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What's in a Name?

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"Translated from German

General Staff of the Land Army #8/90583/44
February 27th, 1944
Top Secret
Copy #203

Contents: pseudonyms for new types of armament:

On the Fuhrer's directions, the following pseudonyms are introduced:
  • Tank type V: Panther
  • Tank type VI: Tiger
  • 88 mm anti-tank gun on the chassis of the T-IV or T-III tank: Nashorn
  • 88 mm assault gun: Elephant
  • Radio controlled demolition tankette: Goliath
  • Device for demolition of buildings using explosive gas mixtures: Typhoon
  • Heavy anti-tank gun on the Tiger tank chassis: Jagdtiger
  • Heavy anti-tank gun on the Panther tank chassis: Jagdpanther
  • 75 mm anti-tank gun on the Lorraine type chassis: Marder I
  • 75 mm anti-tank gun type 40 or 76.2 mm Russian gun on the T-2 tank chassis: Marder 2
  • 75 mm anti-tank gun type 40 or 76.2 mm Russian gun on the T-38 Czech tank chassis: Marder 3
The accepted names for heavy artillery such as Bruno or Siegfried remain in force. Other pseudonyms for all types of armament and materiel such as Wespe, Hummel, Grille, Maultier, are cancelled.

Distribute to divisions inclusive.

Translated from German: Captain Bezymenskiy
Approved by the Chief of the 4th Intelligence Department of the 1st Belorussian Front, Colonel Smyslov."


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