Thursday, 17 July 2008

Post #43 A ride with the panzers

I found an interesting website a while ago, called Achtung Panzer! It gives a fascinating amount of detail about German armoured vehicles and opens with this disclaimer:

It is important to understand that this website is not dedicated and does NOT support any Revisionist or Neo-Nazi beliefs and does NOT glorify war. This website is dedicated to the history of tanks and people of the Panzertruppe during World War II. It describes most of the armored fighting vehicles used by the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS Panzer Divisions from September of 1939 to May of 1945. It also describes some of the Panzer Generals and Aces along with other information and additional articles related to the Panzertruppe and/or World War II in general.

No, it doesn't glorify war, it just glorifies the implements of war...but that's okay by me, so let's get to the heavy metal!! The site contains videos showing original footage from WWII and pictures of all sorts of obscure war-wagons you've never heard of. I spent a couple of hours delving into the fascinating corners of what is obviously a labour of love. One interesting thing about these contraptions is the extent to which they were often improvised from captured enemy kit or put together from bits and pieces of other designs which had failed to reach full production. As a research tool or just an interesting read, I recommend it.

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