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21-cm-K 12 (E) 21 cm railroad gun

During World War I, Europe's rail infrastructure enabled the development of rail artillery, which gradually evolved into a life-long weapon system capable of firing very heavy projectiles and causing enormous damage to the target area - and its deployment had a psychological impact on the civilian population.

🕔︎ 30.10.2021 👁︎ 4.419

22. Panzer-Division

History and combat deployment of the German 22nd Tank Division
🕔︎ 03.09.2018 👁︎ 4.734

25. Panzer-Division

History and combat deployment of the German 25th Tank Division
🕔︎ 31.08.2018 👁︎ 4.377

3-cm-FlaK 103/38 Jaboschreck

The 3cm Flak 38/103 Jaboschreck was Germany's answer to Allied air supremacy. The 2cm Flak 38 was no longer of much use unless multiplied by four in a quad mount, and so Germany turned to Rheinmetall in 1944 to produce the 3cm Flak 38/103 based on MK 103 aircraft cannon that can be found in various German planes in FHSW. It only went into production in small numbers before the end of hostilities, but it was actually planned to use it in the Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz, which never materialized.

🕔︎ 29.12.2023 👁︎ 2.494

340. Volksgrenadier-Division

History, organizational structure and combat deployment of the People's Grenadier Divisions on the example of 340. Volksgrenadier-Division

🕔︎ 15.02.2022 👁︎ 4.625

66th Special Purpose Tank Battalion

The history and combat deployment of a unit armed with looted Soviet tanks. The tank detachment was formed for the planned invasion of Malta and, after its withdrawal, sent to the Eastern Front.

🕔︎ 15.06.2022 👁︎ 5.330

About one unusual friendship

"I would like to pilot Messerschmitt at least once in my life. Let me do one practice circuit ..."
(Request from RAF Lt. Col. Douglas Bader to Luftwaffe Lt. Col. Adolf Galland in August 1941)
🕔︎ 25.05.2013 👁︎ 18.023

AH-4

Chinese ultralight 155mm howitzer for mountain and airborne units and rapid reaction forces

🕔︎ 22.09.2021 👁︎ 5.505

Airborne General Eugen Meindl

A biography of a German artillery officer who became a paratrooper general during World War II.
🕔︎ 24.09.2013 👁︎ 7.859

ArmaLite AR-10

ArmaLite AR-10 is a 7.62 × 51 mm NATO battle rifle developed in the 1950s by Eugene Stoner and manufactured by ArmaLite, then a division of Fairchild Aircraft Corporation. The AR-10 first appeared in 1956 and introduced an innovative direct barrel / stock design, phenolic composites and forged alloys, making it easier to control with automatic firing and weighing more than 1 lb (0.45 kg) less than other infantry rifles. that time.

🕔︎ 30.10.2021 👁︎ 4.516

Croatian Legion

Croatian volunteers - members of the Reinforced Croatian Infantry Regiment 369, also known as the Croatian Legion - supported Nazi Germany during the invasion of the Soviet Union. The war did not end for them in Stalingrad, at the instigation of the Soviets they formed the First Yugoslav Volunteer Brigade and fought again - this time against the Germans in the Balkans

🕔︎ 31.12.2020 👁︎ 4.633

Deployment of German small armored combat groups on the example of Panzer-Brigade 101

In response to Soviet successes during the initial phase of the Belarusian strategic offensive against Army Group Center (Operation Bagration), Hitler ordered on July 2, 1944, to build small, highly mobile armored combat groups capable of responding quickly and effectively to enemy breakthroughs. Here is the story of one of them.

🕔︎ 04.11.2020 👁︎ 22.807

Edgar Feuchtinger

The controversial career of a German general who commanded the 21st Panzer Division during the fighting in Normandy.
🕔︎ 16.02.2014 👁︎ 8.339

Erwin Rommel

Biography of the German field marshal, one of the most important field commanders of World War II.

🕔︎ 25.12.2013 👁︎ 9.807

Friedrich August Freiherr von der Heydte

Friedrich August Freiherr von der Heydte became a legend of the German airborne troops. During World War II, he fought on all European battlefields and in North Africa. He was nicknamed the "paratrooper with the rosary" for his strong Catholic convictions.
🕔︎ 11.12.2010 👁︎ 25.603

Fritz Bayerlein

Biography of the German general who commanded the elite Tank Instruction Division during the fighting in Normandy.
🕔︎ 09.02.2014 👁︎ 8.371

