Category: German Tanks

Tanks are one of the most formidable forces on the battlefield. They are designed to be resistant against small arms fire, powerful anti-tank weapons and other tanks. Without specialist equipment, they are virtually unstoppable. One thing tanks are not immune to however, is mother nature. A tank may be able to shrug a hit off […]

Jesse Beckett

The infamous Tiger I was probably the most feared tank of World War II. It didn’t have the thickest armor or the most powerful gun used by German tanks, but upon its introduction in 1942, no tank fielded by any nation could compare to it. It brought unprecedented protection and firepower that had never been […]

Imagine yourself as a modern soldier in Iraq, armed with the latest weapons, night vision, thermal optics, backed by jets, helicopters and main battle tanks, when you come up against an enemy operating the same weapons your grandfathers faced in the Second World War. This is a real life situation witnessed by soldiers who served […]

Jesse Beckett

The beginning of World War Two saw Nazi Germany rapidly attack and conquer many nations and assuming control of the country. German forces became proficient at capturing and absorbing enemy equipment to bolster their own ranks in future combat. They would reuse trucks, field guns, cars, anti-tank guns, small arms and even tanks. This tactic […]

Jesse Beckett

The modern flamethrower saw action during WWI, where it proved to be a deadly and terrifying weapon to face, but its capabilities were soon found to be limited. The man-portable flamethrower was heavy, unwieldy, had short usage time, and when the operator began firing, they immediately became a priority target on the battlefield. The flamethrower […]

Jesse Beckett

The inspiration for the Hetzer started early in the Second World War, when Germany began mounting large, powerful guns on modified light tanks that were otherwise obsolete, to bring more firepower to the battlefield without needing new large and complex vehicles. This idea produced vehicles like the Marder series, and the more prolific StuG III, […]

Jesse Beckett

The World War Two menace, the Jagdtiger, earned two reputations during its short career from September 1944 to May 1945; one of a fearsome tank killing beast, capable of punching through any Allied tank at extreme ranges while immune to virtually everything on the battlefield, and one of a overweight, underpowered, cumbersome mobile bunker that […]

Jesse Beckett

The German Panzerkampfwagen IV medium tank, abbreviated to PzKpfw IV, Pz. IV, or T-IV and mostly referred to as Panzer IV, was a true workhorse of the Second World War. It was the most built German tank of the war, greatly outnumbering the more famous and heavy Tigers and Panthers. Production of the Panzer IV […]

Jesse Beckett

On the 18th January 1945, German forces were retreating westward with the 1st Belorussian Front hot on their heals. Part of this retreat was two tank destroyers, StuG IVs to be precise, trundling in the direction of Kolo. One of the pair broke down, and was sabotaged by its crew before fleeing. The remaining Stug […]

A German Tiger I tank roamed the hill beside St. Fergus Church in Wick, Caithness, UK. The World War II-era tank was actually a remote controlled model created by Andrew Richard. Richard is a regular participant in the annual Caithness Model Show at the Norseman Hotel. He let his son, Alex, take the 1/6th scale […]

Lyle Bouck joined the Missouri National Guard when he was just 14. He had grown up during the Great Depression and joining the National Guard offered pay which his family needed. He eventually began to work in the supply supply room. When the supply sergeant was promoted to the wire communications section, Bouck was the […]

Jesse Beckett

The German Panzerkampfwagen V Panther was born out of the shock experienced by German forces after encountering the Soviet T-34 medium tank and KV-1 heavy tank. Assuming, rather arrogantly, that Soviet tank design hadn’t progressed further than 1930s technology, just days into Operation Barbarossa (German invasion of the Soviet Union), they realised their mistake. The […]