Passing in front of a field artillery battery during the battles around Kharkov in early 1943, this “Stummel” of Leibstandarte Division makes an excellent study of the futility of temporary snow camouflage, wearing off almost completely where the engine or gun heat would melt snow or where the dismounting of the crew would rub it off. The Stummel [officialy an Sd.Kfz. 251/9 mounting the 7.5cm L/24 Kwk], a brand new vehicle at this time, was extremely popular because it brought massive fire-power to individual panzergrenadier companies. In the background are a pair of 10.5 cm l FH/18 Field Howitzers and a single Sd.Kfz. 11 support vehicle.

The DFS Habicht (German for hawk) was designed in 1936 by Hans Jacobs as an unlimited aerobatic sailplane, with support provided by the Deutsche-Forschungsanstalt für Segelflug. Four Habichts were made available for the Olympic Games of 1936, where the gliders maneuvered over and literally inside the Olympic stadium, enthralling spectators.

The flight qualities of the Habicht were praised by pilots, including Hanna Reitsch. It participated in many airshows abroad before the war, including the 1938 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio.

Modified versions of the Habicht, dubbed the Stummel-Habicht (“Stumpy Hawk”) were used to train pilots to land the Messerschmitt Me 163 rocket-powered fighter, and for training Hitler Youth pilots for flying the Heinkel He 162 Spatz jet fighter. The Me 163 was designed to use its entire load of fuel to reach combat altitude and then return to the ground as a glider, with the He 162A having a short, 30-minute flight endurance with a similarly fast landing speed. The high landing speeds (around 200 km/h) posed a special challenge for pilots. Trainees therefore began on a Stummel-Habicht on which the original 13.6-metre gull wings had been replaced with straight wings of 8-metre span, and then progressed to another version with a 6-metre span.

(from Wikipedia)

Photo: Hanna Reitsch with a DFS Habicht glider during an air show in Kassel-Waldau, Germany, 17 July, 1938.

Source: Gerhard-Fieseler-Stiftung Archive.


A few shots of Henning Stummell’s RIBA award winning Workshop.

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