Allied-Axis #11: The Photo Journal of WW2: 15cm Schwere by Patrick Stansell

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By Patrick Stansell

Ninety six pages. a hundred b/w pictures. 15cm Schwere PanzerHaubitze Hummel, Allied Crawler Tractors, Wartime Sherman versions: DD, Dozer, M32, shipment service Weasel, German bikes on the entrance.

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The spec~aJ molonzed training of the Kradschutzen stressed profiCiency In dnvlng In low light srtuations, with varying loads In the Sidecars. in bad weather conditions (frost. snow. ice). as well as over difficult temlln. Conlesls and exhlbrtlons wefe also encouraged to allow mdlvldual nders to demonstrate their prowess With their machines A motonzed element of the pioneer troops was also formed ca~led the " KradSChul2e~sleg · they trained for the creation and elimmatlon 01 road blocks. bUilding aUlollary bridges.

LltOU :-011 '(\ \ 1Io,IYfI .... \lIlIMIlI (NAHAl tartlng In 1928, the Relchwehr began training with pnvate motorcycle clubs for the execution of a vanety of Independent tasks, much in the same manner as the Irndltlonal cavalry The use 01 pnvate clubs was necessary as the Treaty 01 Versailles forbade molonzed combat troops These groups proVided extensive pr

Each KtadschulZenkompanle was also aSSigned a light cross-country car and a repair truck The typICal complement of motorcycles was 54 sidecar comblnallons and five single motorcycles nle major tasks of lIle Kradschutzen were moppmg-up for the lollowlng troops and employment as an advance guard, surpose rald-hke attacks agamst an opponents flanks and rear. lIssance units they served as a motonzed Infantry umt or as an Inlantry component In cleanng-up operatIOns Their training stressed not only the spetlalaed nature of their roles as moblle troops.

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