Nibelung wrote:There were no such things as penal panzer regiments. Sven Hassels books are works of fiction and no real history.
The real panzer regiment 27 was a part of the 19. Panzer Division.
Miha / Nibelung
Kurz Patrone wrote:Do you mean Sajer as in "the forgotten soldier" Guy Sajer, Christoph?
Anyway, whatever you say,
you didn't bother to ID the vehicles to help with a constructive conversation, and perhaps prove beyond shadow of a doubt that the man is a liar.
What are your opinions based on, hearsay?
Did the characters really exist?
Sven Hassel has repeatedly insisted that all of his characters existed. He has even put some pictures of them on the web. (You can decide if these are genuine or not.) Most of his comrades died in the war but he has revealed that Tiny and The Legionnaire survived and joined/re-joined the Foreign Legion, Heide is supposed to have become a general in the East German army (!) and Gregor is said to have become a very rich businessman in partnership with an American sergeant. Well, I don't know, but it's a nice story.
emeny wrote:Sorry Christoph and Christian about mixing up your names.
Thanks for at least showing some interest.
I was more interested in getting a certified unit id on the tiger in the Ardennes, 233.
I know that's a very common picture, i have seen a large clear version at other sites, but not in a format i can legally save and re-post here.
That way, it may be possible to get a list of the crew names at various times of the vehicles service, vehicle history, etc.
Also, if anyone had better quality versions of the images of the panther tanks, or could possibly unit id the "skoda" with the 701 plate on it, and the picture there of "Sven" sitting on the captured French tank.
Distinguishing a Hotchkiss H-35 or 39 from a panzer II is no real problem for me, I know the captions are flawed - i am not trying to say that they aren't.
Since this is one of the premier english forums for discussion of factual ww2 information...
The fact remains that of all the authors who have written on WW2, Sven Hassel has reached a wider audience.
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