My name is Drew Kitchens. I'm 19 and a student at ECU. I'm nice and funny (I think).
Ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch. Ich heiße Drew Kitchens. Ich bin neunzehn Jahre alt und ein Student bei ECU. Ich bin nett und lustig (ich glaub)

 

thehistoryofviolence:

The Bachem Ba 349 Natter marks yet another milestone in the Jagdwaffe's swift slide into madness in the wake of the U.S. 8th Air Force campaign of April of 1944. Another member of The Fat One's menagerie of potential Volksjager throw-away fighters approved by the R.L.M., the Natter was to be a rocket powered, missile armed point defense fighter.

Pretty standard stuff for post April of ‘44 R.L.M., really.

Save for the fact that it was meant to be launched vertically from a platform similar to that used by the V.1, was built entirely out of plywood, had a nose-cone stuffed with 24 air-to-air rockets, and wasn’t meant to land.

The game plan for the benighted sots stuck piloting the Ba 349 was that as a bomber squadron approached the factory defended by the Natter nest, they would be launched at break-neck speed into the air and aim their diminutive craft at their targets, discharge their rockets in a single salvo, then bail out.

As brilliant as this scheme doubtless seemed on paper (save to the pilots), a few difficulties arose.

The g-forces involved in the launch of the Natter were so intense that the test pilot passed out, leading to his death in a fiery crash. This was “remedied” by installing a rudimentary auto pilot that would take control of the entire launch.

In the end, however, the advancing Allied troops stopped the Ba 349 from ever entering combat. Much to the relief of those assigned to pilot the craft, I’m sure.

itinerantdispatches:

The very rare SdKfz 2 Kettenkrad. 

What a joy to ride around in. It can seat three, though rather cramped. 

yojimbows:

SdKfz 2 Kleines Kettenkrad (“tracked motorcycle”)
World War II German “special ordnance vehicle”

yojimbows:

SdKfz 2 Kleines Kettenkrad (“tracked motorcycle”)

World War II German “special ordnance vehicle”

bassman5911:

Kleines Kettenkrad HK 101 (SdKfz 2)

A half-track vehicle with a motorcycle front end which NSU produced for the Wehrmacht from 1940 to 1945. Designed by Praxl Ewald and Ernst Schmidt, the Kettenkrad basically consists of a self-supporting sheet steel tub with dual caterpillar drives. The centrally mounted, water cooled, four cylinder in-line OHV engine was manufactured by Opel and produced 36 bhp at 3400 rpm: top speed was 70 km/h (44mph).

The driver sits on a standard motorcycle saddle mounted above the forward gearbox and two rear facing passenger seats were installed behind the engine, although this proved to be somewhat of a disadvantage in combat situations as the passengers had no emergency access to the steering. The steering itself is unique in that the front motorcycle wheel was generally used for light turns but a sharper turn actually engaged the track brakes to turn like a traditional tank. In fact it was recommended to remove the front wheel altogether in especially heavy terrain.  

kruegerwaffen:

An SdKfz 251/1 Ausf.B as a Mittlerer Schützenpanzerwagen mit Wurfrahmen during firing of its rockets at enemy positions.

kruegerwaffen:

An SdKfz 251/1 Ausf.B as a Mittlerer Schützenpanzerwagen mit Wurfrahmen during firing of its rockets at enemy positions.

ss-wiking:

Arado Ar 234 “Blitz” (“Lightning”) 

 

As the German Messerschmitt Me 262 “Schwalbe” (“Swallow”) holds the distinction of becoming the world’s first operational jet-powered fighter, the Arado Ar 234 “Blitz” (“Lightning”) is recognized as the world’s first operational jet-powered bomber. The system arrived in 1944 and became active into 1945, serving until the end of war in 1945. it proved one of the more technologically advanced and prized weapons of the German Luftwaffe but was never available in the numbers required. The aircraft proved so advanced, in fact, that it was able to evade all available Allied interceptors of the time, making it a very capable reconnaissance and high-speed bombing platform.