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Crompton Military Vehicle Collection, , Britain

(Location: Crompton Collection)

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Unique ID: 1681
Added to Database: 27 April 2011
Last Edited: 30 December 2011
Type (ID): Hetzer (310)
Model (ID): Hetzer (550)
Location Category (ID): Crompton Military Vehicle Collection (3380)
Location (ID): Crompton Collection (3380)
Serial Number:
Other Identification: Painted overall in a green, brown and sand ‘ambush’ camouflage scheme.
Collection Reference:
Links: Warbirds
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Location History:
(see map)

1: Ceskomoravsksa-Kolben-Danek (CKD), Prague, Czech Republic (Primary manufacturer April 1944 - March 1945)
2: Rose Barracks, Vilseck, Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany (1945-1980s)
3: Crompton Military Vehicle Collection, Suffolk, East England, Britain (Current location)
4: Liberty Park Oorlogsmuseum, Overloon, Boxmeer, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands (Militracks May 2010)
5: Crompton Military Vehicle Collection, Suffolk, East England, Britain (Current location)
6: The Tank Museum - Tankfest Arena, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Tankfest June 2010)
7: Crompton Military Vehicle Collection, Suffolk, East England, Britain (Current location)

Text in original Preserved German Tanks publication:

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Text in Preserved German Tanks Update:

This Hetzer was dug up in 1987 (along with a PzKpfw IV tank) during a construction project at Rose Barracks, near Vilseck in Germany (source: Geoff Walden). It is believed that they had lain there since they were buried at the end of the Second World War.
This Hetzer was discovered in 1981 during road construction works. The hull was broken into five main parts with a total weight of 16 tonnes. It underwent several years of restoration in Germany. It was restored to running order before changing ownership and being transferred to England. (Source:
It is an original 1944 early production vehicle with most of the features found on such vehicles including the exhaust route, early pattern roadwheels and first pattern drive sprockets. It has battle damage, mainly on the right side, from small-arms fire and shrapnel. (Source: earlymb/AFVNDB). It underwent a rebuild and repainting in England and remains in running order. It took part in the Militracks event at Overloon in May 2010.

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During original recovery from the ground
1: During original recovery from the ground

Taken: 1987 (Estimated)
Contributor: Geoff Walden
Photo ID: 4853
Added: 27 April 2011
Filename: Scan_Het...
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