German sub-machine guns MP40, MP38 – the German Army’s trademark. History, development, service, specifications, pictures, video and 3D model. MP40, MP38 Type: German submachine guns. History: In 1938, having contemplated the trends and tactics of the Spanish Civil War, the German Army decided that a sub-machine gun was needed; not, apparently, convinced that any of the contemporary designs available were what they wanted, they instructed Herr Giepel to produce one to their specification. As it happened, Giepel had been working … learn more
German medium anti-aircraft gun Flak 18, 36 and 37. History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures, video and 3D model. 88mm gun Flak 18, 36 and 37. Type: medium anti-aircraft gun, but often used as anti-tank or field gun. History: The terms of the 1919 Versaille treaty set rigid regulations about what artillery manufacturing might be accomplished in Germany, therefore the biggest German armaments firm, Krupp of Essen, dispatched a group to Sweden to continue development and research away from enforced … learn more
Panzer VI Ausf E (Tiger I) Service, specifications, statistics and 3D model. to Part I of Tiger tank Animated 3D model PzKpfw VI Tiger I Combat service The first unit, which was equipped with the Tiger tank was the first platoon of 502. heavy Panzer Abteilung, which was hurriedly assembled and rushed in action to the Leningrad area in August 1942. Personally planned by Hitler in detail, the operation ended in disaster, and the Russians were early informed about the … learn more
Panzer VI Ausf E (Tiger I) History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures, video and 3D model. Pzkpfw VI Tiger I (Ausf. E, Sdkfz 181) Typ: German heavy tank. History: As far back as 1938 the Wehrmacht had realized that the Panzer III and Panzer IV tank would need to get replaced by a modern-day model a while later on. Numerous prototypes were designed by a few German manufacturers, but none was put into manufacturing. At the start of 1941 an … learn more
War Diary – the last days 75 years ago:
Diary for Monday, August 25, 1941: Middle East ANGLO-RUSSIAN INVASION OF IRAN begins (with 2 British and 3 Russian divisions). Russian Front Operation Barbarossa: Germans capture Dnepropetrovsk, south of Kiev; Guderian advances on latter city from the north. Germans capture Novgorod. Sea War Operation Countenance: British forces land at Abadan, Khorramshahr and Bandar Shapur; naval forces sink 2 Iranian gunboats and capture 7 Axis merchant ships. Politics Germany: Mussolini confers with Hitler at Rastenburg (East Prussia) at HQ known as … learn more
Diary for Sunday, August 24, 1941: Sea War Mediterranean – Operation Mincemeat I: HMS Manxman (disguised as large French destroyer) lays 140 mines off Livorno (Italy), while Swordfish torpedo-bombers from Ark Royal operate over Sardinia. Politics Churchill warns Japan to desist from further aggression.
Diary for Saturday, August 23, 1941: Neutrals Vichy France: Petain empowers Vichy courts to impose death penalty for terrorist offences (3 men guillotined, August 28).