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Hetzer recovered in Poland
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2007 12:37 pm
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Today (Hel 26.05.07) Hetzer was recovered from sea in Hel (Poland).

Galery www.odkrywca.pl/galeri...?nazwa=432
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 6:49 am
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www.odkrywca.pl/galeri...?nazwa=433

This looks like the first part of the Hetzer recovery story.
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 3:19 pm
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Any idea how this relic ended up IN THE WATER?
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 9:39 pm
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Any idea how this relic ended up IN THE WATER?


The Hel peninsula was a German defensive pocket with units encircled there since the fall of Gotenhafen (Gdynia) in March 1945. These units didn't formally surrender until May 10th 1945. The Hetzer was probably ditched in the water on purpose to avoid capture.

The peninsula was also the last foothold of the Polish forces in 1939.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:57 pm
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I once saw a documentary about shipwrecks that said tha the Baltic sea
has a low saline content, it may explain why the vehicle seems reasonably
intact.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:43 am
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more photos this Hetzer
www.odkrywca.pl/galeri...w,463.html
www.odkrywca.pl/galeri...-,449.html
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:35 am
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Current photo of the Hetzer

odkrywca.pl/forum_pics...hetzer.jpg

The renovation works are still going on.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:39 am
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I still wonder what could have caused that level of corrosion?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:51 am
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I still wonder what could have caused that level of corrosion?


Salt water, it was recovered from beach on Baltic Sea.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:41 am
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I still wonder what could have caused that level of corrosion?


Salt water, it was recovered from beach on Baltic Sea.


Yes I know, but the saline content is so low in the Baltic Sea that the level of corrosion doesn't seem normal. Maybe rock salt or some other chemical reaction in the seabed?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 3:29 am
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It was immersed for the thick end of 60 years, so it's not so much a case of being surprised how much corrosion, but how little!
Quite a lot of what you put down as corrosion, is also concretion, layers of marine growth. I've seen a cannon pulled out of the sea, with a 2" thick layer, easily knocked off with a hammer, to expose the metal beneath, that started to oxidise (ie rust) immediately.
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