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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 4 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 war. All these articles have paved the way for me to write about what…

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 to Tiger II. In technical contexts, the same tank was usually referred to by yet…

Minenräumgerät “Dreschflegel”

Minenräumgerät “Dreschflegel”

Nov 13, 2021

In the course of the Second World War, mines proved to be one of the most effective weapons to thwart an enemy tank offensive from the outset. It was often the case that thousands of mines were laid as part of defensive lines, to consolidate key points and slow down the enemy. Clearing mines by hand was a dangerous and…

Tiger II V2 Extra: Off the Beaten Track

Tiger II V2 Extra: Off the Beaten Track

Jul 14, 2021
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Tiger II V2

The size of my original article on Tiger II V2 got a little out of hand. To keep the length down, the section with a comprehensive background on Tiger II tracks is published here as a separate article for the tech-savvy readers. Being a test vehicle, it is not surprising that Tiger II V2 covered many test kilometres. The observations…

Haustenbeck’s Heritage: Jagdtiger 305 004’s Journey

Haustenbeck’s Heritage: Jagdtiger 305 004’s Journey

Apr 12, 2021
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Haustenbeck’s Heritage

A rare beast on any account, this particular Jagdtiger is unique in being the only surviving specimen featuring Porsche’s alternative suspension design. How did this vehicle make its way from a small town in Austria to Henschel’s proving ground in Senne to finally arrive at its final destination: the Bovington Tank Museum in the UK? In this part of the…

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…

Haustenbeck’s Heritage: Taking Inventory

Haustenbeck’s Heritage: Taking Inventory

Jan 14, 2021
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Haustenbeck’s Heritage

In this second part of the “Haustenbeck’s Heritage” series, we will take a look at which vehicles were still present on the site after the war. All vehicles are described one by one in the sections below. Some of these vehicles were eventually taken back to England for further inspection. I will write more about their journey in the last…

Haustenbeck’s Heritage: Rise and Fall

Haustenbeck’s Heritage: Rise and Fall

Sep 4, 2020
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Haustenbeck’s Heritage

The name “Haustenbeck” will ring a bell with many a tank fanatic. Not only were the heavy Tiger tanks tested here by Henschel, but this was also the place where the super-heavy E-100 and Grille 17 prototypes were found. Henschel’s test site near Haustenbeck was one of a kind and deemed invaluable by the Allies after its capture. Therefore activities…

Saumur’s “Bretagne” Panther: facts & fiction

Saumur’s “Bretagne” Panther: facts & fiction

Oct 30, 2019

At this year’s Tank fest, Wargaming presented the newly restored Bretagne Panther. Starting in 2017, this Panther was restored at Musée des Blindés courtesy of the publisher of World of Tanks. The reveal of the Panther tank was accompanied by a campaign “Make the Panther roar again” and the introduction of a premium in-game version of Bretagne. To promote the…

Short survey of air filters

Short survey of air filters

Jul 17, 2019

It is a familiar sight for German armour enthusiasts: one or two white boxes dotted around a Panther (or Tiger II) wreck. Usually these boxes seem to have been thrown down carelessly and are not in the best of shape. I began to wonder what the function of these boxes was and why they were thrown down there just like…

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