Medium tank T-34 m.1942-1943

2 SS Panzer Division "Das Reich"

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Germans T-34 tankmans


Emil Seibold

26.02.1907 - 11.09.1990

Emil Seibold was born in Basel, Switzerland on the 26 February 1907. He joined the NSDAP on the 1 April 1933 and the Waffen SS on the 10 April 1940. He was first posted to the SS Totenkopf Standarte and served with the Infantry.

He was later transferred to the Das Reich Division attached to the 3rd Battery, of the Panzerjager Battalion as a motorcyclist, and later commanded one of the batteries guns.

Germans tank ace SS Hauptscharfuehrer Emil Seibold fight on the captured T-34 from June to August 1943 in structure 3 SS Pz.Abt 2 SS Pz. Rgt, 2 SS Pz.Div. "Das Reich". At that time this officer held a post of the commander platoon assistant. On unchecked data on trophy tank T-34 during operation "Citadelle" Seibold had been gained 23 victories. From the beginning of July on the middle of December this tank expert gains 27 victories from which above 24 T-34 tanks. Most likely this tank ace was fight in 10 company, and later, after company disbandment 8/1/1943 has been transferred in 8 company, where was the commander of a platoon. His fighting score on the 12 March 1945 is 65 tanks, and up to the end of war him has been knock more than 4 tanks. After war Emil Seibold was live in Austria, and died 11 September 1990 in Italy.

(Picture from "German Cross in Gold", Vol.2. M. Yerger)

SS Hauptscharfuehrer Emil Seibold and crew his tank, 3 SS Pz.Abt 2 SS Pz. Rgt, 2 SS Pz.Div. "Das Reich" , the Kursk sailent, summer of 1943.

(On boards of a turret painted large crosses, most likely the same cross paint on the rear of the case. May be the number of this tank 1036 put by a white paint with a red contour. The tank has stamped turret manufactured on the UZTM. The machine is equipped with rhomb-shaped boxes on boards of the case and fastenings for spare tracks. On left fenders placed headlight Notek. On a background one more is seen trophy T-34.)

(Regenberger, Dr. Werner: Scheiben. Horst: Captured tanks under german flag. Russian battle tanks.Shiffer Military.)

(Regenberger, Dr. Werner: Scheiben. Horst: Captured tanks under german flag. Russian battle tanks.Shiffer Military.)

T-34 m 42/43 probably from 2 SS Pz.Div. "Das Reich". On the background seen Emil Seibold T-34. Note a UZTM turret type, germans cross characteristic species, small box ahead of rhomb shape box on the hull side. Unfortunatelly turret number invisibly.

(From "Panzerkampf im Bild. Panzerkomandanten berichten" W.Fey)


Josef Naber

6.10.1916 - ?.05.1992

Josef Naber was born in Penzberg 6.10.1916.

SS Oberscharfuehrer Josef Naber was platoon commander in the 9 company 3 SS Pz.Abt 2 SS Pz. Rgt, 2 SS Pz.Div during battle for the Kursk sailent. "Das Reich". Known tha this tankman had good fight score during Koursk battle, but how much tanks him destroyed now unknown.

He died in Penzberg in March 1992.

(Picture from "German Cross in Gold", Vol.2. M. Yerger)


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