Hillersleben

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Hillersleben

Post by Pablo Sela » 24 Jan 2006 02:51

This beign my first contribution to this Forum I believe a brief introduction is the polite way to start.
My name is Pablo Sela. I was born in Madrid, Spain 42 years ago. My upbringing and education was divided between Madrid, Rome and London. I first traveled to the US in 1976.
I was heavily involved in Skateboarding and surfing during the 80's, designing and building numerous skateparks in the north coast of Spain. I returned to the US in the early 90's. I have been a professional Tattoo Artist since 1992.
A Married Man, I am also father of two children.
My Interest in the III. Reich was inherited from my Father and Grandfather. Both had extensive libraries on the subject. Growing up in Franco's Spain was also helpful.
My paternal great-grandfather was a von Foelkersam. He was part of the German Diplomatic Corps in the early1900s, serving mainly in Turkey. He was decorated with the EK II in WW1 and with the 40 year faithful service cross by Hitler.
His awards passed on to my late Father, who in turn passed them onto me.
I've been collecting German Militaria ever since.

Hillersleben: After christmas I bought a small grouping that included this document, which contains a trove of photos of Hillersleben.
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Post by Pablo Sela » 24 Jan 2006 03:02

A section on German Photos...
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Post by Pablo Sela » 24 Jan 2006 03:05

Here they are.
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Post by Pablo Sela » 24 Jan 2006 03:13

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Post by Pablo Sela » 24 Jan 2006 03:19

Very thorough documentation..
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Post by Pablo Sela » 24 Jan 2006 03:22

Mine Exploder..
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Post by Pablo Sela » 24 Jan 2006 03:23

Very interesting stuff...
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Post by Pablo Sela » 24 Jan 2006 03:36

From what I gather,Hellersleben must've been an importan training/experimental facility.The photographs show all sorts of machinery,artillery pieces,shops,gun ranges...Many images of heavy pieces,Railroad guns..Quite the place.
I will be posting more of this as time allows.
There is also a small section on the Meppen Range.
I would be most interested in hearing what other Forum members know about Hellersleben.What did we find there??
This is one of the German photos:
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Post by Pablo Sela » 24 Jan 2006 03:44

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Post by jopaerya » 24 Jan 2006 07:21

Hi Pablo Sela

What a great pictures of Hillersleben,
thanks for sharing.

Regards Jos

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Post by kstdk » 24 Jan 2006 08:33

Hello Pablo Sela

Welcome to the forum, what outstanding way to begin your posting here.

And...also a very interesting Family history, as well !

That must be photos never published before, very rare pictures, i must say !!!

Both Meppen and Hillersleben was, as you yourselve indicate, large testing grounds for all kind of material, maybe mostly Artillery ( Meppen was for sure a Artillery Range and also large training area ).

At Meppen, today there is ( i think it is ) a test center for trains, the new fast passengertrains are tested there, and there is a museum about it, am i right - anyone ??

Do you want to show more ?? I for one, would like to have a chance to see a closer picture of "H11", if possible - the two pictures in the bottom right and left side ?? And maybe also "Hillersleben 007" picture bottom right, the Artillerypiece. ??

Would that be possible, and if you have more pictures of that kind - please show us !!

Best Regards

Kurt
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Post by Leif » 24 Jan 2006 09:19

Hello.
Thanks for sharing!

There are two books on the topic:

Artillery experimental range Hillersleben / reported by: G. H. Hinds; G. K. Speechley
Verfasser: Hinds, G. H. ; Speechley, G. K.
Erschienen: London, [ca. 1945]
Umfang: 138 S.
Schriftenreihe: File / Combined Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee ; 28-2 : Item no. 2
C.I.O.S. target report


Heeresversuchsstelle Hillersleben : Fleißiges Lieschen, Dora, Karl und andere schwere Geschütze in der Erprobung 1935 - 1945 / Axel Turra
Sonst. Personen: Turra, Axel
Erschienen: Wölfersheim-Berstadt : Podzun-Pallas, 1998
Umfang: 208 S. : zahlr. Ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 3-7909-0652-2 (Pp.)

Best Regards,
Leif

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Post by Zünder » 24 Jan 2006 09:42

Hillersleben was the testarea for Artillery and it's ammunition.
Weapons tested there include: 80 cm K (E), the 54 and 60 cm Mortars, the V3 "Hochdruckpumpe", 30 cm K5 smoothbore.
All kinds of ammunition were tested as well : the "Röchling" shells, "Trommsdorf" ramjet shells, fin stabilized shells, "Peenemunde Pfeilgeschoss", subcalibershells, shells made from porcelan, from pertinax, the list is long.

There was a good site about Hillersleben, but it closed due to a lack of visitors.

Meppen was mainly used as a testarea fur Krupp guns.

I am looking for a good and cheap cpoy of the Hinds & Speechly book, does anybody know where to get one ?
There is one on the web, but it's costing a fortune.. :|

Any info regarding the experimental shells is also highly appreciated, as are the actual (deactivated) shells.

Zünder,

http://www.wk2ammo.com
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Post by M.Rausch » 24 Jan 2006 10:48

In Hillersleben the shooting and measuring for almost all German ballistic service manuals was done.

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Post by jopaerya » 24 Jan 2006 19:12

Hello All

On one of the photo's you can see the
the Mörser 18 used to fire 21 cm Rochling
shell , according to the report C.I.O.S. G2 division
SHAEF APO 413 Target No 2/17 .

Regards Jos

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