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' Sturmtiger '
By Peter Symonds of Nottingham UK
Developed as a heavy infantry support vehicle capable of reducing to rubble to any concrete enplacements inluding whole buildings, first saw action in Stalingrad in 1942 with devistating effect.
This vehicle based on a Tiger chassic it fired a 380mm diameter 1.5 m long rocket propelled shell giving low recoil on a shortened barrel.
This was a breech loader and was fitted with thick armoured plate as this was was vunerable being used in close urban support.
There were earlier versions of a smaller calibre but Hitler wanted a more powerful weapon and 12 were manufactured at first.
Included in its armament was a special mortar delivering SMi 35 leaping mines and an MG34 for crew protection.
Captured Sturmtigers some of them just ran out of ammunition.
Sturmtiger being inspected by American Engineers
DID YOU KNOW
Field During the Battle at Kursk, some German soldiers were issued with Amphetamines so heavily that they were able to fight for 3 to 4 days straight without sleep, but when the pills wore off there were reports of some soldiers dropping dead from exhaustion.
DID YOU KNOW
Field marshall Erwin Rommel command vehicle was captured British AEC 4 x 4 ACV ightly armoured van based on a bus chassis , nicknamed the 'Dorchester' by the British as they were so well equiped Rommel used them as mobile meeting rooms and sleeping quarters for himself in the Egyptian War, There were two captured by the German DAK one named named 'Max' and the other 'Moritz'
In 1944 a 6 wheel version was produced based on the AEC 0857 lorry chassis and comstructed of 9mm armoured steel plate it was so heavy it weighed 17 tonnes. The motor was an AEC 150 bhp engine
Both vehicles were powered by two engines LP low power and HP high power gasoline engines.
Starting production in 1941 there were 415 units built in all and the mk 1 was first used in the Africa Campaign by the British. Apparently Romel loved it.
' Reichpost Van '
Andy Jones of Kinver Staffordshire UK
This model has been rebuilt from a Tamiya Kubelwagon kit the top of the Kubelwagon has been carefully removed and a scratch built top with doors has been added.. it's a refreshing change from tracked vehicles
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British Type 1 AEC Command Vehicle in 4 x 4 wheel drive.