Video Book Review: German Heavy Fighting Vehicles

We review the new book German Heavy Fighting Vehicles of the Second World War: From Tiger to E-100 by Kenneth Estes.

Wheatcroft Collection gains huge haul of WW2 German vehicle parts

According to a post at warhistoryonline.com, the Wheatcroft Collection has come across a “huge haul” of rare German tank, half-track engines and spare parts.

Maybach-HL120-5The Wheatcroft Collection in the United Kingdom is a large and important collection of historical softskin and armored military vehicles. It is one of the largest private collection of military vehicles in the world.

The collection has around 200 items, including more than 130 vehicles, of which 88 are tanks.The majority of the collection is of German, American and British origin, with a smaller number of vehicles from Norway, Japan, France, Russia and Sweden. The owner of the collection, Kevin Wheatcroft, has been collecting military vehicles for 30 years.

The collection is perhaps notable for having a number of extremely valuable and rare Second World War-era German military vehicles, including three Panther tanks, one of which is close to full restoration, one Panther II, two rare Tiger II (also known as “King Tiger”) tanks, a Tiger 1 as well as a StuG assault gun, a Panzer III, and a Panzer IV tank.The collection is also working on restoring the only surviving German E Boat.

Kevin Wheatcroft said:  ‘This is one of the most significant mechanical finds of recent times and has overnight supplied us with all the engines and gearboxes we need for our current restoration program’.

Editors note:  We find the mention of a ‘Panther II” in the Wheatcroft Collection to be rather curious.  As far as we know, the only existing Panther II is the one that was part of the Collection at the Patton Museum which is now at Fort Benning.

 

From the Editor: German “Cats” Influential?

This article was originally the very first post on the “Tank and AFV Blog” published back in November of 2012.   This is a slightly edited version.  

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Royal TigerOne thing I was thinking about lately is how many times I have read books or internet posts that describe the late war German tanks, particularly the Panther and the Tiger 2 as having a great deal of influence on post-war tank design.  The more I have thought about this, the less I agree with it.  In fact, I would argue that the Panther and Tiger 2 were pretty much developmental dead ends with few aspects of their design being adopted in post war vehicles.   These two vehicles were influential  only in the very general sense that they raised the bar in terms of what a medium or a heavy tank could weigh.  Their existence prompted the allied countries to develop heavier vehicles with the appropriate armor and firepower to match the late war German “cats”, but they did not actually borrow many design features from them.  [Read more…]