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Italy: The Advance on Rome (Sept. 1943 - June 1944)

Italy: The Advance on Rome (Sept. 1943 - June 1944)



The Allied invasion of Italy was the Allied landing on mainland Italy on September 3rd, 1943, by General Harold Alexander's 15th Army Group (comprising Mark Clark's U.S. Fifth Army and Bernard Montgomery's British Eighth Army) during World War II. The operation followed the successful invasion of Sicily during the Italian Campaign. The main invasion force landed around Salerno on the western coast in Operation Avalanche, while two supporting operations took place in Calabria (Operation Baytown) and Taranto (Operation Slapstick).
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German Sd. Kfz. 142 Sturmgeschutz III Ausf. F Assault Gun - Unidentified Unit, Italy, 1943 German Sd. Kfz. 142 Sturmgeschutz III Ausf. F Assault Gun - Unidentified Unit, Italy, 1943 (1:72 Scale)

Five prototype assault guns were built in 1937, mounting the same short-barreled 75mm L/24 howitzer fitted to the PzKpfw IV in a limited traverse mounting on the modified chassis of the PzKpfw III Ausf. B. Constructed of soft steel, these vehicles of the "O" series were unsuitable for combat but helped towards the development of the initial production version, the StuG III Ausf. A.

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German Sd. Kfz. 184 Elefant Heavy Tank Destroyer - schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 653, Italy, 1943 German Sd. Kfz. 184 Elefant Heavy Tank Destroyer - schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 653, Italy, 1943 (1:72 Scale)

The Elefant (Elephant) stemmed from the Porsche design for the PzKpfw VI Tiger. Henschel was awarded the contract for the new tank, but it was decided to use the Porsche design as a tank destroyer. Hitler demanded that the new vehicle be ready for the 1943 offensive on the Russian front, so development was rather hurried.

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German Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Ausf. E Heavy Tank - schwere Panzer Abteilung 508, Italy, 1943 German Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Ausf. E Heavy Tank - schwere Panzer Abteilung 508, Italy, 1943 (1:72 Scale)

The Ausf. E mounted a huge 8.8cm KwK36 L/56 cannon and featured two MG34 machine guns for close support against enemy infantry. By war's end, 1,354 vehicles had been produced, some rolling off the Wegmann assembly line.

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German Sd. Kfz. 185 Bergetiger Recovery Vehicle - schwere Panzer Abteilung 508, Italy, 1944 German Sd. Kfz. 185 Bergetiger Recovery Vehicle - schwere Panzer Abteilung 508, Italy, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

In 1944, three Tiger I tanks were field converted by the sPzAbt 509 to recovery vehicles and redesignated Bergepanzer Tiger. In November of 1944, all three were transferred to the sPzAbt 501.

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Italian Lancia Lince Armored Car - 1944 Italian Lancia Lince Armored Car - 1944 (1:72 Scale)

The Autoblinda Lince ("Lynx") was an Italian armored car used by the Italian Social Republic between 1943-1945 during World War II. The Lince was a copy of the British Daimler Dingo and was primarily used for reconnaissance. Its armament consisted of a single 8 mm machine gun.

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German Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Ausf. E Heavy Tank - schwere Panzer Abteilung 508, Italy, 1943 German Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Ausf. E Heavy Tank - schwere Panzer Abteilung 508, Italy, 1943 (1:72 Scale)

The Ausf. E mounted a huge 8.8cm KwK36 L/56 cannon and featured two MG34 machine guns for close support against enemy infantry. By war's end, 1,354 vehicles had been produced, some rolling off the Wegmann assembly line.

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German Sd. Kfz. 9 8-Ton Personnel Carrier / Prime Mover - The Bernhardt Line, XIV Panzer Corps, 10.Armee, Nettuno, Italy, 1944 German Sd. Kfz. 9 8-Ton Personnel Carrier / Prime Mover - "The Bernhardt Line", XIV Panzer Corps, 10.Armee, Nettuno, Italy, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

The Sd.Kfz. 9 (also known as "Famo" ) was a German half-track that saw widespread use in World War II. Its main roles were as a prime mover for very heavy towed guns such as the 24 cm Kanone 3 and as a tank recovery vehicle.

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German Sd. Kfz. 7/2 Halftrack w/ FlaK36 37mm Gun - 26.Panzer Division, Italy, 1944 German Sd. Kfz. 7/2 Halftrack w/ FlaK36 37mm Gun - 26.Panzer Division, Italy, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

The basic Zgkw 8t was built by Krauss-Maffei, Borgward, and from 1943, Saurer. The FlaK vehicle was built with a special superstructure which formed an adequate platform for all-around traverse if the sides were folded down. Ammunition was carried in a special single-axle trailer. The 3.7cm FlaK36 gun was mounted on the Zgkw 8t from 1943, after production of the 5t Zgkw ceased.

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German Sd. Kfz. 166 Sturmpanzer IV Brummbar Assault Gun - Sturmpanzerabteilung 216, Rome, Italy, 1944 German Sd. Kfz. 166 Sturmpanzer IV Brummbar Assault Gun - Sturmpanzerabteilung 216, Rome, Italy, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

The Sturmpanzer (a.k.a. Brummbar or "Grizzly Bear") was developed by Alkett, who designed the superstructure, and Krupp, who modified their PzKpfw IV chassis to accomodate the design changes. After seeing Alkett's plans on October 20, 1942, Hitler demanded that forty to sixty production models be built as quickly as possible.

