Tanks

Panzer IV tank in front of the Milan Cathedral, 1943

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Panzer IV Ausf. H tank of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler pictured with the Milan Dome in the background during September 1943. German tanks occupied the city of Milan on September 8th, after the Armistice of Cassibile between Italy’s new leadership and the Western Allies became public. …

Panzer E-100 prototype captured by British forces

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Panzer E-100 incomplete prototype, the only one ever built, captured by British forces in April 1945 and pictured here on a mobile platform. The Panzerkampfwagen E-100 was a super heavy German tank developed in the closing stages of World War 2. It was supposed to be used as a heavy …

Soviet operated Matilda II tanks on the Western Front, 1942

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British Matilda II tanks operated by Soviet crewmen (see the recognizable Russian tank hats) advancing through a birch Forest on the Soviet Western Front, sometime in 1942. Exact location is unknown. The Red Army Western Front was created on 22 June 1941. It spread for 470 kilometers, from the Southern …

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 …