Here are some of the many tanks that are to be viewed at the museum.
Pzkw IV F2 in desert colors. Note the small holes above the sign. These are penetrations of the glacial plates by an antitank rifle.
But that's not all the damage this tank has sustained.
This is a penetration caused by a 76mm antitank round. This round ripped off one of the bogies and then penetrated into the fighting compartment.
Next up is a Pzkw III N. This tank is armed with a short 75mm cannon (KwK75L24)
Originally designed with a 37mm main gun as the main Battletank of the Germans, but as the war progressed it was upgunned and uparmoured to deal with the new threats it faced. However, the design could only be enlarged so much, and thus the PzkwIV took over as MBT. The Version N was the last of the PzkwIII's to be produced.
This is a Pzkw 38t of the German Wehrmacht. It was designed by the Skoda works in Prague. When Germany annexed Czechoslovakia, many of these tanks fell into their hands and were used extensively by them. The Pzkw38t chassis was so good that it was used in many other German tanks and armored vehicles till the end of the war such as the
Marder III Panzerjaeger of 1943 and the
Hetzer Jagdpanzer of 1944. The Hetzer was one of the last German tank designs to see operational service. Although this is not an original Hetzer, but a Swiss G-13 (the Hetzer did not have a muzzlebreak). The Swiss built several of these tanks and used them till the 1970's.
Here another Hetzer (an original) at Sinsheim.
This is a Stug III G. This assault gun is based on the Pzkw III chassis and carries a 75mm cannon (KwK 75L43)
This is a derivative of the Stug III, a StuH42. Stug stands for Sturmgeschuetz, where as StuH stands for Sturm Haubitze. The 42 is the year it was introduced. It is armed with a 105mm canon (KwH105L28)
This beauty... no,I mean the TANK ;-) ... is a PzkwV Panther. Probably the best tank of the second world war, as it combined firepower, armor and speed in a lethal packet. Armed with a long 75mm (KwK75L70), it could penetrate all but the heaviest enemy tanks at ranges of up to 1500m. This is a Ausfuerung A, distinguable by the Driverflap and the rounded gunshield.
Here it is from behind.
This is the Jagdpanzer version of the Panther tank. The turret has been deleted and a static structure put in it's place. This was done to enable the increase of the frontal armor and the mounting of a more powerful gun. The Jagdpanther is armed with the dreaded 88mm cannon. (KwK 88L71). Note the heavy damage to the gunshield.
Not strictly a tank, the Hummel is a lightly armored self-propelled Howitzer. Designed to enable artillery support to be closer to the frontlines and to be able to move with the Panzerdivisions. It carries a 150mm cannon and is based on a stretched Pzkw III chassis. The little tracked vehicle in front is a Goliath remote controlled bomb.