Gerd von Rundstedt

The Prussian aristocrat Gerd von Rundstedt is rightly considered one of the most important German generals. During World War II, he held a high command post thanks to his exceptional abilities, despite his advanced age and ostentatious disinterest in politics and National Socialism.
🕔︎ 25.08.2013 👁︎ 9.945

Götz von Berlichingen

Götz von Berlichingen (1480-1562) - a soldier and adventurer, a respected commander, mercenary, marauding knight and rebel leader, became world famous more than 200 years after his death in 1773 thanks to Goethe's drama of the same name. He waited for further "visibility" until 1943, when his name was given to the 17th SS Tank Grenadier Division.
🕔︎ 15.12.2012 👁︎ 34.009

Günther von Kluge

A biography of a German field marshal, a capable but politically naive commander who, at crucial moments, preferred duty to honor.
🕔︎ 01.12.2013 👁︎ 10.432

Hand-held grenade launcher RGS-50

Hand-held grenade launcher, developed at the instigation of the Soviet KGB, still serves the anti-terrorist police units of the Russian Federation and other post-Soviet republics.

🕔︎ 27.09.2020 👁︎ 4.937

Heavy Tank Regiment Bäke

A short, but successful history of the regiment (actually rather a battle group) on the Eastern Front in early 1944

🕔︎ 02.12.2019 👁︎ 6.389

Heinz Pannwitz - Investigator of the assassination of Heydrich

Heinz Pannwitz is known to those interested in history primarily as the head of the Special Commission of Inquiry after the assassination of Heydrich. Less well known is his work in France, where as head of the Special Commission he tried to uncover the activities of the Soviet spy network, the Red Band. As a criminalist, Pannwitz preferred psychological coercion to brutal Gestapo methods. During his time in the Protectorate and in France, he tried to use arrested resistance fighters to play intelligence games with London and later with Moscow. There are uncertainties surrounding his alleged collaboration with Soviet military intelligence, the GRU.

🕔︎ 20.01.2013 👁︎ 46.345

Hermann Bernhard Ramcke

During his long military career in both world wars, Hermann Bernhard Ramcke, a general of airborne troops, demonstrated the courage and commanding skills for which he was awarded the Knight's Cross with swords and diamonds. He earned the nickname "Dad Ramcke" for the care he always gave to the soldiers under his command.
🕔︎ 09.10.2011 👁︎ 46.959

Infantry General Günther Blumentritt

Biography of one of the most capable German staff officers, who at the end of World War II proved to be a field commander.
🕔︎ 17.11.2013 👁︎ 9.591

Leo Geyr von Schweppenburg

Biography of the general who commanded German tank units in France before the Allied invasion and a month after the "D" day.
🕔︎ 26.01.2014 👁︎ 8.481

LRDG - Long Range Desert Group

The Long Range Desert Group ( LRDG ), a British reconnaissance and raid unit operating in the North African Western Desert during World War II, can be considered the first modern special forces unit. In its missions, it inflicted more significant damage to Axis forces than other British conventional forces of the same strength, with minimal own losses.

🕔︎ 21.05.2012 👁︎ 36.565

Ludvík Svoboda

A biography of a soldier and a politician whose fate was intrinsically connected with the fate of Czechoslovakia.
🕔︎ 23.11.2015 👁︎ 6.581

OF-40

The production of Leopard 1 tanks for the Italian army under a license purchased from the German company Krauss-Maffei GmbH enabled OTO Melara SpA to gain experience in the production of modern tanks. After the end of production, the production lines remained unused and the company's management decided to enter the market with a main battle tank of its own design (at first glance inspired by Leopard) intended for export to the Middle East.

🕔︎ 16.04.2021 👁︎ 5.253

Operation Elbrus (August 1942)

The ascent to the highest mountain of the Caucasus, Elbrus, undertaken by German mountain hunters during the summer offensive on the southern front in 1942, had no military significance. However, they would not be mountain hunters if they resisted the temptation to fly the imperial flag to the highest point where a German soldier could get during World War II. Hitler was so enraged at the climb to "that idiotic peak" that in a fit of rage he demanded a court-martial for "the crazy climbers". Of course, it didn't go that far.

