Tanks

Panzer III tank wrecked in North Africa, August 1942

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Panzer III tank from the 15th Panzer Division pictured after being destroyed in August 1942, North Africa. An anti tank projectile or a shaped-charge blast penetrated the hull and caused an ammunition explosion, which blew up the turret. This is known as the “Jack in the box” effect. In the …

Panzer III tank with troops in winter camouflage, Demyansk Pocket

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Panzer III tank followed by German troops in winter camouflage. Russia, Demyansk Pocket, March 21st, 1942. The Demyansk Pocket was a place South of Leningrad where German troops were encircled by Soviet forces between February 8th and April 21st in 1942. Fighting near Demyansk continued until February 28th, 1943, when …

Anti mine rollers attached to the front of a US Sherman M4 tank

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Anti mine rollers on a Sherman M4 tank. The rollers were composed of multiple heavy wheels with reinforcements and protection, which could be lowered to apply high ground pressure and detonate mines in front of the vehicle on which they were mounted. In the image we can see a sign …

Inside a German Tiger 1 tank, driver and gunner seats

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The Tiger 1, a heavy tank produced between 1942 and 1944, was quite a remarkable design at its time, but it was also expensive to build and maintain. The Tiger 1 was employed in North Africa and Europe starting with 1942. On the Eastern front, it had problems when mud, …

British Matilda I tank with driver, France, 1940

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Matilda I Tank of the 4th Royal Tank Regiment (Scottish) and its driver photographed in France, January 12th 1945. As we can see in the image, the tank is nicknamed DEOCH (meaning “drink”). The 4th Royal Tank Regiment was active between 1917 and 1993. It was captured at Tobruk, Libya, …

Then and Now: Church in Foy, Bastogne, Battle of the Bulge

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Church in Foy, Belgium, near Bastogne, pictured in January 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge, and in 2019. In the historical photograph we see a wrecked Panzer IV tank. The village of Foy was made famous by the exceptional TV Mini Series “Band of Brothers”. The Battle of the …

Panzer IV tanks traversing a bridge on the Eastern Front, 1943

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Panzer IV tanks traversing an improvised bridge on the Eastern Front. Russia, September or August 1943. The Panzer IV was the most popular German tank in WW2, with around 8500 units built, and the only German tank to be produced during the entirety of the war. It was produced between …

Heinz Guderian, tank warfare pioneer and leading commander in WW2

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Generaloberst Heinz Guderian, a World War I veteran, was one of the pioneers of tank warfare in Germany. Guderian studied this concept between 1922 and 1928, becoming a leading expert on tanks despite not setting foot into one before 1929 (due to the Versailles treaty restrictions). Because of the same …

Romanian Goliath tracked mine, rare WW2 photograph

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One of the very few surviving images (and the only one of decent quality) of the “Romanian Goliath”, a Romanian version of the German Goliath tracked mine. This version had no armor, but was much larger, six time heavier, and better equipped to handle trenches and difficult terrain. It was …

Panzer III tanks leaving factory grounds, October 1942

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Panzer III tanks leaving the production plant in October 1942, alongside stacked piles of tracks. Book suggestion ⤵️ 📖 Achtung-Panzer!: The Development of Armoured Forces, Their Tactics and Operational Potential (Heinz Guderian, 1937)