Last German vehicle (or vehicle type) to roll off the production lines

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Last German vehicle (or vehicle type) to roll off the production lines

Post by seungseung22 » 16 Sep 2022 13:55

Hi there,

Is there any information on the last vehicle (or vehicle type) to be produced by a German factory in 1945?

I'm pretty sure the last Tiger II's produced were the 8 King Tigers produced by the Henschel factory in April 1945, which participated in the battle of Kassel

However those were the last Tiger II's produced, and there could be a possibility that there could have been another type of tank that could've been produced after those vehicles have been produced, I know information about german tank production is hard to find in 1945, but if anyone has information on the last german tanks to be finished, please let me know in the replies

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Re: Last German vehicle (or vehicle type) to roll off the production lines

Post by ThatZenoGuy » 16 Sep 2022 14:06

Based off of production numbers it's probably likely to have been a StuG3 or Panther (maybe Hetzer?)

There's a bunch of Panther F hulls, some of which might've been the last panthers produced although finished with G turrets.

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Re: Last German vehicle (or vehicle type) to roll off the production lines

Post by spannermann » 16 Sep 2022 14:57

Hi,
The vast majority of German armour and softskin factories were still in production on the day they were overrun by allied forces, so you need to find out the dates that various factories were overrun which usually also means the date they last produced vehicles.

Example,
The MNH factory in Hannover that assembled Panthers and Jagdpanthers was captured by US troops on the 10th April 1945, but previously on the 8th April, a German Kampfgruppe took away seven functional Jagdpanthers and used them in the locailty.

This is also the factory that the British Army in May 1945 took away some functional Panthers and Jagdpanther for testing, so MNH was functional right up until 10 May 1945.

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Re: Last German vehicle (or vehicle type) to roll off the production lines

Post by spannermann » 23 Sep 2022 08:02

Hi seungseung22,
So what have you found out about this subject, is there anything you can add to your original question ?

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Re: Last German vehicle (or vehicle type) to roll off the production lines

Post by MarioL » 25 Sep 2022 20:52

Hello,

Probably the last producing factories were the ones in Berlin.
The last ten Sturmgeschütz III were picked up by the 3./H.St.Art.Brgd. 249 on 22.4.1945 at 2:00 from the Alkett factory.

The very last Panthers were finished and picked up by crews of II./Pz.Rgt.2 on 23.4.1945 from the Daimler factory in Berlin-Marienfelde. The Daimler plant was occupied on 24.4.1945 by elements of the russian 9th Mechanized Corps.

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Re: Last German vehicle (or vehicle type) to roll off the production lines

Post by brano » 26 Sep 2022 20:55

The last armored vehicles produced were the Jagdpanzer 38(t) of the companies BMM Praha (military camp in Milovice, assembly plant in Praha-Libeň and small assembly plant in Slaný) and Škoda Plzeň. The completion and delivery of these tank destroyers to the units continued until the beginning of May 1945.

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Re: Last German vehicle (or vehicle type) to roll off the production lines

Post by Denniss » 29 Sep 2022 12:47

AFAIR Nibelungenwerk completed multiple Panzer IVs for the soviets to be used as Parade showcases. They were likely transferred to Romania or Bulgaria afterwards

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Re: Last German vehicle (or vehicle type) to roll off the production lines

Post by spannermann » 03 Oct 2022 20:52

The Ni-Werke at St Valentine in Austria probably would qualify as the last tank producer, as they were almost on the pre-agreed demarcation line between US and Soviet armies.

6th May occupied by US forces
9th May Soviet forces take over

10 Pz IV produced from 1st May to 6th May 1945, three issued to German forces and seven blown up at the factory.

29th April four Jagdtiger left the Ni-Werke and went toward the east for combat.
5th May two Jagdtiger left the Ni-Werke. were in combat and one lost on 8th May the other blown up on 9th May.
Jagdtiger production continued until 3rd May 1945.
4th May seven (or eight) new Jagdtiger blown up at the Ni-Werke.

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Re: Last German vehicle (or vehicle type) to roll off the production lines

Post by seungseung22 » 11 Oct 2022 13:50

Thanks for all the answers, sorry i wasn't able to answer back in time

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