Thanks to Gappa for this one. Hello everyone, remember how I wrote the post about the doom of the Tiger II tanks in southern Bohemia in May 1945? Consider this an… addition of sorts. Gappa sent me a couple of pictures, showing some interesting vehicles from the last days of war on the territory of Czechoslovakia, southern Bohemia specifically. This is a Bergepanther with 37mm FlaK on it, unique field conversion. It arrived in the town of Jindřichův Hradec (German name: Neuhaus) on 5.5.1945. SS-Oberführer Bartl was negotiating safe passage of his units to the west (in order to surrender to the Americans) with local resistance members. This vehicle was guarding the building where the negotiations took place. He declared martial law in the town and ordered the local authorities to enforce it. In the end, the Waffen SS troops opened fire on the civilians in the town, killing 5 and forcing their way through. Another (known) photo of the same vehicle This is a US Army M5A1 Stuart, photographed in front of the chateau in Lnáře. Notice the twin gun mount on the top of it. According to the author of the photo, this was a twin (Zwilling) mount of German 20mm MG-151 autocannons. Speaking of the Germans, trying to surrender to the Americans – from the previous article, you might remember the part where the Germans tried to push west, through Třeboň to get to the American lines. Some made it, some did not. The following photos show the Königstiger of the Feldherrnhalle heavy tank Abteilung commander, Captain Nordewin Von Diest-Körber. While trying to bypass an obstacle on one of the local roads, the tank went off-road and got stuck in a boggy wet terrain – its commander not only did not know local terrain, but it was also dark when it happened. The tank, stuck in the field and abandoned, became an attraction for the locals during the first days of freedom. After the end of the war, the Soviets acquired their trophies. The following picture was taken at Veselí nad Lužnicí, where the Soviets had to use no less than three Stalinec tractors together to tow the previously immobilized Tiger II tank. Source: V.Kos – Květen 1945 v jižních Čechách

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