Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf. B was the official designation for the Jagdtiger Heavy tank destroyer. Ordinance number Sd. Kfz. 186 was a lengthened Tiger II chassis with a 128mm PaK 80 mounted in a casemate (fully attached/non-moving) turret, with armor up to 250mm thick (front of casemate). This style of tank production allowed for bigger guns and ease of production, but was somewhat of a hassle for the six man crew as the gun could only turn so much to the sides before they would be required to turn the whole tank (10 degrees Left or Right). Production began in July of 44', with the first combat units being equipped in September of that year. They were issued to only two different units, one was the 653rd Schwere Panzerjager Battalion, receivin…Read more >
The following incident occurred during the German offensive in the Battle of the Bulge, 1944.
It is not surprising that the enemy detected in the westerly battles a scarcity of American infantry greivous enough to warrant a surrender demand. About noon on December 22, four Germans under a flag of truce entered the lines of Company F of the 327th. A major, a captain, and two enlisted men, they described themselves as 'parlementaires'. The commander of the 327th could not immediately be found, so it was the regimental operations officer who received from the Germans a written note from 'The German Commander', which he delivered to division heaquarters. The note reffered to the progress of German spearheads farther west towards the Meuse as ev…Read more >