January 25, 2016

Das Reich Tiger

Tiger I of schwere SS Panzer-Kompanie “Das Reich”
A Tiger tank of the schwere SS-Panzer-Kompanie “Das Reich”. The tank wears a
variation of the unit's marking. The photograph was taken in April 1943 close to Kharkiv.

January 17, 2016

SU-76i

The SU-76i was a Soviet assault gun which was built using captured Panzer IIIs or StuG IIIs and stock 76mm guns. The letter “I” stands for inostrannaya – foreign.  

 1. SU-76i.

January 12, 2016

Inspection!

In March 1944 12. SS-Panzer-Division conducted a training exercise which was observed by Generalfeldmarschall Gerd von Rundstedt, C-in-C West.

In March 1944 12. SS-Panzer-Division conducted a training exercise which was observed by Generalfeldmarschall Gerd von Rundstedt
1. Panzer IVs Ausf. H of 5th Company/SS-Panzer-Regiment 12 lined up for inspection.

January 7, 2016

Sturm-Infanteriegeschütz 33B

Earlier in the war the German Army developed the 15 cm sIG 33 (Sf) auf PzKpfw I Ausf B by mounting the sIG 33 heavy howitzer on a Panzer I chassis. It was intended to provide close support to the motorized infantry companies. Later on the same gun was placed on a StuG III chassis and an armored superstructure was built for the protection of the crew. The new self-propelled gun was designated sIG 33B. Some 24 vehicles were produced and half of them took part in the battle for Stalingrad. The 150 mm cannon could demolish most houses and small buildings with 2 or 3 rounds. After Stalingrad the remaining vehicles were assigned to the Panzer-Regiment of the 23rd Panzer-Division.

1. sIG 33B.