By mid-1944, the Panther was at its peak performance and widely regarded as the most formidable tank on the battlefield. Nevertheless, when the Panther debuted in the Battle of Kursk in July 1943, it was still not ready to go into combat.
The Panther tank was seen as a necessary component...read more
In the early spring of 1943, Michael Wittmann commanded a Tiger I heavy tank as a platoon leader. On July 5th of 1943, Wittmann started his combat career on Tiger during the Operation Citadel (Zitadelle). Attached to the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH), Wittmann's platoon of four Tigers...read more
This is a video made of the German Newsreels. It's another masterpiece made by HCT. He says he loves the rare footage in the newsreels and the great real sound of battle. You can clearly watch a Stug III, a Panzer IV Aufs. C, some Flak 88, some Pack 36 and some fabulous German artillery the...read more
The main effort, however, was to the south, where the Korsun–Shevchenkovsky Offensive was launched on January 24. After a massive bombardment, 2nd Ukrainian Front's, 4th Guards and 53rd Armies attacked to the south of the Korsun bulge, and were joined the next day by the 5th Guards Tank Army....read more
Many victories on the battlefield during World War II were achieved not only for the technical superiority of weapons, but also for the courage and ingenuity of its owners. An example of such confrontation was the unequal fight between light tank T-70 Second Lieutenant...read more
On 2 May 1945, after one of the most intense battles in human history, the guns at last stopped firing amongst the ruins of Berlin. According to Soviet veterans, the silence that followed the fighting was literally deafening. Less than four years after his attack on the Soviet Union, Hitler's...read more
Suddenly and without warning, early on the morning of 22 June 1941, over three million Axis forces lunged across the Soviet state border and commenced Hitler’s infamous Operation Barbarossa. Spearheaded by four powerful panzer groups and protected by an impenetrable curtain of air support, the...read more