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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 Jagdtiger, which are now in the Tank Museum’s collection. Others,…

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

[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 II V2 served as one of the highlights of the “Him or Me” exhibition (13…

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 5 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 5 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…

King of the Bulge II – Engine Deck and Turret

King of the Bulge II – Engine Deck and Turret

Oct 9, 2020
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series King of the Bulge

In this part in the ‘King of the Bulge’ series, we will take a closer look at the engine deck as well as the turret. There certainly are a few interesting details to find here for the more observant viewer. Read more about the history of this Tiger in the previous article. Read More »King of the Bulge II –…

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