Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Tiger Hunger

After a rather sizeable showing of German heavy tanks at Kursk, the Red Army expected rapid re-armament of the Wehrmacht to use these new vehicles in large numbers, but reality is rather disappointing.

"To the HQ Chief of the Bryansk Front
#01092, September 27th, 1943

I report that:
  1. There were no Tiger or Panther tanks among captured enemy tanks, nor were there Ferdinand SPGs.
  2. Out of 20 captured tanks and 3 SPGs, none are combat capable, a part have burned up, others need repairs.
HQ Chief, 11th Army, Major-General Korneev
11th Army HQ Operations Department Chief, Lieutenant-Colonel Lototskiy"

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