WW II, a British focus




 

 


INVESTIGATIONS IN GERMANY
BY
TANK ARMAMENT RESEARCH,
MINISTRY OF SUPPLY

“This report is issued with the warning that, if the subject matter should be protected by British Patents or Patent applications, this publication cannot be held to give any protection against action for infringement.”

BIOS Target Numbers
18/23. 18/81, C18/8(c), 18/94(c)

BRITISH INTELLIGENCE OBJECTIVES
SUB-COMMITTEE
32, Bryanston Square, London, W.1

Table of Contents

I FOREWORD 3

SECTION A POLICY REGARDING THE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT OF TANKS AND SP GUNS 5
Interrogation of General Guderian 5
SECTION B THE HEERESWAFFENAMT 7
SECTION C ACCURACY OF TANK ARMAMENT 8
Rheinmetall?Borsig, Unterluss 8
Krupp, Essen (personnel evacuated to Kettwig) 8
Rheinmetall-Borsig. Dusseldorf 8
Krupp’s Main Range, Meppen 9
SECTION D ARTILLERY RANGE METHODS AND EQUIPMENT 10
Rheinmetall-Borsig, Unterluss 10
Krupp, Essen (personnel evacuated to Kettwig) 11
Krupp’s Main Range, Meppen 11
SECTION E METHODS OF IMPROVING OBSERVATION OF FALL OF SHOT 13
Rheinmetall-Borsig. Unterluss 13
Krupp. Essen 13
Krupp, Essen (personnel evacuated to Kettwig) 13
Rheinmetall-Borsig, Dusseldorf 13
Schmiedag Fabrik (between Rummenohl and Evringshausen) 14
Armaturen Fabrik, Bernard Brender, Grevenbruck 14
Krupp's Main Range Meppen 14
SECTION F GYRO-STABILISATION OF GUN AND SIGHT-LINE 15
Anschutz, Kiel 15
Anschutz, Preetz 15
Phonix Werke, Eutin 15
Rheinmetall-Borsig, Unterluss 16
Rheinmetall-Borsig, Dusseldorf 17
Krupp, Essen (personnel evacuated to Kettwig) 17
General Guderian 17
Leitz. Wetzlar 18
Herr Haass (of Kreiselgerat, Berlin, interrogated at the firm of Leitz at Wetzlar). 18
Dr. Zimmerman (of Kreiselgerat, Berlin, evacuated to Versailles) 18
SECTION G SIGHTING EQUIPMENT AND METHODS OF FIRE CONTROL 21
Hensoldt, Wetzlar 23
Rodenstock Optische Werke, Munich 23
Rheinmetall-Borsig, Dusseldorf 23
Krupp, Essen (evacuated to Kettwig) 23
SECTION H PHYSIOLOGICAL OPTICS AND OPTICAL CONSTANTS 24
Leitz, Wetzlar and Physiological Institute, Gottingen University 24
SECTION J GENERAL PHYSICS 25
Steinheil Sohne (Munich) 25
Askania. Constance 25
Dr. Strughold. Gottingen 25
SECTION K MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS 26
The Henschel Panzerversuchsstation, Haustenbeck, Nr. Paderborn 26
Rigidly Mounted Gun on Tank Chassis (Rheinmetall?Borsig, Unterluss) 27
38 cm. rocket Projector mounted on Tiger Chassis (Rheinmetall?Borsig). 27
Half Track, Mounting a 10.5 cm Gun (Hanomag, Hanover) 27
Hyper Velocity Ammunition 27
Commander's Control of Tank Guns (Rheinmetall-Borsig, Unterluss) 28
M.N.H. Tank Production Factory Hanover, Linden 28
The Z-U Picture Transmission system (Phonix Werke, Eutin) 28
Metallurgical laboratories 28

APPENDIX I ORIGINAL LIST OF INFORMATION REQUIRED BY TAR 30
Armament 30
Ammunition 30
Sights and Optical Instruments 30
Fire Control 31
Stabilisation 31
Electrical Equipment 31
APPENDIX II LIST OF TARGETS AND PERSONNEL INTERROGATED. 32
APPENDIX III LIST OF GERMAN DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE AT TAR 34
(A) Reports 34
(B) Drawings 35
(C) List of Reports to be sent to TAR. 35
APPENDIX IV EQUIPMENT TO BE SENT TO T.A.R. FROM GERMANY 37
Ammunition 37
Electrical Equipment from Radio Station Sonderburg 37
Electrical Equipment from Electro Acustic, Kiel 37
Equipment from dump of Salvaged German Material at Neumunster 37
Phonix Werke, Eutin 37
Dump of Captured German Ordnance Stores, Ahlen 37
Rheinmetall-Borsig, Ulmen Strasse, Dusseldorf 37
Schmiedag Fabrik, Nr Evringhausen 38
Schmiedag Fabrik, Hagen 38
Dump at Flak Barracks, Oldenburg 38
Schneider, Gottingen 38

PERSONNEL OF TEAM
Mr CC Inglis
Lt Col HO Stibbard
Mr HH Watson
Mr C Dunbar
Mr KW Yarnold
Mr J Mc.G Sowerby
Mr A Sobolev