Monday, 17 October 2016

Mainly Tanks & Things presented by BB

This is no History Lesson just mostly a cross selection of German Tanks & Armour

i began trolling the photo galleries on line when i began to conceive of plans of filling a train on my railway layout with German Armour of all kinds. It has been a long drawn out project collecting 60 year old antique railway bogies and with the plastic kits already bought has far exceeded my planned budget.   Likewise three trains are full of Flak Guns & German Armour. In itself a real road-trip for me identifying both original Tanks then their many variants.                                                               

I still have many German Tank Riders to collect which will be well fit for my needs as all ride the rails upon my 14 foot table.                                                                                                                                        

Although the one above is a British Tank knocked out after the Normandy landings had taken place.

German Assault Guns knocked out while covering this road junction in both directions somewhere in Russia. It is a pity only the back of the road signs are on view, and not the front.on closer inspection these were abandoned but used for spares first which would account for the odd missing wheels on two of them. Or could they run on three?                                                                                             



Where ever this is,there are no happy to see you faces in the crowd,and i can see only one German with a smile for the camera. Why not see if you can spot him?                                                                                                           

A German Mk 1 Tiger Tank knocked out.

   After Poland was invaded by the Germans. I would like any information concerning this photo.
   For instance were these old Tram Lines?

This seems a funny looking narrow gauge railway pressed into service.I`m glad this photo was taken at the time,but not of course Poland the brave little country.
It would be many years after that war that Poland gained its freedom from the cold war iron fist,and it was handed freely back to its people.

                 The 20mm Flak Gun mounted upon a German Halftrack. On the barrel 10 kills!

The wheels where removed leaving the 88mm Gun on its support platform,and two metal legs were lowered to the ground which had been fixed to the Gun at either side. This made for a rather stable cross section of support for the heavy German Flak Gun which could swivel in any direction before being locked into place. Shells could be loaded and fired very quickly,with a well trained crew.

     Iron leverage bars can be seen still in place wedged into the tracks of this Nashorn Sd.Kfz.164 Self propelled 88mm Gun. One near the back wheel and another at an angle near the front wheel.So alignment of track and maintenance was still ongoing as all these guys took a relaxed break together around a campfire.  Dated January 1944

These are all set to ride the rails to somewhere.

Those guys above await the heavy Tractor  to pull out  this German 88 mm Gun from the ditch before tumbling into and onto their assigned seats. All in a days work of trying to dominate every country that had a road system in place.
That is until they hit the dirt tracks of Russia. Which soon turned into mud.   My opinion.

   Opp`s! This is what can happen from wear and tear caused by constant removal of wheels upon perhaps a daily bases. Or taking a closer look at the damaged mud guard fenders i`d say a Tank smashed its way past ,and speed off out of sight.Anyway this Gun was going nowhere in its present condition. The hand crank, and curved metal suspension plates one upon another can be clearly viewed between the front section wheels.

i wonder where these light armoured variants were going up gunned with self propelled guns probably captured Russian  Guns of which thousands along with millions of rounds of ammo fell into the ever grateful  German hands in 1941.

 Tiger 1 Tanks are fixed up maintenance wise before riding the rails elsewhere. By the amount of mud upon the tracks and wheels these  were being pulled off the line,and were not fresh from the factory producing them. My opinion!

Twenty one of the 40 Ton Railway Bogies have been collected which make up on third of the Collection. Many are 60 year old antiques. After slight conversion these carry the German Armour and give each train load a look of uniformity.   Magic!

                                  The Flak 88 mm Gun mounted on the German Half-track            

The Brits at Normandy June 1944

 The German Nashorn 88 mm Self Propelled Assault Guns A most powerful way to up gun the out of date Panzers. Often hunting  with Tiger 1 Tanks . The picture taken March 1944.

Here they both are seen after knocking out British Sherman Tanks which can be seen in the picture.
If the date April 1944, is correct this has got to be in Italy.

