Artillery through the ages; a short illustrated history of by Albert Manucy

By Albert Manucy

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Further east, 2nd Company’s 3rd Platoon deployed three of its four Tiger IIs and the battalion’s antiaircraft platoon at Schneidemühl. With one Tiger II soon succumbing to mechanical problems, the remaining vehicles moved to the eastern edge of town at Bromberger. Soviet artillery steadily shelled the surrounding area from the nearby Schneidemühl Forest as the two Tiger IIs established “hull down” positions behind a protective railway embankment. Leaving the immobilized tank to fight in the forthcoming siege of Schneidemühl, what was left of 2nd Company’s 3rd Platoon was ordered to return to the west to help defend Küstrin.

Com A US Army collection point showcasing a variety of weapons including an IS-2 barrel and mantlet (with damage around the TSh-17 telescope’s viewport), and BR471 antitank round. 5in rocket launchers (“Super Bazookas”), several 88mm guns, and what looks to be a 37mm FlaK 43 antiaircraft gun. (DML) 45 Majors from 88th Guards Heavy Tank Regiment stand with their commanding officer (Mzhachih, third from left) near Küstrin in early spring 1945. The IS-2 pictured was one of only two that remained following heavy losses incurred since starting from the Vistula River.

When war broke out with Poland, SS-Obersturmführer Herzig was the ordnance officer for SS Artillery Regiment SS-VT. On October 1, 1940 he was made commander of 3rd Company, 5th SS Motorcycle Reconnaissance Battalion, as part of Nordische Division (Nr. ) Wiking after December 21, 1940, when Steiner merged SS-VT Regiment Germania with the Flemish and Dutch volunteers of Westland and the Norwegians, Swedes, and Danes of Nordland). Following staff work with Das Reich’s 2nd Regiment throughout 1942, Herzig, now an SS-Hauptsturmführer, was given command of the division’s 8th (Heavy) Company of Tiger Is.

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