🕔︎ 01.06.2012 👁︎ 54.189

Operation Greif (Ardennes 1944)

A sabotage operation by German special forces during the winter offensive in the Ardennes under the leadership of the dreaded Lieutenant Colonel Skorzeny.
🕔︎ 04.02.2012 👁︎ 35.108

Operation Leopard, Kolwezi 1978

The successful rescue mission of the French Foreign Legion Parachute Unit ( 2REP ) was the first operational airborne raid by French troops since 1956. It more than adequately justified the existence and training of 2REP and demonstrated the value of having a unit capable of rapid deployment and implementation. air raids.
🕔︎ 14.01.2012 👁︎ 36.705

Panzer Brigade 101

Despite its small strength, the Wehrmacht's tank brigade withstood a critical situation during the retreat in the Baltics in the summer of 1944 and defended the deployment of small armored combat groups against Soviet superiority.
🕔︎ 04.11.2020 👁︎ 2.830

Panzer-Brigade 103

In July 1944, on Hitler's direct order, 10 tank brigades numbered 101 to 110 were formed to hold back the Soviet advance into the Reich. These highly mobile units were able to respond quickly and effectively to local breakthroughs at the front, but they did not reverse the unfavorable strategic situation. Most of them were disbanded during the winter and incorporated into panzer divisions. Tank Brigade 103 was not deployed until March 1945.

🕔︎ 15.10.2023 👁︎ 2.245

Panzer-Division Tatra

The Tatra Tank Division successfully participated in counterinsurgency and counterguerrilla operations in Slovakia, but had no chance against the Red Army

🕔︎ 16.02.2022 👁︎ 5.532

Popski's private army

The British Army has never had much sympathy for unconventional personalities. However, after the outbreak of fighting in North Africa, its leadership quickly realised the value of eccentric individuals who knew the Western Desert and could survive in its inhospitable wastelands. It therefore enabled and encouraged the formation of such legendary unconventional units as the SAS and the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG). Then, from December 1942, another irregular unit operated in North Africa (and later Italy) - Popski's Private Army, the smallest British unit under independent command.

🕔︎ 14.02.2013 👁︎ 26.466

schwere Heeres-Panzerjäger-Kompanie 614

The fate of a unit armed with heavy Elefant tank destroyers is an eloquent testimony to the agony of the Great German Empire in the early spring of the last war year.

🕔︎ 14.10.2021 👁︎ 5.978

schwere Panzer-Kompanie Hummel

History and combat deployment of forces armed with heavy Tiger tanks from September 1944 to April 1945

🕔︎ 02.02.2020 👁︎ 5.920

Sniper Vasily Zaitsev: how a legend is created

The sniper Vasily Zaitsev, an icon of the Great Patriotic War, is sometimes considered a mere product of Soviet propaganda. Like anyone who successfully fought in the Stalingrad inferno, Zaitsev deserves respect and admiration. It was the politruks and propagandists who politically exploited his name and fighting prowess. Half-truths and outright fabrications about Vasily Zaitsev have taken on a life of their own, and individual authors of historical and fiction publications have taken them over and copied them from each other. The crown of all this was put on by Annaud's film "The Enemy at the Gates". The name Vasily Zaitsev has thus become synonymous with the term "Soviet sniper", although there were dozens of Soviet snipers with more successful hits during World War II.

🕔︎ 10.12.2010 👁︎ 102.622

Steyr SK-105 Kürassier

The SK-105 Kürassier is an Austrian light tank armed with a rifled 105 mm gun in an oscillating turret. It is estimated that over 700 have been produced, with initial deliveries in 1971. It shares its CN 105-57 main gun with the French AMX-13, which was widely produced and deployed.

🕔︎ 01.06.2023 👁︎ 2.206

Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 242

Formed for the Afrikakorps, almost destroyed at Stalingrad, it made its way through Italy to the foothills of the Alps. The long journey of an assault gun unit into American captivity.
🕔︎ 10.02.2020 👁︎ 8.044

Successes and defeats of military intelligence: Crete

Operation Mercury, the German invasion of Crete in May 1941, deprived Britain of a valuable foothold in the Mediterranean. However, the Germans won at the cost of unacceptable losses. The course of the fighting in Crete was significantly affected by the failure of the intelligence services of both warring parties. While the German attackers set out to fight with terribly inaccurate ideas about the targets, the defenders of Crete had enough accurate information, but due to their poor evaluation, they put all their efforts in the wrong direction.

🕔︎ 30.09.2012 👁︎ 37.977

Successes and defeats of military intelligence: France 1940

The speed with which Nazi Germany defeated France in 1940 shocked the world. The Wehrmacht defeated the French army, which had been considered the most respected military force in Europe for twenty years, in less than seven weeks. The reason for the German victory (and the French defeat) were mainly differences in the military doctrine of the two countries, the operational art of the command corps and the level of training of their troops. The result of the war was also due to the different approach of the French and German armies to the collection of intelligence and, in particular, to its evaluation and use.

