RL is crazy busy for me at the moment, so here’s a really excellent re-blog from The Model Warrior.
I have recently been doing a lot of reading
up on Zimmerit and the mystery surrounding its
limited time span of use.
Zimmerit was a non-magnetic coating produced for German AFV`s
during WW II for the purpose of combating magnetically attached
anti-tank mines. It was developed by the German company Chemische
Werke Zimmer AG and used from 1943-1944. It was basically a cement
type coating which provided small gaps and uneven ridges on the
outside of the tanks stopping magnetic mines being attached.
Strangely the Germans came up with the idea after inventing a
magnetic mine of their own(the Hafthohlladung 3 Mine) specially
to be used against tanks.
The picture below shows a Hafthohlladung courtesy of the
Unfortunately the Germans believed because
they had created such a mine the allies would surely follow and thus
the invention of zimmerit. In a strange irony the allies never did use
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