The Red Army, Russian Tanks, German Tanks


German armored cars, German half-track

In the late 1920s, the German army began development work on its first generation of post-World War I Panzerspaehwagens (armored cars). Standard German army practice was to dispatch three German armored cars on a reconnaissance patrol. The patrols would normally last from one to two days. At least one of the armored cars would be equipped with a powerful radio. The Germans would also send an artillery observer along with the patrols to call in emergency fire when required. German Tanks

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German half-track

A number of specialized vehicles were developed to provide a reasonable amount of mobility to the non-tank units of panzer divisions. One of the best known specialized vehicles was an armored half-track designated the Mittlerer (medium) Schutzenpanzerwagen (infantry-tank-vehicle) or just Sd.Kfz 251. The designation Sd.Kfz indicated a special-purpose army vehicle. The numbers that followed gave the vehicle's ordnance number. German Tanks

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Jagdtiger Tank

The Jagdtiger was based on a King Tiger tank chassis that was lengthened by 10 inches. The 128-mm gun was mounted in a large, sloped, armored box-like superstructure. The frontal armor was 250 millimeters thick. Excluding the gun, the vehicle was 23 feet 10 inches long, 11 feet 9 1/2 inches wide, and 9 feet 3 inches tall. Including the gun, the Jagdtiger was 32 feet 2 inches long. German Tanks

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Tiger II Tank

In contrast to their design of the Tiger I, the Germans went to considerable effort to incorporate sloped armor plates into the design of the Tiger II Tank. When the British army captured its first Tiger II in France in July 1944, the ordnance officers who looked it over noted the many design features it shared in common with the Panther tank, especially the sloping of the main armor plate. German Tanks

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Tiger I, Tiger II

In May 1942, one month after the first prototypes of the Tiger I were shown to Hitler, the ordnance department of the German army authorized development of an improved Tiger tank originally designated as the Tiger H3. It would receive its more well-known title of Tiger II Tank on March 16, 1943. German Tanks

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