Panther KT and JT before Kranhalle scaled

Haustenbeck’s Heritage: Taking Inventory

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Haustenbeck's Heritage

In this part of the “Haustenbeck’s Heritage” series we will take a look at the vehicles that were present after the war on Henschel’s proving ground at Haustenbeck. For an introduction to this facility, also known as Panzerversuchsstation 96, read my previous article that appeared in this series.

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BU 8016 Four German heavy tanks at the Henschel tank testing ground at Haustenbeck near Paderborn Germany June 1945.

Haustenbeck’s Heritage: Rise and Fall

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 on the site continued after the war under Allied supervision. Many of the vehicles were sent to the UK for further evaluation. But what actually happened in Haustenbeck, why exactly did Henschel settle here? And how did the E-100 and Grille 17 end up in Haustenbeck at all?

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King of the bulge

One of only a handful left, this King Tiger is perhaps the best known of the lot. Located in the picturesque town of La Gleize in the Ardennes, Belgium, this is the only Tiger II visible from the public road. Because of the incredible amount of photos I have taken, I decided to split this walk-around into multiple parts. In this first post I will dive into the events that would eventually lead to the loss of this Tiger. In upcoming parts, the Tiger and all of its components will be featured in more detail.

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A versatile duct – Feifel system

The name Feifel will ring a bell for many a Tiger tank fan. Feifel is the name of the air filtration system used on early Tigers, and is named after the engineer, professor Feifel, who pioneered the principle of the cyclone pre-filter. This type of filter was intended for use in very dusty or polluted environments where oil filters alone were ineffective. The filters were initially used on the Tigers of the schwere Panzer-Abteilungen 501 and 504 in North Africa and later also with various units on the eastern front.

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