Javier Tomé contacted me this week regarding the Jagdtigers in Panzerwrecks 21:
I am very fond of Panzerwrecks books although this time I disagree with the Jagdtiger captions:
The Strengberg Jagdtiger was captured on 8 May 1945. The date welded on the front armor is 5 May, but local history and 65th ID reports say 8 May.
The Iggelheim Jagdtiger was destroyed on 22 March 1945. Again the local chronicle and 12th Armored reports support this date.
If the Gmund Jagdtiger has the number 30500? on it, this means that this is Jagdtiger 305002, the only Henschel type among the first 9 Jagdtigers (305001 to 305009). This one belonged to the Panzerjager-Ersatz- und Ausbildungs-Abteilung 17 at Freistadt (Austria). It is said that the 4 Jagdtiger in the replacement battalion, which were used for training, were destroyed during an air attack in the Mauthausen area during rail transport. If the number “30500?”is right, them there are reasonable doubts about the unit and wreck place: s.pz.jg.Abt 653 and Gmund am Tegernsee.
Anyway, three small drops in an ocean of good work, carry on!
Thanks for your input Javier.