From the Vault: Peiper on WW2 Tanks

While surfing the CARL (Combined Arms Research Library) Digital Library, we came across a document labeled War experiences of commanders of German Panzer units.  The document is from 1953 and contains accounts by General Sepp Dietrich and Colonel Joachim Peiper, Commander of the First SS Panzer Regiment, First SS Panzer Division, and their involvement in World War II, between 1939 and 1945. The account was written by them for the trial judge advocate while they were awaiting trial for the Malmedy Massacre.  The section written by Dietrich is fairly short and only deals with the large scale strategic situation.  Peiper’s section is longer and deals with specific weapons systems and tactics.    The entire paper can be downloaded as a PDF here.  We have posted below the two pages of material from Peiper that may be of interest to AFV enthusiasts.

Probably the most surprising thing in these two pages is his statement that while  he the considered the Stug III and Jagdpanzer IV good vehicles, he judged the US M10 as superior.  He also seems to hold both the JagdPanther and JagdTiger in low regard.

To anyone that downloads and reads the full PDF, please keep in mind that these two men were part of a criminal organization (the SS) and were guilty of war crimes for with they served jail time.  Their descriptions of the war are rather self serving and their racist world view comes through clearly, especially when describing their Soviet adversaries.  Consider this the closest that Tank and AFV News will ever come to issuing a “trigger warning.”

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Christopher Foss at SOFEX 2016

Over the past week IHS Jane’s has posted a number of videos featuring reporter Christopher Foss at SOFEX 2016.  Below are the videos that feature AFVs. Unfortunately, the sound quality of some of these clips is not as good as usual for this type of video.






Photo of the Day: M3 Lee meets Rosie the Riveter

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From the Vault: Tank Development at GM in WW2


This video is essentially a PR piece for General Motors but it does have some nice footage of M5 light tanks and other vehicles running around at a proving ground.  One thing worth noting is that the model vehicles built for testing suspension designs shown in the video would appear to have nothing to do with the M5 light tanks shown later in the video.  The models shown appears to simulate individually sprung road wheels, unlike the volute spring system on an M5.  Our best guess is that this model is part of the early design work for the program eventually leading up to the M18 Hellcat tank destroyer, which was built by Buick.

Here is the model from the video:

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Here is the T49 gun motor carriage:


Tank Chats #21 Mark V

Another episode of Tank Chats staring David Fletcher.  This one looks at the WW1 era British Mark V.



Photo of the Day: LAV versus car

We don’t have any details concerning this picture, but let it be a reminder to everyone to drive carefully when AFVs are on the road.

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Video: Soviet Army T-62 (two parts)

The youtube channel “yolkhere” recently posted these two videos of Soviet Army T-62 tanks.  These videos are montages of old footage from the era when the T-62 was a front-line tank in Soviet service. The background music is not much to our taste but the footage is fun to watch.