Remodeled the captured

The mere sight of a tank gives us a heavy feeling and the tight scenario of a war. A tank is usually deployed in a war for mass destruction with the massive power of its canon. The tanks can cross almost any barriers on the war-front. A regular tank has a vertically moveable canon as its charging equipment. A varied version of this is the flame tank which has a flamethrower in the place of the canon for breaching into large settlements or army confinements.

Of particular fame was the Flam Panzer of the German force, about which you can learn the facts here now in this post.

 

Remodeled the captured

The Germans had actually captured these 24 Char B1bis tanks from the French Army. The tanks were modified by replacing the 75mm cannon with a flame spray tube. For adding mobility to the tank, a traversable turret was installed on a platform built in the place where the canon was supported. The aim of this remodeling was to fight for the Operation Barbarossa.

 

The fuel for producing the flame was placed internally. Multiple versions of these tanks were made, each with improvements. For example, the transverse turret was introduced in the second version and the third version had flamethrowers with ranges up to 40-45 meters. The fuel was propelled by a pump driven by a J-10 engine with the spray-tube fitted into a ball mount. While the second version had a slit on the flamethrower-operator, the third version had a driver’s visor 50. The fuel tank was placed at the rear end of the next version.

 

The 32-ton Panzers were supplied to different units of the Army active across various frontiers in the East, west and other smaller zones. In the year 1944, these tanks received yet another major makeover. Hitler wished to increase their range further and to make them bigger, heavier and more destructive. The flamethrowers developed for this had ranged between 120 and 140 meters, leading to the birth of the Tiger series.

 

The Flam Panzer played a major role in the unsung heroism of the 44th Infantry division of the American-German war along the Vosges Mountains.  Countering the power of the German Tigers and Panzers with the strength of the artillery strength and experience has been one of the most notable successes of the US Army’s division. The above picture is that of one such Flam Panzer which caused chills among the fighting officers.

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Honors Vosges: Oct - Dec 1944 Nordwind
During the greatest war of all times, the distinguished service record and accomplishments serve ample proof of the Division’s combat abilities, one, one of America’s finest.The 44th Infantry Division of the United States Army National Guard remained active during the period from 1920 to 1945 before getting dispersed following the World War II. A second form of the division was inactivated during the Korean War. It was constituted under the National Defense Act.

 

After participating in the First World War in 1940 and the subsequent training, a regimental team of the division was sent to the Eastern Defense Command for defending the Eastern Coast. The remaining division was reorganized as the 44th Infantry Division in Los Angeles in the year 1942.

The next assignment of the division is under consideration here as this feature is a full review of the Division’s progress in the defense of the West Coast. These heroic battles occurred while serving the Western Defense Command starting from the late 1941 and extending up to 1944. When the division was sent to France, it was assigned critical duties. Several strategic passes along the Vosges Mountains were under constant threatening from Germany and the Division underwent rigorous training for one month prior to the duty.

The division entered France through Cherbourg and joined the Seventh Army at the mountains. The soldiers were at the receiving end on the 6th day when the heavily armed German troops attacked them. The Division was ordered to defend the attack and then progressed to Dossenheim by breaking through one of the passes. Strasbourg was relieved in the attack and then entered the Ensemble de Bitche in the Maginot Line. After a fierce round of attack, the strong Fort of Simserhof was conquered and further defended the Blies River crossing by the enemy sides.

Savage battle followed savage battle as the 44th dislodged a desperate and  skillful foe from positions which gave him every natural advantage.

There would be no ‘Bulge at Bitche’.  The 44th held against the all-out attack of 3 German divisions including the elite 17 SS Panzer Grenadier Div.

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