The Combat History of German Heavy Anti-Tank Unit 653: in World War II
Hundreds of photos, many never published before, of Germany's rarely seen tank destroyers, including the Ferdinand, Elephant, and Jagdtiger. Color illustrations focus on unit markings, numbering, and camouflage. Accompanying text chronicles the unit's combat operations plus there are personal accounts from the men who rode in these mechanical monsters.
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Overhaul of the Ferdinande at St Valentin Austria January to March 1944
Operations in the Soviet Union 2 and 3 schwere PanzerjägerAbteilung 653 April
Training Reorganization and Operations of schwere PanzerjägerAbteilung 653 with
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1./SturmgeschützAbteilung 197 3./schwere PanzerjägerAbteilung 653 Abteilung 653 ammunition antitank April Armored Forces Army arrived artillery fire assault guns assembly area attack August battalion battery Briansk bridgehead chassis number combat Company/schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 653 crew damage December Departed destroyed Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk driver Elefant Elefanten enemy tanks engine February Feldwebel Ferdinand fighting compartment Freiburg Military Archives front Gefreiter German gun commander Haberland halftrack Hauptmann Headquarters Company Headquarters Company/schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung heavy Heeresgruppe InfanterieDivision infantry Jagdtiger January July June Kampfgruppe kilometers Knight’s Cross Leutnant loaded aboard main gun Maintenance Company March meters moved Nibelungen night Nikopol November Oberfeldwebel Oberleutnant occupied October Operation Zitadelle Orel Overhaul Panzer Panzer III Panzer IV Panzerjäger photograph Platoon Pölten Porsche positions Radio duty radio operator rail loading received recovery regiment Repair road Russian Saporoshye schwere PanzerjägerAbteilung 653 schweres PanzerjägerRegiment 656 Sd.Kfz SECRET COMMAND MATTER September 1941 Soviet SturmgeschützAbteilung 197 Sturmpanzer tank destroyer train transport Unteroffizier vehicle weather withdrawal wounded