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Jumat, 03 Juli 2009



Tank pertama kali dibuat oleh seorang inggris bernama Sir Ernest Swinston tahun 1914.Tetapi,pada perang dunia 2 jermanlah yang memegang gelar "PANZER" karena begitu kuat dan hebatnya tank-tank jerman seperti 'tiger tank' , 'king tiger tank' , dan 'panzer tank'.Bahkan tank andalan Amerika yaitu 'sherman tank'pun tak mampu menghadapi kendaraan para kesatria Hitler tersebut.Hitler sebagai pemimpin partai NAZI pun selalu berkata "saya kuat di daratan,tapi saya pengecut di lautan" karena ia tahu betapa kuatnya tank-tank miliknya.
Namun,sekuat apapun tank,bila ada pemburu seperti "P-47D Thunderbolt" dan "Hawker Typhoon" alias "sipemburu tank" maka tidak ada apa-apanya tank-tank sekuat jerman

Galeri "German Tiger Tank"

Early model An early production model, spring 1943 in Kursk. Note the rather tall commander's cupola and the top opening hatches which were characteristics of the early production tanks. Spare track links were carried in the front of the tank's hull.

Thumbnail photo Another frontal shot of an early production model. Smoke dischargers are also visible on the turret sides. The commander's cupola used bulletproof glass which severely limited visibility from within the fighting compartment.

Thumbnail photo A unit being transported on rails. These war monsters needed two sets of tracks; one for transporation and one for combat. The combat tracks are rolled up in front during rail transportation and had to be outfitted again during unloading.

Thumbnail picture This is a mid production tank #319. The commander's cupola has been shortened with the bulletproof glass now replaced with seven periscopes. The hatch now swivels to the side. The rubber rimmed wheels are still retained in the mid production, but the outer wheels are often removed. Smoke dischargers were also discontinued in the mid production series.

Thumbnail picture Unit number 111 crossing a bridge in Tunisia, December 1943. The bridge was named after Major Loewe, the panzer commander of PzAbt.501 who was later killed in action.

Thumbnail picture A battalion of Tigers being transported by rail. This is the early version model. Their combat tracks can be seen rolled up in front.

Late production A late production series. The rubber rimmed road wheels were replaced with steel wheels. The gun sight was also changed to a TZF9c monocular. Spare tracks were also carried on the turret sides from the mid-production onwards.

Thumbnail pic Lenigrad, 1943. A member of sPzAbt 502 advances on a road through a russian village. Pictured behind a Schwimwagen, this particular unit still uses the TZF9b binocular gun sight, clearly visible with the two holes on the left of the gun mantlet.

Thumbnail pic Tank number 131 of sPzAbt 101, Normandy, July 1944. A field applied camouflage of dark green and red brown over a base dark yellow was a common cammouflage pattern. In winter, some tanks carried a flat white wash brushed over the base color.

Colored Tiger Tank Same photo as above, but with digital color rendering. The original photo is black and white.

Thumbnail pics In this photo, German engineers change a Tiger's tracks from transport tracks to combat tracks. This was a tedious task frowned by the engineers. The tracks alone weighed 2.5 tons. You can see the wheels dismantled and lying on the ground.

Normandy, 1944 Normandy, late 1944. Zimmerit coating, an anti-magnetic mine paste was applied to the vertical surfaces of the hull and turret to prevent magnetic mines from sticking to the hull. This practice was later discontinued when there were reports that it ignited fires when hit by a shell.

Thumbnail pics World War 2 leading tanker ace, SS-Hauptsturmführer (captain) Michael Wittman briefing his tank commanders, Normandy 1944. Decorated with the prestigious Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords, Michael Wittman destroyed 138 allied tanks and 132 anti-tank guns during his career.

101st SS Schwere-Panzer Abteilung A unit of the 101st SS Schwere-Panzer Abteilung (Heavy Panzer battalion), which Michael Wittman was part of. The 101st saw action in Russia and Normandy.

Dark green/red brown camouflage An excellent shot of the typical dark green/red brown camouflage which was very common in Normandy. In the background is a SdKfz rocket launcher, in support of the battallion. If I remember correctly, this was taken shortly before Operation Zitadelle.

