The first Panthers

[48.PzK PzAbt 52 “512”] Unternehmen Zitadelle. Tomarovka, around Kursk, Russia. July 5-16th 1943 When Germans lose a battle, they tend to blame this on their equipment – after all, they’re the best soldiers in the world so it couldn’t be their fault. The fact that their best troops were already …

Annelise

“Porsche turret” [SPzAbt 503 “314”] Post-invasion Normandy battles, France. July 1944 The Tiger had been around for a while and it, being an überpanzer, wasn’t winning the war. Therefore a bigger tank was needed. The same insane type of specifications were laid down, Henschel, Krupp and Porsche (again) went to …

Hermann von Salza and the Estonians

25 July – 10 August 1944 11. SS Frw-PzGrenDiv “Nordland” – SS-PzAbt 11 „Hermann von Salza“ – SS-Ostuf Paul Kausch’ tank Sinimae, near Narva, Estonia In this article, I want to tell the story of the Estonian SS. Trouble is, as far as I know, none of them ever came near a …

Tiger’s first steps

Tiger’s first steps, near St-Petersburg, august 29th 1942 [SPzAbt 502 “100”] Mga, near St-Petersburg, Russia. August 29th 1942 Because of what happened in a French forest, Germany had a massive inferiority complex, and thus little small tanks. Well, someone was about to make a change. Unfortunately this someone knew little about …

Carius at Sinimae

The subject of this story, Otto Carius, was a brilliant tank commander who got to play with the first generation of Tiger tanks. In this article, we follow him and the schwere Panzer-abteilung 502 while they fight it out with the Soviets during the beginning of the Battle for the …