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Now & Then.. Ardennes Iconic Image Journey..

Article about: Many thanks for your time and effort Luckystrike , this is an awesome thread many injoyable times , cheers Raymond

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    Amazing thread,thanks alot

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    In addition to Luckystrike I add some pictures I made on this weekend driving to a militaria-market in La Gleize.
    I followed the old road via Stavelot to Trois-Ponts:



    Looking for bridges westwards



    The famous actor


    On 18. Dec. Peiper entered Stavelot


    but had no luck withe the bridge there






    A later picture with american medics in Stavelot


    His headquarter in Ferme Antoine in the middle of Stavelot and Trois-Ponts


    He tried to reach the next bridges in Trois-Ponts


    But the bridge there was destroyed to and he decided to enter the direction to
    the lovely little village La Gleize:





    You can see the tents of the militaria-market in the main-road of the village





    No longer it rests so peaceful


    It was badly damaged


    and 130 vehicles were left there












    Here on the left side of the picture you can see the Werimont-Farm where Dollingers King-Tiger 213 was left in 22. dec. 44:


    In 1945 the Americans towed him down to the little village:









    and he rests there until 1951






    when the belgian army moved him towards the museum:







    and welded its gun with a Panther-Piece from one of the famous M10 Panthers of Skorzeny





    In our days he was painted fresh after original camouflage-sheme:


    look at my OppaN in his General-Trousers


    Some Pics of the market:

    A nice little Werfer



    Lovely restored Kettenkrad


    A little NSU prewar, often requiered from the Wehrmacht


    Another Kettenkrad entering the main-road


    Just a little bit of painting, a new battery and front-tire

    a new opel-engine and perhaps ready to go

    A big Panther-Wheel


    A gun-holder out of earth




    Some WH-Rockers


    And an old belgian WH-Bike which ended its career in speedway


    Back to the roots:

    German muscle-Bikers


    And a small german civilian bike too, pressed into service



    Now and than Kübels


    Jeepnies


    German Lager with reenactors from Alsace


    Nice Cap


    German Glas-Mine


    Drinking beer and eating saucisses(Ohne Mampf kein Kampf)


    Drainage into the funny WCs



    From Peipers Headquarter in La Gleize




    he decided to make two Spähtrupps:


    to reach vers Cheneux the little bridge of Neuf-Moulin

    but the american Pak was to strong

    and to enter Stoument





    with its Sanatorium


    where he left a Wirbelwind





    and here our trip ended


    enjoy

    Greetings

    Axel
    Last edited by WeyAx; 06-21-2010 at 12:27 PM.

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    Real great stuff Weyax! Fortunate for you to be able to take the trip! And thanks for sharing with us! That was definitely a different kind of watering hole, I haven't ever seen one like it! Ron

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    Greetings again to you Axel, what a great trip you had that sale of militaria looks great, so many rare and wonderful pieces of equipment and all in its original setting.
    I love all the period pictures you've included, there are many that I've never seen before, so it has been a great treat to go through them all one by one.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to post them.
    Best Wishes
    LUCKYSTRIKE

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    The picture with the two STG 44s and the Panzerfaust, is the German soldier missing his boots? Or am i totally wrong here?

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    Yes, they are missing.
    This was a very cold and snowy winter in the Ardennes.
    The German didn't have enough boots, often only shoes for the soldiers and so they took away american boots or german boots from the dead soldiers.
    Even the civilians took away boots and other things.

    American soldiers sometimes wear german boots but normally they were afraid to do so, because they thought that they were shot in case of capture from Waffen-SS soldiers.

    Alex

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    Do we know what/who killed Panther 213?

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    ÄHM??? Do you need my glasses. I c'ant see a Panther, only a TigerII.

    Nobody killed him, he killed itsself.

    Mister Dollinger and his crew had to leave him.

    Greetings

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    Great thread!

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    Quote by hassiman View Post
    Do we know what/who killed Panther 213?
    According to the excellent ss501panzer.com, this is what happened to Tiger 213 and others on 22 December 1944.

    I've refrained from copying and pasting his text as the author discourages it but the explanation's in the fourth paragraph. The site really is worth a visit though.

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