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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #18285 on: 02-02-2024, 05:02:13 »


Two Panther Ausf. G (12.44-01.45 H.N.H. prod.) abandoned by their crews during the batte of Vyškov.

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« Reply #18286 on: 02-02-2024, 21:02:18 »

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« Reply #18287 on: 03-02-2024, 12:02:36 »


2./StuG.Abt. 667's StuG III Ausf. F (08.42 prod.) with Hugo Primozic and the crew, late 1942.
Primozic's team destroyed 45 enemy tanks during the fighting in the central sector of the Eastern front. Of these, 24 were destroyed just in one day (15.09.1942) and in doing so was able to prevent an enemy breakthrough. By the end of December, they had destroyed 60 enemy tanks (the entire crew was awarded with the German Cross in Gold).
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Having earned two of the highest German awards of the war smart looking officer Hugo Primozic was a popular motive for the propaganda. Until today Hugo he is one of the most famous historical characters of the Sturmartillerie. His face can be found everywhere in the literature and on the internet.
Primozic proved that he was a valuable und capable soldier able to turn the tide on the battlefield. So one may wonder why such an experienced and distinguished officer never returned to the frontline - at least as a Zugführer if not Batterieführer like a lot of other highly decoratet Sturmartilleristen?
One reason is Hitler himself. He gave an order that forbade Primozic to return to the frontline. As the first Unteroffizier of the Heer who earned the Eichenlaub and personaly promoted to Leutnant by Hitler himself he obviously valued Primozic very high.
But it should also be added that Primozic's superior officers stated that his qualities as a personality and soldier where very good - but "only" average as an officer. Risking the loss of an Eichenlaubträger and a showpiece of the Sturmartillerie as an „ordinary“ Zugführer seemed not like an option. So Primociz had to follow the order to stay away from the front like other highly decorated men.
Primozic was probably not happy beeing bound to the „Heimatkriegsgebiet“ but nevertheless fullfilled his duty. It turned out he was not only formidable in combat but also skilled as an instructor. For more than two years he trained young recruits as Sturmartilleristen sharing his wisdom and experiences as an eastern front veteran. His fellow officers and subordinates liked and appreciated him as a very friendly and modest comrade.
In these two years while working with subordinates Primozic's must have developed his personality as an officer. His last assessment from February 1945 stated that he was unrestricted qualified ("uneingeschränkt geeignet") as Batterieführer.
Primozic’s incomplete personal file contains correspondence from March 1945 concerning his last rank. Several superior authorities and finally the Inspekteur der Artillerie supported Primozic’s preferentially promotion („vorzugsweise Beförderung“) to Oberleutnant. Sadly the file ends at this point. Probably due to the chaos of the Endkampf papers got lost and never reached the personal file. It is possible if not likely that in the last days of the war Hugo Primozic was promoted to Oberleutnant but he never received word and any proof got lost.

Source: Christian Bauermeister

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #18288 on: 04-02-2024, 16:02:54 »

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« Reply #18289 on: 04-02-2024, 17:02:00 »

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Having earned two of the highest German awards of the war smart looking officer Hugo Primozic was a popular motive for the propaganda. Until today Hugo he is one of the most famous historical characters of the Sturmartillerie. His face can be found everywhere in the literature and on the internet.
Primozic proved that he was a valuable und capable soldier able to turn the tide on the battlefield. So one may wonder why such an experienced and distinguished officer never returned to the frontline - at least as a Zugführer if not Batterieführer like a lot of other highly decoratet Sturmartilleristen?
One reason is Hitler himself. He gave an order that forbade Primozic to return to the frontline. As the first Unteroffizier of the Heer who earned the Eichenlaub and personaly promoted to Leutnant by Hitler himself he obviously valued Primozic very high.
But it should also be added that Primozic's superior officers stated that his qualities as a personality and soldier where very good - but "only" average as an officer. Risking the loss of an Eichenlaubträger and a showpiece of the Sturmartillerie as an „ordinary“ Zugführer seemed not like an option. So Primociz had to follow the order to stay away from the front like other highly decorated men.
Primozic was probably not happy beeing bound to the „Heimatkriegsgebiet“ but nevertheless fullfilled his duty. It turned out he was not only formidable in combat but also skilled as an instructor. For more than two years he trained young recruits as Sturmartilleristen sharing his wisdom and experiences as an eastern front veteran. His fellow officers and subordinates liked and appreciated him as a very friendly and modest comrade.
In these two years while working with subordinates Primozic's must have developed his personality as an officer. His last assessment from February 1945 stated that he was unrestricted qualified ("uneingeschränkt geeignet") as Batterieführer.
Primozic’s incomplete personal file contains correspondence from March 1945 concerning his last rank. Several superior authorities and finally the Inspekteur der Artillerie supported Primozic’s preferentially promotion („vorzugsweise Beförderung“) to Oberleutnant. Sadly the file ends at this point. Probably due to the chaos of the Endkampf papers got lost and never reached the personal file. It is possible if not likely that in the last days of the war Hugo Primozic was promoted to Oberleutnant but he never received word and any proof got lost.

Source: Christian Bauermeister
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #18290 on: 05-02-2024, 15:02:04 »


Panzerjäger 4,7 cm (t) auf Renault R35 (f), found between Bailleul - Leper (Ypres).
This was one of nine training vehicles (originally from Panzerjäger-Abteilung 304) that left Calais on early September 1944. Seven vehicles broke during the road march and surviving two became involved in 'Market Garden'.

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #18291 on: 06-02-2024, 07:02:04 »


Ready for Kursk.

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« Reply #18294 on: 09-02-2024, 16:02:23 »


Knocked out Panther Ausf. G (08.44. M.N.H. prod.) at M.A.N. factory, sent for 'factory maintenance', Nürnberg 1945. M.A.N. were responsible for the repair and refurbishment of all Panthers that were returned from the front for major repairs.

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« Reply #18295 on: 09-02-2024, 18:02:59 »

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« Reply #18297 on: 11-02-2024, 05:02:20 »


One of two Tigers from schwere Panzer-Kompanie "Hummel" in a support of 15. Panzergrenadier-Division near Eschweiler, November 1944.
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The unit soon lost one of its Tigers to antitank fire (19.11), followed by the death of company commander Hauptmann Hans Hummel, near Lindern (20.11).

Trivia-bit: Hptm Hummel was formerly the commander of the 2./s.Pz.Abt. 504 in Sicily, and was seriously injured in the knee on 11 July 1943, on the first day of the invasion - from a shot that penetrated through the escape hatch. 2./s.Pz.Abt. 504 lost 60% of its Tigers in the first three days of the invasion and there were only four remaining by the mid-July. The sole remaining Tiger '222' was ferried to Messina in mid-August, just to break down soon after with a suspension damage at Calabria.

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #18298 on: 12-02-2024, 15:02:56 »


Jagdpanther G1 destroyed by a FAB-100 bomb. According to the Soviet report, the gun mantlet was also penetrated by a 76mm artillery round. Balaton area, 1945.

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« Reply #18299 on: 12-02-2024, 19:02:46 »