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Rüstungstagung in Hillersleben

Rüstungstagung in Hillersleben

Feb 12, 2021

In this article I’d like to discuss a relatively unknown armaments conference, held at the Hillersleben artillery range on June 6 and 7, 1943. This Rüstungstagung was presided by Reichsminister Albert Speer and attended by leaders from the armaments industry, high-ranking Nazi officials as well as senior officers. Unlike during the regular Vorführungen neuer Waffen, Hitler was not present. The…

Airborne commemoration Ginkel Heath

Airborne commemoration Ginkel Heath

Sep 28, 2019

During operation Market Garden, the Ginkelse Heide or Ginkel Heath near Ede was designated DZ (drop zone) Y. On 18 September 1944 about 2000 paratroopers of the 4th Parachute Brigade (1st British Airborne Division) landed on the heath. The Ginkel Heath is now the place where the yearly airborne commemorations are held. Part of the commemoration was the wreath-laying by…

Summer Offensive Soesterberg: Tank Show

Summer Offensive Soesterberg: Tank Show

Aug 27, 2019

During an hour long show in the tank arena some ten vehicles were showcased. The show was split in two parts of which the first was a theatrical act “The battle of Soesterberg” in which one group of AFVs belonged to the villain, ex-general Roodhart (team red) which had to take it up against the good guys of general Blauwenaar…

Summer Offensive Soesterberg: Cold War Fighter Jets

Summer Offensive Soesterberg: Cold War Fighter Jets

Aug 27, 2019

Last weekend, 24 & 25 August, the Nationaal Militair Museum (NMM) in Soesterberg held its annual summer event dubbed ‘Zomeroffensief’. Last year’s summer event focused heavily on aircraft. This year, too, many aircraft could be admired along the runway in a static-show format. Among the jet fighters were a McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II as well as Lockheed TF-104 Starfighter,…

Militracks 2019

Militracks 2019

May 18, 2019

On 18 May, Militracks celebrated its 10th anniversary. Starting out initially as a small event for enthusiasts of German hardware, Militracks has grown out to be the biggest event for Sonderkraftfahrzeuge and one of the largest events showcasing running military material in Europe. With last year’s showing of Saumur’s Königstiger many would have thought this could not be equalled this…

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