Tiger 1 with feifel air cleaners Feifel air cleaners located on the back of the hull above the engine compartment were fitted for units operating in tropical environments like in Africa. These air filters were not fitted for units destined for European destinations.

Bergetiger A variation of the Tiger 1, the Bergetiger was converted as a recovery vehicle used to tow distressed tanks from the battlefield. It is equipped with a crane instead of a gun.

Tunisia, North Africa Tunisia, North Africa. This picture shows the first unit, an early production model captured by allied forces. To their dismay, the allies discovered that it was an excellent gun platform, superior to any allied tank currently fielded. It now resides in Aberdeen Proving grounds museum.

Das Reich Tiger Das Reich Tiger defending Kharkov from the impending Russian onslaught, February 1943.

Tiger 224 & 223 in Normandy Tiger 223 and 224 marches on a road during the Normandy assault. This is a late Tiger with the zimmerit coating, steel wheels and the typical green/brown Normandy camouflage.

Vimoutiers Tiger This famed monument known as the Vimoutiers Tiger, sits facing west, close to the town of Vimoutiers, France. It was blown up by their own crew after they had ran out of fuel, shortly after the allied advance in Normandy.

Bovington Tank museum This was taken in Bovington museum. Disabled by a round from a Sherman, the shell hit exactly in the ridge below the gun mantlet and the upper hull, thereby jamming the turret. The crew bailed out and it was subsequently captured. The dent right under the gun mantlet is still visible and can be seen when zoomed in.

Galeri "German Panzer Tank"

Panzer II Panzer II - Panzerkampfwagen II
9 photos
Panzer II was designed as a stopgap while other tanks were developed, it played an important role in the early years of World War II, beginning with ...

Panzer III Panzer III - Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf. M (SdKfz 141/1)
75 photos
Panzer III was developed in the 1930s by Nazi Germany and had design on two basic types: the light and medium tank was used extensively in World War II.

Panzer IV Panzer IV - Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. G (SdKfz 161/1)
130 photos
Panzer IV was the most common German tank of World War II and was used as the base for many other fighting vehicles, such as ...

Panther Tank Panther Tank - Panzerkampfwagen V Panther Ausf. A (SdKfz 267)
100 photos
The Panther Tank served in World War II from mid-1943 to the end of the European war in 1945. With the unexpected design of the Soviet T-34, all existing German ...

King Tiger Tank King Tiger Tank - Panzerkampfwagen VI Konigstiger
141 photos
The German King Tiger Tank was introduced in early 1944 and was the most powerful tank during world war 2. With its powerful 88mm gun and an almost impenetrable front armor ...

Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Panzerkampfwagen 38(t)
6 photos
The Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) was a conventional pre-World War II tank design, with riveted armor and rear engine. It was a Czechoslovakian tank used by Germany during World War II.

Jagdpanzer IV (Panzerjager 39) Jagdpanzer IV - Panzerjager 39
18 photos
The Jagdpanzer IV was a tank destroyer based on the Panzer IV chassis built in three main variants. The Jagdpanzer IV kept the basis chassis of the ...

Jagdpanzer IV Jagdpanzer IV (with Zimmerit)
28 photos
Jagdpanzer IV was a great defensive weapon but was produced too late and in small quantity to have greater impact on the war situation ...

Jagdpanzer Hetzer Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer
19 photos
The Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer was a German tank destroyer of the World War II based on a modified pre-war Czechoslovakian Panzer 38(t) chassis. The Jagdpanzer 38(t) was ...

Jagdpanther Jagdpanther - Hunting Panther
24 photos
The Jagdpanther were produced in 1944 and 1945. They were equipped with heavy antitank battalions and served mainly on the Eastern Front, although significant numbers were ...

Sturmpanzer IV Brummbar Sturmpanzer IV Brummbar (SdKfz 166)
27 photos
The Sturmpanzer IV Brummbär was a development of the Panzer IV chassis to provide direct infantry fire support by using ...

