The tank graveyard: German depot that has dismantled more than 15,000 armoured vehicl - Page 2




 
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March 12th, 2015  
s_weichbrodt
 
 
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Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
When my dad was in France after D Day, he mentioned that there were farmers fields packed with German vehicles of all types, tracked and wheeled. Some were basically scrap, while a lot were perfectly serviceable.

Someone must have made a small fortune.
My father was 5 years old when the war ended. He, his mother and his sister (his father was already a 'guest' of the Russian's, having been captured on the Western Front) moved West from Kiel in an attempt to find refuge in an area controlled by the French, British or American's.

One of this enduring memories was the sheer amount of German military equipment that had simply been abandoned by the road side due to a lack of fuel, spare parts or motivation by its crew.

In one small town where they stayed there was a Kegelbahn (small bowling alley for want of a better word) attached to a small hotel/restaurant. Where the pins where normally located someone had filled the entire area in with sand for form range butts. At the other end where a number of MG-34's and MG-42's, some with ammunition.

They had stumbled upon a make shift firing range, also abandoned.
March 13th, 2015  
tetvet
 
The Germans had / have a knack for losing Wars but now with their new secret weapon Merkles face they might win one .
March 13th, 2015  
BritinAfrica
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by s_weichbrodt
My father was 5 years old when the war ended. He, his mother and his sister (his father was already a 'guest' of the Russian's, having been captured on the Western Front) moved West from Kiel in an attempt to find refuge in an area controlled by the French, British or American's.

One of this enduring memories was the sheer amount of German military equipment that had simply been abandoned by the road side due to a lack of fuel, spare parts or motivation by its crew.

In one small town where they stayed there was a Kegelbahn (small bowling alley for want of a better word) attached to a small hotel/restaurant. Where the pins where normally located someone had filled the entire area in with sand for form range butts. At the other end where a number of MG-34's and MG-42's, some with ammunition.

They had stumbled upon a make shift firing range, also abandoned.
When I was in Germany on exercise around 1980 I met a chap who was on the Eastern Front, his story of the conditions were horrific.
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March 16th, 2015  
crockett007
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Think Tanker
Pardon your French! Those aren't Marder APC's either, but rather Marder 1A3 IFV's, fitted out with a RH202 20mm Autocannon and (possible?) a Milan F3 (or F2 )
I've actually been inside one during joint training exersizes with our sister Bundeswehr units. Pretty tight. You'll have to excuse me, as being an ex-tanker, all PC's look alike to me...LOL
March 18th, 2015  
The Think Tanker
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by crockett007
I've actually been inside one during joint training exersizes with our sister Bundeswehr units. Pretty tight. You'll have to excuse me, as being an ex-tanker, all PC's look alike to me...LOL
Don't worry about it, being a teenager with some (probably too much) leisure time, I have hours of the day to distinguish and study small details like that :-3, besides, you still have light-years better identification then this one chap at my school who attempted to convince me that the '113 was actually a tank.
March 20th, 2015  
s_weichbrodt
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
When I was in Germany on exercise around 1980 I met a chap who was on the Eastern Front, his story of the conditions were horrific.
I have photo's of him when he returned to Germany after WW2. He looked like a ghost.
March 20th, 2015  
tetvet
 
He shouldn't have went to Russia , Hitler shouldn't have gone to Russia , what Hitler's plan was is beyond me , how far east did he intend to go ? and what did he intend to do once he got there .
March 20th, 2015  
Yossarian
 
 
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Originally Posted by tetvet
He shouldn't have went to Russia , Hitler shouldn't have gone to Russia , what Hitler's plan was is beyond me , how far east did he intend to go ? and what did he intend to do once he got there .

Freeze to death..... And Oil Fields.
March 20th, 2015  
tetvet
 
No Oil fields at Stalingrad or Leningrad only Freeze and Death .
March 20th, 2015  
Yossarian
 
 
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Originally Posted by tetvet
No Oil fields at Stalingrad or Leningrad only Freeze and Death .

You said what did he want to achieve by going and east:

Hence out there to the direct northeast over the Urals is icy tundra and permafrost.

To the southeast past Stalingrad you have access to at the time a major natural oil deposit then feeding the Soviet Union.
 


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