Friday, April 15, 2005

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Panzer - An interesting photo taken in Denmark during WWII shows an Sdkfz 251 with a strange contraption.

It's not some secret weapon, but a late-war adaptation for battling the problem of fuel shortages: The engine of the 251 runs on gasses generated from burning wood in the "stowe" attached to the rear of the vehicle - a so called "gas-generator".

This cumbersome device took a long time to warm up before enough gas was generated to run the engine and it was not intended for use in combat, but operated by occupation forces who were far down on the German Army's list of gasoline recipients.

Babe - Well, we all love big hats!
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