Stug III 40 Stug III 40 - Sturmgeschutz 40 Ausf. G
22 photos
The StuG III 40 was most produced armoured fighting vehicle to be used in support of the infantry during World War II. It was built based on ...

Sturm Tiger Sturmmorser Tiger - Sturmtiger 38cm RW61 L/5.4
27 photos
The Sturmtiger or Sturmpanzer VI, was a World War II German assault gun built on the Panzer VI Tiger I chassis armed with a large naval mortar, the ...

Hummel Hummel - Geschutzwagen III/IV Hummel
18 photos
The Hummel was introduced in 1943 to provide heavy self-propelled artillery for the Panzer divisions. This vehicle was based on ...

Panzer II Wespe Wespe - Panzer II Wespe (SdKfz 124)
25 photos
The Wespe was a light self-propelled gun armed with 105mm light field howitzer and gun-shield. It was design by ...

Goliath Goliath - Leichter Sprengladungstrager Goliath
13 photos
The Goliath tracked mine is a caterpillar-tracked vehicle, approximately four feet long, two wide, and one tall. It carried 75-100 kgs of ...

German Half Track German Half Track Transport - Medium Contamination Truck
6 photos
Half-tracks were used extensively in World War II but was then replaced by fully-tracked or fully-wheeled vehicles. Half-track is a ...

German Hanomag German Hanomag - Ausf. D (Sdkfz 251/7)
20 photos
The German Hanomag (SdKfz 251/7) half-track was an armored fighting vehicle designed and first built by Nazi Germany's Hanomag company during ...

German Hanomag - Stummel German Hanomag Stummel - Ausf. D (Sdkfz 251/9)
17 photos
The German Hanomag Stummel (SdKfz 251/9) first two models were produced in small numbers. The C variant had a larger production run, but was ...

Assault Tank A7V Assault Tank A7V - Sturmpanzer-Kraftwagen
4 photos
The A7V was first used in combat on March 21, 1918. It was deployed north of the St.Quentin Canal. The A7Vs helped stop a minor British breakthrough ...

3.7 cm Antitank Gun 3.7 cm Antitank Gun - Pak. 35/36 L/45
8 photos
The 3.7 cm Antitank Gun - Pak. 35/36 was a German anti-tank gun that fired a 3.7cm calibre shell. It was developed in 1936 by ...

5 cm anti-tank gun Pak. 38 L/60 5 cm Antitank Gun - Pak. 38 L/60
5 photos
The 5 cm Antitank Gun - Pak. 38 L/60 was a German anti-tank gun that fired a 5 cm calibre shell. It was developed in 1938 by Rheinmetall. It was a successor ...

7.5 cm anti-tank gun Pak. 40 L/46 7.5 cm Antitank Gun - Pak. 40 L/46
15 photos
The 7.5 cm Pak. 40 Antitank Gun was the workhorse of the German antitank artillery force. It could knock out almost every Allied tank except the Soviet IS-2 and the...

7.5 cm Pak 40/4 on Tracked Chassis 7.5 cm Antitank Gun Pak. 40/4 L/46 on Tracked Chassis
10 photos
The 7.5 cm Pak. 40 Antitank Gun was the workhorse of the German antitank artillery force. It could knock out almost every Allied tank except the Soviet IS-2 and the...

T34 Tank T-34/76 Tank (Russian)
14 photos
The T-34 was a Soviet medium tank produced from 1941 to 1958. It is widely regarded to have been the world's best tank when the Soviet Union entered ...

Flak-88 Flak 88mm 37 L/56 Antitank Gun
8 photos
The Flak 88mm 37 L/56 Antitank Gun is an anti-aircraft artillery piece from World War II. The Flak 88mm 37 has a widespread use and capabilities ...

Sherman M4 Tank (USA) Sherman M4 Tank (USA)
21 photos
The Medium Tank M4 was the primary tank produced by the United States for its own use and the use of its Allies during World War II. Production of the M4 Medium tank ...

Galeri "German King Tiger Tank"

Thumbnail photo Porsche King Tigers enroute to Normandy. Although only fifty were produced, it was the Porsche KingTigers that created a reputation when it wreaked the most havoc during the Ardennes offensive.

