Sunday, March 20, 2011


Hans-Karl Asmus Werner Freiherr von Esebeck (10 July 1892 – 5 January 1955) was a German General who commanded the 15th Panzer Division in the AfrikaKorps. He was also a conspirator against Adolf Hitler.

Von Esebeck had knowledge of and was sympathetic to the anti-Hitler conspiracy. He was arrested on 21 July 1944 and spent the rest of the war in concentration camps. Liberated at the end of the war he lived the rest of his life in poverty and died on 5 January 1955.

DAK TODAY - Diorama DAK Soldier - 1941 Libia

Diorama di Mauro G. di Paullo - SOURCE: ACTIONSOLDIER

Thursday, March 17, 2011

VIDEO - ARMORTEK - DAK Sd.Kfz. 222 1/6th Scale Armoured Car

Armortek "All Metal" 1/6th Scale Sd.Kfz.222 Armoured Car from WWII.

Model build over a period of about 10 weeks. Over 70 hours were spent painting the final DAK scheme to depict a vehicle which would have been well used in North Africa. Armortek are a UK based Company supplying probably the best 1/6th scale radio control models on the market today.

Monday, March 14, 2011


He was a Rommel's Artillery Group Commander and was in charge of several divisions during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Karl Böttcher was captured by the Western Allies in 1945 and was held until 1947.
  • Born: 25.10.1889 in Thorn, West Prussia
  • Died: 9.2.1975 in Bad Wimpfen

    DAK GUNS - 105mm leFH 18

    A SdKfz11 halftrack towing a leFH18 105mm gun

    The 105MM (4.13in) leFH18 (leichte FeldHaubitze "light field howitzer") was the standard German divisional field-piece used throughout the World War II; it was designed by Rheinmetall in 1929/30 and went into service in 1935. A good, sound, orthodox design, it used a split trail with folding spades and a hydro-pneumatic recoil system split above and below the barrel, but retained a wooden or pressed-steel wheels and was mostly horse-drawn for all its life. However it was so solidly put together that it was rather heavy, and unable to be as mobile as the army would have liked. Although augmented by improved models in 1939/45, it remained in use and was kept in service by several European armies for some years after the war ended.

    Calibre:105mm (4.13in)
    Weight in action:1985Kg (4376lb)
    Gun lenght:24.8 calibre: 2.61m (102.7in)
    Elevation:-6.5º to +40.5º
    Shell type & weight:HE (High Explosive); 14.81Kg (32.65lb)
    Muzzle velocity:470m/sec (1542ft/sec
    Maximum range:10675m (11.675yds)

    "It had a heavy, simple breech mechanism with a hydro-pneumatic recoil system. The 10.5 cm leFH 18 had wood-spoked or pressed steel wheels. The former were only suitable for horse traction. Initially, it was not fitted with a muzzle brake. In 1941 a muzzle brake was fitted to allow longer range charges to be fired. This increased the range by about 1,800 yards and was known as the leFH 18M. In March 1942 a requirement was issued for a lighter howitzer. This led to a second modification, known as the leFH 18/40. This modification consisted of mounting the barrel of an leFH 18M on the carriage for a 7.5 cm PaK 40 antitank gun. The new carriage increased the rate of fire as well as making the howitzer lighter. Additionally, a more efficient muzzle brake was added, decreasing the recoil. Ballistically, the 10.5 cm leFH 18M and the leFH 18/40 are identical."