🕔︎ 13.02.2013 👁︎ 35.589

Successes and defeats of military intelligence: Moscow 1941

The collapse of Operation Typhoon - the German attempt to conquer Moscow - marked the definitive end of the blitzkrieg on the Eastern Front. The Blitzkrieg turned into a war of wear and tear - and Nazi Germany did not have enough human or material resources for it. The initial success of the German winter offensive was made possible by the failure of Soviet military intelligence, which did not anticipate an attack on Moscow at this time of year and was unable to detect German preparations. The Abwehr's traditional underestimation of Red Army power was one of the main causes of the defeat of the Central Army Group, which, thanks to Hitler's ban on retreating, did not end in utter disaster.

🕔︎ 11.11.2012 👁︎ 39.936

Successes and defeats of military intelligence: Singapore 1942

The fall of Singapore, also known as the Battle of Singapore, took place in the South–East Asian threatre of the Pacific War, when the Empire of Japan captured the British stronghold of Singapore — nicknamed the "Gibraltar of the East" — with fighting in Singapore lasting from 8 to 15 February 1942. Singapore was the foremost British military base and economic port in South–East Asia and was the key to British interwar defence planning for the region. The capture of Singapore resulted in the largest British surrender in history.

🕔︎ 13.01.2013 👁︎ 26.639

Successes and defeats of military intelligence: the North African battlefield

Rommel's Afrikakorps was aided by initial intelligence on North Africa's information about British troops and their plans. The Allies eventually won mainly due to numerical and material superiority. Without quality intelligence, however, their victory would cost more time, resources and, most importantly, lives.
🕔︎ 21.10.2012 👁︎ 17.654

Sylvester Stadler

Sylvester Stadler was one of the youngest German generals during World War II. He took command of the 9th SS Tank Division "Hohenstaufen" in just 33 years. During the war, he proved many times directly on the front line that he is an exceptional commander. As one of the 24 SS soldiers, he was the holder of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. His name has never been associated with war crimes.
🕔︎ 24.03.2012 👁︎ 36.933

T-42 (project of super-heavy tank)

The T-42 was a project of Ing. Grotte from 1932, based on the TG-VI project. This colossus, weighing about 100 tons, about 15 m long and protected by armor up to 70 mm thick, was to be powered by a Grott designed engine of 2000 HP (speed up to 30 km/h) or two AM-34 engines of 800 HP (speed 18 km/h).

🕔︎ 18.11.2019 👁︎ 7.410

The Americans at Kasserine Pass: a debacle or a useful lesson?

The fighting for the Kasserine Pass in February 1943 between inexperienced American troops and seasoned German veterans is often portrayed, especially by American historians, as a catastrophic defeat. In reality, however, the Americans were able to quickly reclaim the lost territory. Even more valuable was the acquisition of valuable combat experience for future African and especially European campaigns.

🕔︎ 19.08.2012 👁︎ 38.657

The first Czech spy Emanuel Voska

The Czech-American Emanuel Voska became known as the first Czech spy, a leading figure in the anti-Austrian resistance and a close collaborator of T.G. Masaryk.
🕔︎ 07.12.2016 👁︎ 6.378

Third Battle of Kharkov

Kharkov. Ukraine's second largest city, an industrial center and a major transport hub. During World War II, it became four times the site of heavy fighting between German and Soviet troops. In October 1941, it was conquered by the German 6th Army. The Soviet attempt to conquer the city in May 1942 was repulsed by the Germans. Less than a year later, in the early spring of 1943, the Red Army gained Kharkov and soon lost it again. During this, the third battle of Kharkov, the 1st Czechoslovak Field Battalion underwent its combat baptism. The city definitely passed into Soviet hands in August 1943.

🕔︎ 12.03.2013 👁︎ 42.902

Waffen SS Muslim Divisions

Heinrich Himmler's ambition to create the largest possible private conscription force brought a large number of foreign troops into the ranks of the Waffen SS. Among the most bizarre of these were certainly the Muslim divisions. The Bosnian and Kosovar Muslim volunteers did not excel in morale or fighting qualities. But in the short time they were deployed, especially in the anti-Partisan fighting in the Balkans, they earned a reputation as the most brutal of war criminals. The Muslim divisions of the SS Arms eventually disappeared due to massive desertions rather than combat losses.

🕔︎ 06.07.2012 👁︎ 92.208

Walter Model

A biography of a field marshal who is considered one of the most brilliant German strategists of World War II.
🕔︎ 15.12.2013 👁︎ 10.113

ZBD-03

The Chinese airborne combat vehicle, inspired by the Russian BMD-3, lags behind its design in terms of quality.

🕔︎ 27.09.2021 👁︎ 4.735

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