From Imgur user HoovesOfDerp. VERY picture heavy, more than 100 pictures.
Little note (Hooves): I apologize for the poor lighting and blurriness of the first photos, the first area of the museum was somewhat dark and the sun was coming in through the windows very brightly, so it was difficult to get good shots. I did not photograph everything in the museum, as both my main and spare battery ran out after capturing so many tanks, artillery pieces, armored vehicles, and displays. The museum is HUGE, I thought I could spend an 1 – 2 hours and be finished, and it wound up taking me a total of 5 hours to walk through the entire museum and feel satisfied. It’s COMPLETELY, 9,001% worth going to if you’re ever in or around Germany.
An armored car used as a police special-purpose-vehicle. Armed with two 7.92mm machine guns.
3.7cm Pak (t) L/47 Gun
This was a captured Czechoslovakian gun used both as an anti-tank gun and as the main armament of the Pz.35 (t) & Pz.38 (t)
Damage on the Pz.38 (t)
Machine gun bounces & penetrations on the port-side fuel tank. Guessing from the side and vertical angles of the bullet hits, I think it was from an aircraft.
3.7cm Pak 35/36 t/45 Gun
A German 3.7cm Pak, used as an anti-tank gun until 1941, when the KV heavy tanks showed up. Nicknamed “PanzerAnklopKanone” (literally “Army door-knocking device”).
The most produced German tank of WWII, making up 28% of all German battle tanks from 1939-1945. A total 8,635 were built (all variants).
Pz.VI Tiger Scale
When standing up, my head was very close to touching touching the barrel of the 8.8cm main gun. The Tiger is a bit shorter than I imagined!
Schwerer Ladungsträger B IV
A remote-controlled vehicle that could deliver half a ton of explosives to a target. The driver would manually control it from inside, get out at the last available cover, and then radio-control it to the target. After arriving to the target, the vehicle would release the charge and be steered via radio away from the danger zone.
One of the first fully unmanned vehicles in military history, the Goliath was a vehicle that could carry 75kg of explosives up to 1.5km. Out of the total of 7,244 produced, 6,324 remained after WWII.
3 bounces, 1 penetration. There was a display in front of the Jagdpanther showing the 3 shells that hit it. If memory serves, 2 were 76mm AP (the bottom left & middle bounces), one was HE (bottom right), and the final shot was a APCR shell (top left).
Note the shell display & Jagdpanther model explaining where the shells hit the Jagdpanther.
Brummbär, or Sturmpanzer IV
“Brummbär” literally means “Grouch” in German. It has a 150mm howitzer (designed for ‘soft’ targets) and reminds me of a cereal box for some reason.
Technical name is the “10.5-cm-leFH 18.2 auf GW. II (Sf)”. I’ll just stick with Wespe (“wasp” in German).
Technical name is the “15-cm-sFH 18/1 auf GW III/IV (Sf)”. “Hummel” means “bumblebee” in German.
This self-propelled gun was pretty big, and the barrel of the gun was so long I couldn’t get it in the frame!
That gun is a 38cm diameter gun, firing up a rocket-propelled shell to 5.7km! It only carried 14 of these HUGE rounds, and only 18 Sturmtigers were built.
Diagram of the interior of the Sturmtiger.
A picture of a picture. That would be the shell stowage and the breach of the 380mm gun. Is that a crane above the loading mechanism?
Standing on the tips of my toes and holding my arms up as high as I can, I can just barely photograph the breach of the 380mm gun.
Took this while doing a light jump, trying to see more of the 380mm breach through the rear hatch.
Radio operator/machine gunner’s seat & hatch. Note how the compartment separating them from the turret.
Königstiger (aka ‘King Tiger’, ‘Royal Tiger’, ‘Tiger II’)
“Königstiger” doesn’t actually mean “King Tiger” or “Royal Tiger”, it means “Bengal Tiger” in German. This tank was HUGE, I knew it was going to be large but the thing was still impressive in size.
Zoom in to the base of the gun, and note how the screws are attached to each other by wire. This is to prevent them from becoming unscrewed easily.
A sense of scale for the thickness of the upper-frontal plate. The armor on this tank is nothing short of ludicrous.
A Sense of Scale – Königstiger
I’m 5ft 11in, and the Pz.VII Königstiger TOWERS above me. It’s a very impressive tank in it’s gun, armor, and size.
Wondering about the dude throwing a rock and the crushed bicycle under it’s tracks? T-34/85s were used in 1953 to suppress the East German Uprising.
M47 Patton’s track interior
Some detail on the tracks of the M47 Patton. Note how the insides are rubber-coated.
A cutaway of the M48 Patton II’s turret
Looking towards the rear of the turret at the ammunition stowage.
A cutaway of the M48 Patton II’s turret
Looking at the area above the gun breech. The open area in the top-right corner is the cupola.
Spz kurz Hotchkiss Typ 91-2
This one is fitted with radar for battlefield surveillance, although most had a turret. The radar enabled it to monitor a radius of up to 18km.
Spz kurz Hotchkiss Typ 91-2 Turret
I don’t think anyone could possibly fit inside this turret. Perhaps it’s remote controlled?
This armored vehicle had 2 drivers, one in the front and one in the back so it could go either direction at equal speeds. It had propellers to make it amphibious as well. Also a top speed of 90km/h.
Marder 1A3 20mm Main gun cutaway
Gunner’s seat in the foreground and the cupola in the top background.
BMP-1 A1 Ost
The bundeswehr used the BMP-1 for a short time after the reunification of Germany. It was replaced by the Marder IFV.
Originally a project to design a tank of the future. This tank was designed to protect it’s crew from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. All 3 crew members were located inside the turret. The tank has a 152mm XM-150 L/43.5 main gun.
The bulldozer on the front was to allow the tank do dig in and form it’s own hull-down position. It could do this within 30 minutes.
Leopard 2 A4 practice shell
A practice shell used to train the loader of a Leopard 2 A4. It was surprisingly light for it’s size (19kg).
Leopard 1 Turret
There was a rather unique exhibit outside where you could climb into the turret of a Leopard 1. Here’s the view from the loader’s hatch.
Leopard 1 Turret Interior
Looking behind the breech of the main gun towards the commander/gunner’s seat & the rear of the turret.
Leopard 1 Turret Interior
Looking from the rear of the turret towards the front. It was a very roomy turret. Sorry about my shirt getting in the photo.
Waffenträger Wiesel 1
Was an armored vehicle designed to be carried and deployed by transport helicopters or transport aircraft.
Flugabwehrpanzer Gepard B2L
AKA the Gepard. At this point both my primary and spare battery for my camera died and my photographing came to an end.