Panzerwrecks X P92-95: A Tiger ‘Then & Now’

Regular contributor to Panzerwrecks, Matthias Radu kindly sent us some information and comparison shots of the Tiger I knocked out at Berlebeck. Over to Matthias:

“The abandoned Tiger sat on the shoulder of Paderborner Straße between Berlebeck and Heiligenkirchen. The Tiger facing uphill, coming from Detmold. The area has changed considerably since, but the prominent building in the background at the bend of the road is the clincher. It serves today as a restaurant called “Cherusker Grillstube”. The Tiger must have been part of “Panzer-Gruppe Paderborn”, abandoned on 2nd April 1945.”

I took the liberty of Photoshopping the period and contemporary photo.

Berlebeck Tiger

Panzerwrecks X P96: Wirbelwind in Orbec “Then & Now”

Some time ago I was contacted by Lionel Gonnet who kindly shared a couple of “Then & Now” style photos with us of the 12thSS prototype Wirbelwind photographed in Orbec. Apparently it was photographed on the road to Livarot. I took the liberty of Photoshopping the original wartime photo, taken by Major Sangster onto Lionel’s contemporary pic.

Panzerwrecks X P22 – Sturmgeschütz III in Berlin – extra photos

Lack of space meant that we could only use one shot of the Sturmgeschütz III on the corner of Invalidebstrasse and Brunnenstrasse. Is it us, or does the German policeman bear more than a passing resemblance to a member of the band Devo? It must be that hat.

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Panzerwrecks X P76-7 – Sturmhaubitze 42 Ausf.G

Panzerwrecks X is shaping up as the one Panzerwrecks with the most mis-identifications – so far. David Roy was good enough to notice that the vehicle on Pages 76-77 of PWX is a Sturmhaubitze 42 Ausf G, not a Sturmgeschütz III Ausf G.

“On the StuH, the welded mantlet barrel shroud tapers at the end (10.5 cm) and on the the StuG it’s flat ( 7.5 cm). Another way to tell the late production StuG Ausf G from the StuH (minus its main armament) is the travel/barrel lock or lack thereof. All late model StuG III had this fitting, not all StuH (as in your photos Pg 76-77) have the same lock with larger diameter barrel rest for the 10.5 cm.”

Our thanks to David for bringing this to our attention.

Panzerwrecks X P51 – Drilling Question

After looking at this photo – again – I am at a loss as to how the ammo boxes could be fitted to a mount that was located so far forward in the fighting compartment. They certainly would have interfered with the driver. Perhaps we are seeing a Drilling on the other side of the m.SPW altogether? It is entirely possible that it was trailer or cart mounted as a way of mobilizing AA protection for an artillery unit. We apologize for the misconception.

Panzerwrecks X P2 – Code name ‘Toxic’

For me, the word ‘TOXIC’ painted on the side of the Panzer IV/70(V) on page 2 immediately brought to mind the notion of chemical warfare, contamination, or some other insidious encounter with poisonous substances. (Late in the war, military thinkers were concerned that Hitler might resort to ‘mad dog’ chemical warfare tactics involving poison gas to counter Allied advances into Germany proper, and the reports of new filters for German gas masks and secret bunkers full of shadowy chemical shells coming to light during POW interrogations did nothing to lessen such fears.) Thankfully, none of these threats materialized, and we thank Hans Weber for his more prosaic interpretation of “TOXIC.” It is enlightening moments like this that make me want to kick myself in the pants, because an article of mine that appeared in “AFV News” (“Battle Report and Radio Log for 197th Field Artillery Battalion for March, 1945,” Volume 44, No. 3, pages 12-17.) was FULL of code names for Allied units, and I had only to THINK a bit to realize that’s what “TOXIC” was all about. And so, even when we are lucky enough to find an interesting photo of a Panzer, we are even luckier to have found fellows like Hans and Timm and Martin who can provide a level headed explanation of what we see. And then Lee found that photo (page 71) of a Panzer IV with “Losterkrnnungstageln” and I started thinking of chemical warfare all over again.