Colorised Photos of WW2

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'German Sherman'

5.Fallschirmjäger Division captured six M4 tanks during the fighting near Wiltz, Luxembourg on 19th December 1944.

M4A3 from 5.Fallschirmjäger Division destroyed in front of "Hotel des Ardennes", Esch-sur-Sure, Luxembourg. January 1945.

The Wehrmacht captured its first Shermans in Tunisia and shipped them back to Germany for the Army Weapons Office to examine.

The greatest numbers of Sherman tanks, though, fell into German hands in France after the 1944 invasion. Many units were able to set up a captured tank unit and equip it with Shermans.

The use of this tank is documented for the 21st Panzer Division (four tanks), 25th Panzer Grenadier Division (four), the 10th SS Panzer Division "Frundsberg" (ten), Panzer Brigade 150 (ten), and the 5th Parachute Jager Division (six). There were individual tanks in many other units.
In August of 1944, the Captured Tank Company 281 established a platoon of five Sherman tanks (with 7.5 cm guns) that had been captured in Russia.
Among the German troops, the Sherman tank with the 7.5 cm gun was known as the "Sherman short" and the type with the 7.6 cm gun as the "Sherman long."
On March 31, 1945, the Panzer Company "Berka" was set up, using the tanks of the Berka Test Center. It had three Jagdpanzer 38 tanks (one of them with a recoilless gun), one Panzer IV, two Panzer III, two Sherman short and one Sherman long. When the unit was established, each of the Sherman tanks carried 50 rounds of ammunition.

At the same time, the Panzer Company "Kummersdorf" was established at the Kummersdorf Test Center, using an even greater assortment of tanks. In this company, two Sherman long tanks were used by a conditionally mobile Platoon. These were probably the last units established with captured tanks.

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German submarine U-185 (Type IXC/40) sunk on 24 August 1943 in the North Atlantic west of the Canary Islands, in position 27.00N, 37.06W, by depth charges from a Grumman Avenger (VC-13 USN/T-5), assisted by two Grumman Wildcat aircraft (VC-13 USN), from the American escort carrier USS Core.

(U-185 was a 750-tonner. She was on her third patrol when sunk. She was commanded by Kapitänleutnant August Maus)

Another Submarine U-604, was badly damaged by aircraft attacks, and was scuttled by her crew 11 August 1943 some 900 miles off Natal, in approximate position 050 S., 200 W. The crew then boarded U-185 which was standing by. Two days later, one half of U-604's crew was transferred from U-185 to U-172.

Eleven days later, 24 August, U-185 herself was sunk, by aircraft from U.S.S. Core, southwest of the Azores. She was homeward bound at the time, with half of the crew of U-604 still aboard.

"....on the bridge, Maus saw his boat sinking slowly by the stern. The air supply for blowing gave out and the list to port increased. Planes flew in again, strafing the men who were gathered around the bridge and conning tower. U-185 was still making way as she went under, sweeping her survivors into the sea.

Thirty-six men were rescued by U.S.S. Barker and transferred to U.S.S. Core. Nine of these were U-604 men. Of the 27 others – crew members of U-185 – 4 died at sea after rescue, of chlorine gas poisoning.

(Colourised by Royston Leonard from the UK)
 
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