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Re: Picture of the Day
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« Reply #15856 on: 03-10-2018, 22:10:06 »
Panzer IVs always seem to have trouble with bridges ;D

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These photographs were taken in the early morning of June 5, the opening day of Fall Rot, as 7.Panzer-Division advanced down a railway embankment after crossing the Somme. A Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.D with tactical number "321" lost a track just before crossing an overpass and as a result held up the entire advance. In the first photo there appears to be some discussion as to the best course of action to remove the obstacle. A Pz.Kpfw.38(t) and two more Panzer IV Aust.D are in position to assist. 321's lost track can be seen amongst the group of men beside the rearmost Panzer IV. This shot also gives a good view ofd the aerial recognition rectangles painted on the engine decks of the tanks. Rommel took this picture while standing on the hillside overlooking the site



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In the second photo "321" has been turned 90 degrees and dragged over the edge of the embankment to allow traffic to continue across the bridge while hey decide what to do with the tank.



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Finally, "321" has been dragged all the way to the bottom of the embankment so repairs can be made. A medical unit displaying prominent Red Cross symbols is moving across the bridge led by a motorcycle-sidecar combination.



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Another photo taken at the same location as two Kradschutzen lead an Sd.Kfz.223 across the bridge. Engineers from Pionier-Battalion 58 removed the railway track and ties from the bridge deck to provide a proper roadway for the division. All the vehicles carry a "K" marking that is highly unusual as 7.Panzer-Division was not part of Gruppe von Kleist for either Fall Gelb or Fall Rot, nor were any other units in this sector. It is known that there were anomalies to this system and it is possible that the K represents something else, perhaps the commander of the unit. Or it may be that a unit assigned to Gruppe von Kleist has moved over to 7.Panzer-Division's sector.

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Re: Picture of the Day
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #15858 on: 04-10-2018, 08:10:04 »
Panzer IVs always seem to have trouble with bridges ;D


Panzer III's don't seem much better  ;D

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #15859 on: 04-10-2018, 13:10:34 »
Really great re-coloring of an old photo. The caption says “Hetzers in Prague, 1945” but a more reliable source says “Vehicles abandoned during an American offensive, early 1945”

Anyone wanna play a guessing game as to where these Hetzers are from? ;D



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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #15860 on: 04-10-2018, 16:10:26 »
Those Jagdpanzer 38(t) likely belonged to the "attached" 20. Panzergrenadier-Division. The location is Sagan, Lower Silesia (spring 1945).

Source: "Panzergrenadiers to the Front! The Combat History of Panzergrenadier Division "Brandenburg" on the Eastern Front" by A.Stephan Hamilton (2016)

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Re: Picture of the Day
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #15862 on: 04-10-2018, 18:10:32 »
Is that what the sign reads? Zagan?

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« Reply #15863 on: 04-10-2018, 18:10:28 »
A bit more info: the location seems to be Żary and yes, the road sign is pointing to Żagań/Sagan which is 15 kilometers to the East (from "In Focus 1: Jagdpanzer 38").
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #15864 on: 04-10-2018, 19:10:08 »
Is that what the sign reads? Zagan?
Yes, in Cyrillic it's ЗАГАН, which translates to Žaga, of which there are three locations in Slovenia.

So I'm not so sure about the "American offensive" there ;)

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #15865 on: 04-10-2018, 21:10:56 »
Yea, lots of places seem to have it mis-captioned. :P

Looks just like the 'Lookout' outpost on Hurtgen Forest 8)

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #15866 on: 05-10-2018, 05:10:10 »
Jagdpanzer 38(t)s are from the final production line, with features that were introduced in late March 1945 incl. steel, spring loaded antenna base (a rubber saving measure) and welded-on rings for attaching camouflage - these types only saw action between (and around) the border area of Czech - Germany - Upper and Lower Silesia.

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Destroyed SU-85 in Luban, Lower Silesia. March 1945
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« Reply #15867 on: 05-10-2018, 15:10:36 »
More tanks that should’ve used bridges properly :P

A Sherman tank being recovered from the river Biferno near Campo-Marino, Italy, October 1943.


I can’t tell for sure because the markings are covered up, but I think this is a Sherman V of the Canadian 12th Armored Regiment (Three Rivers). The turret markings indicate C Squadron (circle) 3rd Troop (number).

They were supporting the 79th Infantry Division in Termoli after Germans counterattacked the British commandos who had seized the town a few nights before.

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Re: Picture of the Day
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #15869 on: 06-10-2018, 01:10:26 »
Btw, in my last picture of the Sherman, does anyone know what those “wings” are on the back deck? (With the allied marking)

I’m guessing it’s wading gear of some sort, but I’ve never seen it before.