By P.R. Reid
The Germans idea get away used to be very unlikely. those males proved them mistaken. Colditz fort, positioned close to Leipzig Germany, was once the final cease for opt for Allied prisoners in the course of global conflict II. It was once the following, a reportedly impregnable castle, that the Germans despatched the entire prisoners who escaped from different prisons. as soon as in the partitions, the Germans reasoned, escaping used to be very unlikely. but in the course of the four-year interval whilst the fort used to be used as a jail, over 300 males escaped, thirty-one via Nazi Germany. Prisoners from ten assorted Allied nations labored jointly to shape a really overseas get away academy. They created skeleton keys, cast German passes, drafted maps, and built every kind of instruments and equipment out of no matter what they can locate.
The ingenuity of the prisoners knew no bounds: they attempted every thing from tunneling beneath the castle's partitions to hiding within the rubbish to disguising themselves as German officials. They even outfitted a glider, which they by no means used. Resourcefulness and difficult paintings received some of them their freedom.
Author and previous British military officer, P.R. Reid, was once one of many males who escaped from Colditz and made it domestic to inform the tale.
This version, brought into the Zenith army vintage sequence, introduces this exciting WWII tale to a brand new iteration of readers. 4 appendices on the finish of booklet offer an entire directory of prisoners and employees, all the tried escapes, the key code used to speak among prisoners and the surface international, and extra.
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Gun mantlet 15. Semi-circular rain guard protecting gun-sight mantlet aperture 16. Main armament compensator 17. Gun cradle 18. TFZ 12a monocular telescopic gun sight 19. Sighting vane 20. Mounting ring for anti-aircraft machine gun 21. Armoured periscope on commander's cupola 22. Hatch in commander's cupola 23. Rod antenna 24. Commander's cupola 25. Turret traversing gear 26. Elevator hand-wheel 27. Commander's headset 28. 5cm gun 29. Cylindrical external casing for main armament cleaning kit 30.
The shape of the driver's periscope on the front left hull roof distinguishes this vehicle from late Model G tanks that featured a larger periscope. (The Tank Museum, 2902/D2) LEFT This Panther is identified as a late Model G tank, completed after August 1944, by the distinctive chin added to the mantlet to prevent incoming rounds being deflected down onto the thin hull roof armour. Note the hooks on the turret sides onto which the crew could mount spare track sections. 5cm gun. (The Tank Museum, 2390/F2) tactical identification number, 312, in large monochrome White (RAL 9002) on the tank's turret sides.
However, by 1944-45, new threats had emerged - notably the Soviet Josef Stalin and the American Pershing heavy tanks, plus the 17-pounder anti-tank gun - that proved capable of penetrating the Panther frontally at 1500m. The side and rear armour of the Panther, however, remained much more vulnerable, with most Allied tanks being able to penetrate these plates at ranges of 1500m or more. Significantly, with the exception of the JS and Pershing tanks, throughout its operational career, the Panther always proved capable of knocking out opposing tanks at ranges at which the latter were incapable of penetrating the Panther.