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WW2 Tanks: KO'ed

Discussion in 'War Images' started by DeathHand, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. DeathHand

    DeathHand Let It All Bleed Out

    Thousands of military servicemen on all sides of World War Two lost their lives when the enemy took out their armored vehicles (tanks, half tracks, troop carriers, self propelled guns, etc). This thread will be mostly about tanks but will include other types of mobile armored vehicle.

    In the case of a tank being knocked by enemy fire, the crew may or may not have survived the initial impact of the explosive projectile that took out their tank. If an enemy shell hit the turret, the commander might have been killed along with his gunner. If a shell hit the front of the tank then the driver and/or the front machine gunner were likely to be killed.

    If a tank's payload of ammunition didn't explode and incinerate the crew on the spot, then any survivors would scramble to get out of the tank. Some exited their tank with their hair, uniforms, boots, etc. on fire and often burned to death on the ground as the tank beside them burned. Others, who were wounded or unscathed, would escape the tank only to be shot dead by small arms fire from enemy infantry or machine gun fire from the enemy tank/s.

    WW2 Tanks|Armor KO'ed

    Set 1.


    1.
    1-British Matilda hit by 88-mm anti-aircraft gun December 1941 Tobruk.jpg

    2.
    American M-4 tank and German Sturmgeschütz IV.jpg

    3.
    American M4A3  Sherman captured and pressed into service by the German army.jpg

    4.
    American tank M4 Sherman Iwo Jima.jpg

    5.
    American tank M4A3 Sherman Knocked out Neumarkt, Germany April 21, 1945.jpg
     
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  2. DeathHand

    DeathHand Let It All Bleed Out

    Some tank crewmen referred to tanks as 'rolling steel coffins' or just 'steel coffins'. Others called them a 'coffin for five' or a 'coffin for six', etc.

    Tanks had to deal with mines, bazookas, panzerfausts, accidents, enemy aircraft, artillery/mortar fire and breakdowns - sometimes in addition to being shot at by an enemy tank/s.

    WW2 Tanks|Armor KO'ed

    Set 2.


    1.
    Amers-Hetzers.jpg

    2.
    APC SdKfz 251.jpg

    3.
    B1 bis tank 46th BCC named Cambronne.jpg

    4.
    B1 bis tank France 1940.jpg

    5.
    Befehlspanzer III - Africa Corps.jpg
     
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  3. DeathHand

    DeathHand Let It All Bleed Out

    WW2 Tanks|Armor KO'ed

    Set 3.


    1.
    Belgorod-T34-wrecks.jpg

    2. This tank, along with 2 accompanying tanks, was taken out by the renowned German tank commander, Michael Wittmann.
    British Cromwell VIII German tank Tiger SS Hauptsturmführer Michael Wittmann.jpg

    3.
    British Infantry Tank Valentine IX Czech Republic 1945.jpg

    4.
    Canadian Churchill tanks Dieppe 19 08 1942.jpg

    5.
    Canadian_M4_Sherman_Grizzly_tank_Italy_July_1944.jpg
     
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  4. DeathHand

    DeathHand Let It All Bleed Out

    WW2 Tanks|Armor KO'ed

    Set 4.


    1.
    char b1 destroyed 1940.jpg

    2.
    Chi_Ha_medium_tank_on_Saipan_1944.jpg

    3.
    Dead US Infantrymen by M4 Sherman Santa Maria Italy 1944.jpg

    4.
    destroyed japanese tanks.jpg

    5.
    January-1942-Japanese-tanks.jpg
     
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  5. TSS

    TSS The Swedish Scumbag

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    A very interesting thread.:tu:
     
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  6. DeathHand

    DeathHand Let It All Bleed Out

    Michael Wittman was a German Waffen-SS tank commander during WW2 who soon rose to the rank of SS-Captain. He fought with the SS Panzer Regiment 1, commanding a Panzer III tank, before becoming a tank platoon leader of four Tiger I tanks.

    He is credited with 138 tank kills and 132 anti-tank gun kills and he was among several popular "Panzer Aces" but seems to have become the most widely known.

    The circumstances behind Wittmann’s death have been the subject of debate over the years. It was accepted that Trooper Joe Ekins, a British gunner in a Sherman Firefly tank of the 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry, fired the round that destroyed his tank, killing Wittmann and his crew.

