Postwar field Testing of German Armor, by Allies, 1945
Haustenbeck Germany Date:1945, July 4 Duration:3 min 47 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Postwar Allied testing of German Armor at secret Henschel tank testing grounds (Henschel Panzerversuchsstation) in Haustenbeck, a village in the center of the Sennelager training area, West of Oesterholz and Schlangen, and East of Lager Staumühle, Germany. Seen are Valentine tank, Tiger II (AKA King Tiger, or Royal Tiger) Tank and Self-propelled Gun mounted on Valentine chassis tank. The Royal Tiger Tank with broken gun barrel moves on the ground and breaks through a grove of small trees. Seventy-six mm antitank gun mounted on Valentine chassis firing shells at the hulk of an original Tiger Tank. (Note: These tests could provide data affecting future Allied tank designs.They were organized by Major-General Sir Percy Cleghorn Stanley Hobart, a renowned pioneer in motorized mobile warfare. Paradoxically, his ideas influenced German tank development and tactics before World War 2. Also present was Dr. Arnold from the Henschel and Sons Company that manufactured tanks at its Mittelfeld Works.)
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