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Luftfaust B Blueprint

Luftfaust B Blueprint

Nov 7, 2022

Chefsache! When browsing the archives, you will certainly stumble upon one or more documents prominently featuring this stamp. Besides the ever present “Nur für Dienstgebrauch” (n.f.D.) or “Geheime Kommandosache” (gKdos.), Chefsache was one of the military confidentiality levels used within the Wehrmacht. Material marked with “Chefsache” was of the highest…

Tiger II Fgst.Nr. 280 009 or 280 012 Revisited

Tiger II Fgst.Nr. 280 009 or 280 012 Revisited

Sep 16, 2022
This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Haustenbeck’s Heritage

When Henschel’s tank proving ground at Haustenbeck became part of the British zone, a number of interesting armoured fighting vehicles fell right into their lap, some of which were transported back to the UK for detailed study. Prime examples are the second built Tiger II ‘V2’ and a Porsche suspension…

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Haustenbeck’s Heritage: Journey of Tiger II V2

Haustenbeck’s Heritage: Journey of Tiger II V2

Apr 4, 2022
This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Haustenbeck’s Heritage

For the past two years, I have been working on a series of articles on Henschel’s test site at Haustenbeck. So far, I have covered the origin and use of the site, as well as most of the vehicles that were present during and after…

The Loss of a TOS

The Loss of a TOS

Mar 1, 2022

After the start of the unjust invasion of Ukraine last Thursday, we have already seen large numbers of Russian armoured vehicles pouring into the country. Alarm was raised again last Saturday when a CNN crew captured the transport of a TOS-1A flamethrower south of Belgorod…

[Video] Tiger II V2 Extra: On the Move

[Video] Tiger II V2 Extra: On the Move

Jan 31, 2022
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Tiger II V2

On January 14, 2020, Tiger II V2 was placed in the Nationaal Militar Museum, the Netherlands. The plan was for it to stay till September 2021. Due to the COVID-19 situation, plans changed, however, and the loan was extended several times, until January 2022. Tiger…

[Book] Sturmtiger: The Combat History of Sturmmörser Kompanies 1000-1002 by Archer and Haasler

[Book] Sturmtiger: The Combat History of Sturmmörser Kompanies 1000-1002 by Archer and Haasler

Jan 29, 2022

The Sturmtiger, although only produced and employed in small numbers, easily rivals the Tiger’s fame. This vehicle was used in three specially created units, Sturmmörser-Kompanien 1000, 1001 and 1002. In their new book “Sturmtiger: The Combat History of Sturmmörser Kompanies 1000-1002” Lee Archer and Timm…

What’s in a name? From Tiger II to Königstiger

What’s in a name? From Tiger II to Königstiger

Nov 26, 2021

As is customary with German tanks, the successor to the Tiger I received many names. Initially, the new tank was named VK 45.03 (H), or Tiger III. Because the VK 45.02 (H), the original Tiger II, was cancelled, the Tiger III was later renamed back…

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