    In 2005, the historian Brian Reid suggested that members of the Canadian Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment may have been responsible instead.

    WW2 Tanks|Armor KO'ed

    Set 5.


    1. The remains of Wittmann's Tiger 1 tank.
    tiger-destroyed-michael-wittmann-crew-normandy-1944.jpg

    2.
    knocked-out-Sherman-tank.jpg

    3.
    M4 Sherman Oberkirchen Germany 1945.jpg

    4.
    M4 Shermans 4th Armoured Regiment Scorpion Monte Cassino.jpg

    5.
    M4A3_76_Sherman_Tank_1st_Armored_Division_February_1945.jpg
     
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  7. DeathHand

    DeathHand Let It All Bleed Out

    WW2 Tanks|Armor KO'ed

    Set 6.


    1.
    Pz Kpfw III 10th Panzer Division Medenine Tunisia.jpg

    2.
    Soviet T-34 76 issue 1942 Eastern Front..jpg

    3.
    T-34.jpg

    4.
    ww2-destroyed-armor-1.jpg

    5.
    ww2-destroyed-armor-2.jpg
     
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  8. DeathHand

    DeathHand Let It All Bleed Out

    That's good for now...still have a load more to go through.

    WW2 Tanks|Armor KO'ed

    Set 7.


    1.
    ww2-destroyed-armor-3.jpg

    2.
    ww2-destroyed-armor-4.jpg

    3.
    ww2-destroyed-armor-5.jpg

    4.
    ww2-destroyed-armor-6.jpg

    5.
    ww2-destroyed-armor-7.jpg
     
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  9. DeathHand

    DeathHand Let It All Bleed Out

    Thanks. Always loved this WW2 shit :)
     
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  10. TSS

    TSS The Swedish Scumbag

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    Same here.
     
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  11. Equal Hater

    Equal Hater Unbannable by decree!

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    Cool shit, man.
     
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  12. msr

    msr Here pikey pikey, swallow mah cawk.

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    Russian Movie, good movie.
     
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  13. McM

    McM Krautnigger

    The days before fin-stabilized SABOTS, shaped charges in rockets and depleted uranium ammunition. They mostly needed much more shots to kill a tank back then. Germans had a good grenade for tank guns against other armored vehicles, but it was made from a wolfram (tungsten)-alloy and this stuff became very rare in Germany during the war.
    Some interesting photos!

    Found only this on my HD (I deleted almost everything some time ago)
    Russian K1 at Stalingrad

    Stalingrad,_Panzer_KW-1.jpg
     
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  14. DeathHand

    DeathHand Let It All Bleed Out

    A tanks firepower was nothing like it is today. Sometimes it'd be a PAK-50, or a Panzerkraust, or whatever that would take a tank out.

    That was a good pic that you added. The Germans either took a dozen shots at it or it was a target practice tank. Several hits penetrated the turret and hull while other just melted into the steel like ricochets.
     
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  15. McM

    McM Krautnigger

    Sometimes the old 3,7 cm PAK was still in use, called 'doorknocker' by the western allies. It caused just pockmarks on the later tanks, but could destroy optics, MG barrels, etc.
     
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  16. Liver1

    Liver1 Veteran of GG

    Great pics DeathHand, I love the way that boy at the back is looking in the hatch, imagine being able to play endless hours with a dead tank as a kid, great stuff[​IMG]
     
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  17. OneSickOne

    OneSickOne Kinky as a twisted chain

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    Great pics and topic DH.
     
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  18. McM

    McM Krautnigger

    Of course there were no wrecked tanks anymore, when I was a kid end of the '60s, would have loved it too. We had a huge, partly destroyed flak fortress in the woods for playground until they buried the whole thing under a mountain of rubble in the '70s. The place was looted thousand times before at this time, but we managed to find a skull though.
     
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  19. DxC

    DxC Sanguineous Suicide

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  20. McM

    McM Krautnigger

    Stug 3, equipped with a 'sow-head cover' on the cannon. The (now outdated) 'sow-head' had a better protection against projectiles than the normal, right angled one. More production costs though.
     
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