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« Last post by nysä on 21-04-2024, 08:04:16 »

Streckenschutzzug "Berlin" at its final destination - the south of Seelow (Vorwerk Ludwigslust; modern-day Friedersdorf, Vierlinden) - after being destroyed by Soviet aircraft and artillery on 16-17 April 1945. Fairly intact looking Panther Ausf. A has been secured to the flatbed with steel cables.
Track protection train "Berlin" was built by Krupp-Drunckenmüller in Berlin-Tempelhof and it left the factory on 12 February 1945 to operate between Ludwigslust and Werbig.
The train had five flatcars with immobile Panthers, "tanks equipped with 88mm guns", and/or disabled Panzer IV Ausf. Hs. Reportedly, about 56 Soviet tanks were claimed by the train. Krupp-Drunckenmüller also prepared 22 damaged Pz IV and Panthers for the Panzer-Kompanie (bodenständig) "Berlin".

Source: "Marshal Zhukov at the Oder" by Tony Le Tissier, "PanzerZug!" by Glen Coomber and "Panzers in Berlin 1945".
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« Last post by nysä on 20-04-2024, 13:04:57 »

Panzer IV L/70(V) wreck in Ardennes, January 1945. This one was built in October 1944, complete with 'ambush camouflage'.
Trivia-bit: at the start of the Ardennes Offensive there were 210 Panzer IV/70(V) available with the units, reinforced by another 90 in early '45.
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« Last post by nysä on 18-04-2024, 17:04:01 »

Beutepanzer M2, originally captured from the 275th Armored Field Artillery Battalion at St. Vith.

FRIDAY , April 19th, 18hUTC , the map BUTGENBACH will be played in the Forgotten Hope 2 Campaign The Last Winter


"Early on the morning of December 21, SS Panzergrenadiers, now supported by Nebelwerfers and heavy German artillery, slammed against the 26th’s defenses in and around Dom Butgenbach. The battle raged all day long and into the night, with the SS penetrating American lines repeatedly, only to be pushed back by American infantry, tank destroyers and artillery.

At the end of the day, the veterans of the 26th Infantry still held their ground, and looked out on a battlefield strewn with destroyed German armor and scores of enemy dead. The dead SS Panzergrenadiers, many of them as young as 15 and 16 years old, were described by American patrols to be “as common as grass.” American graves registration counted some 782 German dead in front of the 26th’s positions alone. The burnt-out hulks of 47 German tanks lay scattered about the landscape, some of the vehicles burned for days after the fight was over.

The following day, the 12th SS attacked the 26th Infantry again, this time with much less strength but in the same ferocious manner. Several German tanks made their way into the town, only to be knocked out by roving bazooka teams or American artillery. Many American survivors of the attacks made against Dom Butgenbach owed their lives to the divisional artillery of the “Big Red One.” The artillerymen supporting the riflemen on the line fired an astounding 10,000 rounds against the German attacks on the December 22 alone. Such was the ferocity of the artillery fire, that while several German tanks broke the lines, not a single Panzergrenadier managed to make his way close to the American defensive foxholes."

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« Last post by nysä on 15-04-2024, 16:04:40 »
You sure about metal though?  :P

Mitteltragheim, April 1945.
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« Last post by Seth_Soldier on 14-04-2024, 09:04:54 »
instead of soldier with bayonet, they were soldier in moving metal boxes

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« Last post by nysä on 14-04-2024, 07:04:27 »

67th Guards Heavy Tank Brigade, 5th Shock Army on it's way to Berlin, March 1945.
Trivia-bit: the formation lost 343 personnel killed or wounded in Berlin. 12 IS-2 were burnt out by AT and tank/SPG fire, while 18 were destroyed by Panzerfaust. 41 tanks were damaged but later repaired. This represents a 109% loss ratio, meaning that many tanks were repaired more than once.
On 4 March 1945, it was adviced that the commanders of the brigade should stop drinking among the personnel and increase military discipline.
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« Last post by nysä on 13-04-2024, 16:04:38 »

Sd.Kfz. 7/1 für 2 cm Flakvierling 38/1 of Panzerjäger-Abteilung 29 crossing the Bug River, Volodymyr-Volynskyi, June 1941.
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