Nebelwerfer Batteriy Firing

Nebelwerfer – “Smoke Mortar”

The Nebelwerfer was originally developed as a method of delivering poison gas and smoke shells, it was developed for the “Nebeltruppen” or smoke troops, this was all part of a disinformation strategy to fool the League of Nations.

In combat it was given the nickname by the allies of “Moaning Minnie” or “Screaming Mimi”, one of it’s main disadvantages was the huge plumes of smoke left behind pinpointing the firing location, once fired the crew must relocate almost immediately to avoid devastating counter artillery fire.

Panzergrenadiers about to commence an attack – Eastern Front 1944

Panzergrenadiers about to commence an attack – Eastern Front 1944

Untersturmführer Gerhard Mahn, commander of 11th company, 9th regiment “Germania” of the 5th SS Panzer Division “Wiking” directs the actions of the division of armored personnel carriers Sd.Kfz.251.   They are about to mount an attack against the Red Army during the battles east of Warsaw in the summer of 1944