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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…

[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…

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…

[Book] Panther – External appearance & design changes

[Book] Panther – External appearance & design changes

Jan 20, 2020

In Panther, Martin Block and the late Roddy MacDougall combine a multitude of sources to present a single volume containing all contemporary knowledge about the Panther, its external appearance and design changes. It is not out of place in the list of standard works on the Panther like the Panzertracts 5-x series and Germany’s Panther Tanks by Tom Jentz and…

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)…

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…

[Video] Militracks 2019 – Panther in action

[Video] Militracks 2019 – Panther in action

May 19, 2019

As promised, here is a video of the Panther at Militracks. It shows the Panther starting its engine and driving around a bit on the museum premises. The Panther from Saumur runs noticeably smoother than the Königstiger from the same museum which was present at Militracks last year. In contrast to the Tiger II last year the Panther does not…

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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