Thumbnail photo Another snapshot of an early version fitted with Porsche turret.

Thumbnail photo An excellent snapshot of a Porsche turret. Notice the curved gun mantlet which acted as a shot trap by deflecting incoming shots downwards towards the roof. Also in view is the gunner's sight, a TZF 9b, binocular which was later changed to TZF 9d, monocular. The hole on the right side of the main gun is a co-axially mounted MG34.

schwere Panzer Abteilung 503 A Tiger 2 tank of the schwere Panzer Abteilung 503 (Heavy Tank Battallion) in Budapest, Hungary October 1944.

Captured by American troops From the 2.Kompanie/schwere Panzer Abteilung 506 captured by American troops. 15 December 1944.

Henschel Production Turret Henschel or production turret from schwere Panzer Abteilung 503, Feldherrnhalle in Budapest, 1945. The gunner's sight is a single monocular above the driver. Zimmerit coating is clearly visible.

Captured by Russian troops Tank 502 captured by Russian troops on the eastern front. "Glory to Korobov" is inscribed on the barrel.

Note the long 88mm Tank number 104. The powerful 88mm made the King Tiger particularly suited to open terrain. However, this also made them very vulnerable to allied aircraft.

Thumbnail picture King Tigers of the Schwere Panzer Abteilung 503. This photo shows the battalion at full strength.

Alongside American POWs Panzers tanks from the KampfGruppe Peiper during the Ardennes offensive. In the background are American POWs.

Taking cover from allied planes A Porsche turreted version taking cover from allied planes in Normandy. Allied fighter planes were a major threat to the German Panzers since the Luftwaffe were practically wiped out.

Thumbnail pics Porsche Tiger 2 tanks enroute to Normandy. Many Tigers 1 and 2 were lost during the battle at Normandy, particularly by Allied aircraft.

Thumbnail pics Zimmerit coating was applied at the Henschel factory from August to November 1944. However, this was discontinued in late November due to reports that it caused fires when hit by an armor piercing projectile. This was later found to be false but news never reached the frontlines and many late models were without zimmerit coating.

Thumbnail pics Porsche version tank number 114.

In the Ardennes Many German panzers were lost during the Ardennes offensive due to mechanical breakdowns or abandoned as they had run out of gas rather than destroyed by allied forces.

Ambush Position A Tiger 2 tank leaving its ambush position. Many were used as static defense roles as Germany was constantly on the retreat. This helped conserve fuel and minimized breakdowns on the overtaxed drive trains.

Frontal Shot of the Glacis Plate A frontal photo of the 150mm thick glacis plate of the Tiger 2. There is no evidence that the front armor has ever been penetrated during the war.

Photograph with its crew A photograph with its crew of five. The early tank crew uniform were black in color. The crew uniform was later changed to a green camouflage pattern towards the end of the war.

Applying field camouflage Crews applying field camouflage. A pattern of red brown and dark green over a yellow base was common. Beginning in February 1944, camouflage was done at the factory, and by November 1944, it was altered to a base dark green with red brown and dark yellow pattern.

Porsche Tigers Porsche King Tiger tanks during firing trials.

Henschel Tiger Henschel King Tiger. The armored track guard appears to be removed.

Captured King Tiger Russian soldiers examining the captured King Tiger 502, August 1944.

s.PzAbt. 507 King Tiger of s.PzAbt. 507, taken in March 1945.

Machinengewehr 34 Considered by many to be the world's first modern general purpose machine gun, the Machinengewehr 34 or MG34 was the primary tank and aircraft defensive weapon. Fitted on the King Tiger tanks, it had a rate of fire between 800 to 900 rpm.

Panzerfaust The Panzerfaust was the world's first expendable anti-tank weapon. There were three variants, 30, 60, and 100 indicating the maximum effective range in meters. The oversized warhead fitted to the front could penetrate up to 170 mm of armor.

Panzerschreck Panzerschreck or "tank terror" was copied from the American bazooka, but made considerably more effective to deal with future Russian tanks. It used a rocket tank rifle round and could penetrate over 200mm of armor, capable of dealing with any tank during the war.


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