 The 75mm German Assault Gun. Stug These were Tank Killers often hunting alone to knock out Antitank Guns as well as Tanks.

                                            The Marder Self Propelled Guns

                               Heavy 150 mm Howitzers Railway Guns.
 The legs lowered then fixed into place avoided the railway bogies from being rolled over with the massive recoil action.

Quadruple 20mm Flak Gun mounted on a German Half Track 
                                with the Ammo trailer being towed on behind.                                                                           

Normandy 1944

This knocked out Locomotive ment that these German Tiger 1 Tanks were going nowhere fast.

Above lightly armed French Resistance fighters had helped sucure the train,and had awaited the arrival of the Americains.  The Locomotive  hit in the Cab,has had its entire boiler blown out more than likely the result of an Allied air strike?

Above the same Train while smoke still rose up upon the scene . It looks like the crew of that Tiger Tank were indeed firing from the train.                                                                                                

Below the Zvezda 20 mm Flak Gun & Crew on a converted Halk Track from Armourfast

The 12th SS Panzer Division Normandy 1944

Perhaps I`ll see you Guys Again  Thanks for Looking BB


  1. Thank you BB for this section of armaments.

    1. Hi Michal, any kind comment you wish to make is always welcome here. Thank you for your many visits and BB,fits my head well here and on Benno`s Figure Forum too. BB

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    1. Thank you Phil,
      very nice of you to visit my blog of oddities, and comment too. BB

  3. The 3 Hezters (2nd pic from top) are knocked out somewhere in russia.
    The pic with the motorbike column, it´s Prague 1939..not suprising no-one is smiling.
    The selfpropelled gun on the Train (11 pic from top) got me for a´s a Marder I (Sd.Kfz.135)
    The Flak 88 with the damaged road wheels..The Expression on the guy on the Looks like he´s just seen the damage and is about to go ballistic :-D

    1. Thank you Paul,any information added here adds well to the topic.I will add good intel under the pictures.i had thought Czechoslovakia picture myself without smiles. Thanks for your kind input, and your visit too . BB

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    3. Removed and added new comment..old one was a mess.
      The photo under the knocked out tiger, they are belgian rail cars.(belgische eisenbahn Draisinen)
      The pic is taken on the 22.05.1940 ;-)
      Eisenbahn would suggest a full guage railway tracks but they look more like tramlines

    4. And the Train with the Maquis. It might be the one at Braine. The Maquis blew up (derailed) one Train in the same area but his one looks intact..the Boiler is open, not from the result of an explosion as the clamps around the front hatch are still intact. I reckon the Train has been abandoned, maybe it´s Boiler was defect, hence the door hatch being open.
      It´s mentioned that in August 1944, sPz Abt 503 abandoned some of it´s repaired tanks just North of the Seine.
      There are more pics of the same Train from different angles with US soldiers around it.

    5. Thank you Paul, for more added information. It`s good of you to take time out from your busy day to lend a hand in this way. A big thumbs up for the Belgian railcars. Now i am so glad i included that oddity here. BB

    6. No probs :-D Here´s a link to more pics (as far as i know all the pics) of the Train at Braine, including the US soldiers .
      Apparently the Train was vandalised, possibly by the Maquis and was abandoned.The cab of the engine Looks very damaged in one photo.
      The thee tigers (with the outer wheels removed and Transport tracks added) were later burned out. One is in the samour Museum now


    7. Doh!! I see you´ve added the one with the US troops:-)

    8. Oh...and the one with the tiggers with muddy tracks. Definately being taken direct out of the field..they have thier wide combat tracks on, so more than likley being "hopped" to the next Action area (if at all possible tanks were Train transported as near to the action as possible.
      As far as I can find out the tiggers are either being loaded in France or the seems to know for sure.

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    1. Hi Russ. Thanks for looking at the updates on this spur of the moment topic. As can be seen in comments my friend and fellow member from Benno`s figure Forum,and Paul`s Blog has added some good fast information too which is a credit to him. Thanks for your comment Russ. A smiling BB