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Nice find! 2 x huge "Tiger II" and "Panzer IV" photos from Munster
Old 03-28-2018, 12:51 PM   #1
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Default Nice find! 2 x huge "Tiger II" and "Panzer IV" photos from Munster

Hello!

Recently I bought an early Bundeswehr Panzer photo lot from around 1960.
Amongst them two huge photos of a well known "Tiger II" and "Panzer IV" in unrestored condition. Probably taken around 1960.

Both tanks were captured by the Allies after the end of WWII. The Tiger II was shipped to the US and the Panzer IV to the UK.

In 1960 they were returned to the German Gouvernment and shipped to the Panzer base of Munster which was brought into service in 1958.

Once there they had been parked until 1983 when they started restoring them.
The same year the well known Panzer museum opened at Munster.

Here's a link to the handover-ceremony from the Panzer IV in 1960. It still has the Africa painting on it:

https://c8.alamy.com/compde/e0w1j5/1...ute-e0w1j5.jpg

Regards, Matthias

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Old 03-28-2018, 12:51 PM   #2
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Old 03-28-2018, 12:55 PM   #3
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This is how they look today.
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Old 03-28-2018, 02:17 PM   #4
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thx for showing the pictures
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now you cann see them at Munster tanks museum
youtube video of this tank:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPemWeDBgF0

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now you cann see them at Munster tanks museum
youtube video of this tank:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPemWeDBgF0
Great video, thanks for the link.

One question:

The restored Panzer IV "Friederike" now has the turret number "413".
When it came back to Germany in 1960 it had its original turret number "419" which is clearly visible in my photo.

Any idea why thay had changed the number from "419" to "413"?

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Old 03-28-2018, 03:15 PM   #7
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Any idea why the fenders on the restored Tiger II are different than those on the Tiger in the black and white photo?
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Any idea why the fenders on the restored Tiger II are different than those on the Tiger in the black and white photo?
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to correct a early bad restoration
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