the rubble of uedem on February 28, 1945.

November 24, 2015

Ready to March!

Tigers of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 501 with infantrymen from 256. Infanterie-Division ready to join Operation “Hubertus”. After 24 hours of fighting the Soviet forces that had penetrated were encircled and destroyed. The action took place on 12-13 March 1944 in Belarus. 



November 22, 2015

Dog and Pony Show!

Tiger of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 503 inspected by Turkish officials
"Dog and pony show" has come to mean a highly promoted, often over-staged performance, presentation, or event designed to sway or convince opinion for political, or less often, commercial ends. (Wikipedia)

In the area of Belgorod on June 27, 1943 a few days before Operation “Zitadelle” Army Group South organized a “dog and pony” show for Turkish officials, in order to impress them. At the time Turkey was neutral and was approached by both the Axis and the Allies.

Tigers of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 503 along with a Kampfgruppe from the 7th Panzer-Division and Luftwaffe’s Stukas presented an impressive spectacle, executing a live fire exercise. The Tigers spearheaded the Kampfgruppe’s advance and were praised by the visitors.

November 20, 2015

The UHU Motif

Kradschützen-Batailon “Großdeutschland” was commanded by Horst von Usedom from April 1, 1942 until early October 1942. The Battalion became known as Usedom’s Hussars and adopted the owl motif; uhu being the German word for eagle owl.



November 18, 2015

Fighting for Saint-Lô

M-10 Wolverine, from 803rd Tank Destroyer Battalion, firing in Saint-Lô
A well known photo of an M-10 Wolverine, from
B Company/803
rd Tank Destroyer Battalion, firing in Saint-Lô on 17 or 18 July 1944.

November 17, 2015

M16 MGMC

The M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage was a self-propelled antiaircraft gun, with four machine guns (.50’’ M2 HB Browning) being mounted on a Maxson turret (M45 Quadmount). 

1. An M16 MGMC during the fight for Saint-Lô.

November 16, 2015

November 13, 2015

German vs American Tanks: An American Perspective

M4 Sherman

The following thoughts on German and American tanks were written by Lieutenant Colonel Albin F. Irzyk, Commanding Officer of 8th Tank Battalion, and appeared in Military Review in January 1946.  A German perspective on the same matter can be found here