Tanks

Heinz Guderian, tank warfare pioneer and leading commander in WW2

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Generaloberst Heinz Guderian, a World War I veteran, was one of the pioneers of tank warfare in Germany. Guderian studied this concept between 1922 and 1928, becoming a leading expert on tanks despite not setting foot into one before 1929 (due to the Versailles treaty restrictions). Because of the same …

Romanian Goliath tracked mine, rare WW2 photograph

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One of the very few surviving images (and the only one of decent quality) of the “Romanian Goliath”, a Romanian version of the German Goliath tracked mine. This version had no armor, but was much larger, six time heavier, and better equipped to handle trenches and difficult terrain. It was …

Panzer III tanks leaving factory grounds, October 1942

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Panzer III tanks leaving the production plant in October 1942, alongside stacked piles of tracks. Book suggestion ⤵️ 📖 Achtung-Panzer!: The Development of Armoured Forces, Their Tactics and Operational Potential (Heinz Guderian, 1937)

A Char B1 Bis tank disabled in 1940, Northern France

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German Wehrmacht soldier sitting on top of a disabled Char B1 bis tank in Northern France, 1940. The Char B1 was a French medium tank which was used as a break-through vehicle and as a battle tank. The B1 entered service in 1936. In 1937, a newer version, the Char …

Then and Now: Cologne Dome Plateau, 1945 vs 2011

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Köln Dome Plateau, 1945 vs 2011. In the historical photograph, taken on April 4th, 1945, we can see a US corporal standing besides an US Army announcement and a wrecked German Panther tank. The announcement reads “Sight seers keep out! Beyond this point you draw fire on our fighting men. …

Yugoslav partisans and a New Zealand tank crew in Trieste, Italy, 1945

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Yugoslav partisans and a New Zealand tank crew in Trieste, Italy, circa May 1945. The 2nd New Zealand Division and units from Josip Tito’s National Liberation Army linked up in the city on May 1st 1945, just one day before German forces in Italy capitulated. The Germans chose to surrender …

Then and Now: Aachen, Germany, World War II vs modern days

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Aachen, Germany, 1944 vs modern days. #ThenAndNow The battle of Aachen was fought between Germany and USA during 2-21 October 1944. Aachen was part of Germany’s line of defence in the West (Siegfried line) and it was eventually captured by US forces after a grueling urban battle which destroyed the …