Thursday, May 26, 2011

Panzer IV (part 2)

The first model of Panzer IV to have the new long 75mm gun was the ausf. F2. Besides the new addition of the long gun, the F2 differed from all previous models except the F1 by having a front plate that extended the full width of the hull front. Next came the G and H models which were fitted with the Side skirting armor was added for the protection of the chassis and turret. The last model, the H, last saw service as an anti-tank weapon. Overall, the 'IV was the best tank built for the Germans during World War II, as it was reliable, powerful, and easy to produce. The Panzerkampfwagen IV was in service from the beginning of the war until its end, serving wherever the German army went.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Panzers: Panzer IV pt. I

In 1934, Germany ordered some of its most prominent vehicle designers to make their prototypes for a medium support tank armed with a 75mm howitzer. The winner of this competition was Krupp, whose vehicle after a few experimental models was put into production as the Panzer IV ausf. B. These were to serve with distinction in the Polish, French and Desert campaigns, along with the Ausf. C and other short barreled models. The short-barreled models seemed just the thing for combat, and yet when they were put into action in the western desert, and particularly Russia, it was discovered that their armament was to small. So, Germany was forced to start work on a new Panzer IV with a longer gun. 


Friday, May 13, 2011

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts

The The Ancient and Honorable Artillery co. of Massachusetts are a military fraternity society formed in 1638. One of the first colonial Militias, they were first referred to as "Artillery" in 1690, and were called "Ancient and Honorable" in 1737. In 1746, they transferred from Province house to Faneuil Hall, their headquarters ever since, with a few exceptions for when the Hall was being enlarged or restored. A member of the Company read out the Declaration of Independence for the first time from the balcony of the Old State House, and the Ancients served valiantly in the Revolution. Unfortunately, when the militia system was effectively abolished, the Company was not included in the newly formed National Guard. In more recent history, the Ancients (of which John F. Kennedy was a member) bought two bombers in the Second World War to serve in Europe. The Ancients are still around and have a lovely museum in Boston's Faneuil Hall( no, there are not two Faneuil halls, at least to my knowledge), which is highly recommended.