German AT Weapons demo 25.9.1942 in Kankaanpää

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German AT Weapons demo 25.9.1942 in Kankaanpää

Post by Trilisser, M. A. » 16 Oct 2018 11:38

In Waldemar Erfurth's War Diary 1942-43 it is stated that on 25.9.1942 there was an AT weapons demonstration in Kankaanpää by SS-Brigadefuhrer Hansen with Mannerheim present. Erfurth mentions a live-firing demo on 3 armour plates. Any further information on this demo?

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Re: German AT Weapons demo 25.9.1942 in Kankaanpää

Post by Juha Tompuri » 16 Oct 2018 16:10

Trilisser, M. A. wrote:
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Any further information on this demo?
Not directly, but there seems to have been a similar demonstration (28th September 1942?) somewhere near Äänislinna/Petrozavodsk
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Re: German AT Weapons demo 25.9.1942 in Kankaanpää

Post by Mangrove » 16 Oct 2018 17:39

Trilisser, M. A. wrote:
16 Oct 2018 11:38
Any further information on this demo?
There is a fairly detailed travel report on the war diary of Päämaja (SPK 20880).

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Re: German AT Weapons demo 25.9.1942 in Kankaanpää

Post by Trilisser, M. A. » 20 Oct 2018 14:55

Any detailed technical reports on the actual tests?

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Re: German AT Weapons demo 25.9.1942 in Kankaanpää

Post by Mangrove » 23 Oct 2018 08:59

Trilisser, M. A. wrote:
20 Oct 2018 14:55
Any detailed technical reports on the actual tests?
Very likely there is one at the archives of Koeampumalaitos at the National Archives of Finland. Most probable folders are T-27442/1 or T-21699/1. A copy might be also under T-20791/4.

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Re: German AT Weapons demo 25.9.1942 in Kankaanpää

Post by Tommy R » 28 Oct 2018 13:18

In Simo Liikanens book Panssarinmurskaajat there is a mention of of AT-weapons demonstrations in connection with purchases of PAK 38s, Stielgranaten for the PAK 37 and AT-riflegrenades in 1942-43.
The demonstrations were only shown for a selected few officers.

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