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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…

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…

[Resource] D 655/27 Die Pantherfibel

[Resource] D 655/27 Die Pantherfibel

Mar 29, 2021

Apart from the infamous Tigerfibel (D 656/27) for the Tiger, there was an equally richly illustrated for its younger cousin the Panther, called the Pantherfibel. These richly illustrated manuals taught the Panther-crews everything they should know about their respective tasks and their vehicle. Although parts of the Tigerfibel were in rhyme, especially the motto sections, the rhyme in the Pantherfibel…

The Panther: a British walk-around

The Panther: a British walk-around

Dec 4, 2019
This entry is part [part not set] of 2 in the series The Panther: a British view

As promised, here is the walk-around of Bovington’s Panther tank. According to the plaque welded to glacis, this was the 8th vehicle to be completed at the Laatzen factory under command of 823rd REME workshop. If you are interested in a comprehensive history of the post-war Panthers completed under supervision of the the British Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME)…

Everything Wrong With… The Tiger Collection

Everything Wrong With… The Tiger Collection

Dec 3, 2018

The Tiger Collection at The Tank museum in Bovington, opened April 2017, is the place to visit for all armour enthusiasts. It is a unique display of (almost) all variants in which the Tiger was produced. Not only the museum’s Tiger I is featured, but also two Tiger II tanks as well as the Jagdtiger and Ferdinand tank destroyers. The…

The Panther: a British view

The Panther: a British view

May 2, 2018
This entry is part [part not set] of 2 in the series The Panther: a British view

Among the great collection of AFVs at the Tank Museum in Bovington, United Kingdom there is a vehicle that is often described as one of the best tanks of the Second World War. This tank is better known as the Panzerkampfwagen ‘Panther’ . Germany produced over 6000…

Jagdtiger

Jagdtiger

Jul 17, 2017

On special request, I’ll be having a look at the Jagdtiger this time. I walked into this beast at the Tank museum in 2013. The Jagdtiger is based on the hull of the Tiger II and has  the most powerful gun of World War 2 in the form of the 12,8 cm PaK 44 which is actually the same gun…

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