08 Feb 42: Dr Fritz Todt, chief designer of the German autobahn and Third Reich minister for armaments and munitions, is killed in a Ju-52 that crashes and explodes shortly after takeoff. More: http://scanningwwii.com/a?d=0208&s=420208 #WWII
Lorraine 155 mle. 50 - In 1950, Lorraine started the development of its own self-propelled gun. Lorraine’s engineers proposed two different concepts on the same chassis, although at certain point of the development even a wheeled chassis was considered as an alternative to the tracked one. First prototype, marked as “model 1950” had its howitzer mounted in the centrally placed casemate, while the “model 1951” had the structure pushed to the front of the veichle.