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Armor/AFV: Axis - WWII
Armor and ground forces of the Axis forces during World War II.
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Meeting a German Tiger II commander
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Vendee, France
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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 08:28 AM UTC
He must have served in a Pz Schwere Abteilung before, didn't he tell you which one? I think the only unit with KT on the eastern front was the 505th pz abt. Interesting about story about the kill rings. However there are many pictures showing those on active duty vehicles. But I find this story very likely possible. I'm not sure about the single colour dark yellow painting though. Maybe he was talking about another than tank than a KT?
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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 09:34 AM UTC

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He said that it was basic Pz yellow

Dave, Mr. Rubbel told the same: They'd got plain yellow Königstiger, either.

They did not spend much time about how or even if to camo their tanks - it simply didn't play a role.
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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2018 - 10:06 AM UTC
After some time I've managed it to start editing the raw tape.

Here you find some of the released content
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Posted: Monday, December 17, 2018 - 07:08 AM UTC

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I would say the only thing you should do is just get him to talk about his personal experiences. Never mind if he was a Tiger 2 commander, he was a Panzer leader and get his war history and impressions. It is really really great to hear this stuff.

I have to agree; back some years ago, the local CAF had a 'Gathering of Eagles' with a number of US and German pilots from WWII. One of the 'how things really worked' stories was from a pilot who'd been in KG51 during their transition to the Me 262. He commented on how the 262 didn't have a steerable nosewheel; it just castered as rudder, thrust, and brakes turned the plane, and it was possible if you weren't paying attention to brake one main wheel to a full stop and get the nosewheel to turn 90° to the plane and stop it completely... which you couldn't correct from inside the plane -- someone had to kick the nosewheel to get it to turn so that you could continue taxiing the plane. Made me wonder who that had happened to, and how many times.

Ever since then, I've had the idea for doing a little diorama of a 262 sitting on pavement with the canopy open, nosewheel turned to the side, with a pilot figure, one hand on the side of the fuselage, kicking the nosewheel. One day...
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Posted: Monday, December 17, 2018 - 07:13 AM UTC
I would like to know, out of all of the dangers they faced on the battlefield what scared them the most. What happened to his tank?


I just noticed this post is from 2009. oops. The new video looks interesting.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 08:24 AM UTC

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Marco: I sent you a private message.

I had the good fortune to interview a German tank commander several years ago at a model show. I have the full transcript if anyone wants a copy. Lots of technical information and other good anecdotes. He commanded Pz IIIs, Pz IVs. and Stug IIIs.

He was a tanker, not a painter...bow gunner made the sandwiches for the rest. New crews got the new stuff, the old vets had to struggle with the old equipment...
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Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 12:14 PM UTC
I've created some teasers

More to see here.

Enjoy and thanks for watching.