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German Sd. Kfz. 167 Sturmgeschutz IV Assault Gun - Fallschirm Panzer Division Hermann Goering, Anzio-Nettuno, Italy, 1944 German Sd. Kfz. 167 Sturmgeschutz IV Assault Gun - Fallschirm Panzer Division Hermann Goering, Anzio-Nettuno, Italy, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

The German Sturmgeschutz (StuG) was one of the most successful armored fighting vehicles of the Second World War. It arose from an original concept of the pre-war panzer divisions, whereby a special vehicle for infantry support work was planned.

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German Sd. Kfz. 185 Bergetiger Recovery Vehicle - schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 653, Anzio-Nettuno, Italy, 1944 German Sd. Kfz. 185 Bergetiger Recovery Vehicle - schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 653, Anzio-Nettuno, Italy, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

In 1944, three Tiger I tanks were field converted by the sPzAbt 509 to recovery vehicles and redesignated Bergepanzer Tiger. In November of 1944, all three were transferred to the sPzAbt 501.

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British M4A2 Sherman Mk.III Sherman Medium Tank - Barford St. Martin, A Squadron, Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, Italy, 1943 British M4A2 Sherman Mk.III Sherman Medium Tank - 'Barford St. Martin', 'A' Squadron, Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, Italy, 1943 (1:72 Scale)

The M4 Sherman medium tank was regarded by many as the workhorse of the US Army during World War II. In fact, virtually all of the Allied armies employed the Sherman in their armed forces, including the British, who developed an upgunned variant called the "Firefly".

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German Early Variant Sd. Kfz. 164 Hornisse Self-Propelled Howitzer - schwere Panzer Abteilung 525, Italy, 1944 German Early Variant Sd. Kfz. 164 Hornisse Self-Propelled Howitzer - schwere Panzer Abteilung 525, Italy, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

In an effort to get sizeable numbers of tank destroyers into service along the Eastern Front, the Waffenant embarked upon a series of hurried improvizations throughout 1942-43. Eventually, a special weapons-carrier vehicle based on the PzKpfw IV chassis was developed, which was adapted to take the 8.8cm PaK 43 gun. The first of these so-called Nashorns ("Rhinocerous") entered service in 1943.

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German Sd. Kfz. 167 Sturmgeschutz IV Assault Gun with Schurzen Side Skirts - Italy, 1944 German Sd. Kfz. 167 Sturmgeschutz IV Assault Gun with Schurzen Side Skirts - Unidentified Unit, Italy, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

The German Sturmgeschutz (StuG) was one of the most successful armored fighting vehicles of the Second World War. It arose from an original concept of the pre-war panzer divisions, whereby a special vehicle for infantry support work was planned.

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US M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank with 105mm Gun Forest Crossing Diorama US M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank with 105mm Gun "Forest Crossing" Diorama (1:72 Scale)

The M4 Sherman medium tank was regarded by many as the workhorse of the US Army during World War II. In fact, virtually all of the Allied armies employed the Sherman in their armed forces, including the British, who developed an upgunned variant called the "Firefly".

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British Humber Mk. IV Armored Car - 8th Infantry Division (India), Sangro River, Italy, 1943 British Humber Mk. IV Armored Car - 8th Infantry Division (India), Sangro River, Italy, 1943 (1:43 Scale)

The Humber Armoured Car was one of the most widely produced British armoured cars of the Second World War. It supplemented the Humber Light Reconnaissance Car and remained in service until the end of the war.

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US Army GMC DUKW 353 Amphibious Transport - Unidentified Unit, Anzio, Italy, 1944 US Army GMC DUKW 353 Amphibious Transport - Unidentified Unit, Anzio, Italy, 1944 (1:43 Scale)

The DUKW (colloquially known as duck) is a six-wheel-drive amphibious truck that was designed by a partnership under military auspicies of Sparkman & Stephens and General Motors Corporation during World War II for transporting goods and troops over land and water and for use approaching and crossing beaches in amphibious attacks.

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German Sd. Kfz. 167 Sturmgeschutz IV Assault Gun with Schurzen Side Armor Skirts - Sturmgeschutzbrigade 912, Latvia, May 1945 German Sd. Kfz. 167 Sturmgeschutz IV Assault Gun with Schurzen Side Armor Skirts - Sturmgeschutzbrigade 912, Latvia, May 1945 (1:43 Scale)

The German Sturmgeschutz (StuG) was one of the most successful armored fighting vehicles of the Second World War. It arose from an original concept of the pre-war panzer divisions, whereby a special vehicle for infantry support work was planned.

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The Humber armoured car was one of the most widely produced British armoured cars of the Second World War. It supplemented the Humber Light Reconnaissance Car and remained in service until the end of the war. Made by the Rootes Group, the Humber was essentially a combination of the Karrier KT 4 artillery tractor chassis and the armoured body of the Guy armoured car.

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US M10 Tank Destroyer - 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Italy, 1944 US M10 Tank Destroyer - 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Italy, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

The M10 were, numerically, the most important US tank destroyer of World War II. In its combat debut in the North African campaign, the M10 was successful as its M7 3-inch gun could penetrate most German tanks then in service at long range.

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German Sd. Kfz. 171 PzKpfw V Panther Ausf. G Medium Tank with Zimmerit - Red 211, Unidentified Unit, Italy, 1944 German Sd. Kfz. 171 PzKpfw V Panther Ausf. G Medium Tank with Zimmerit - "Red 211", Unidentified Unit, Italy, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

In many respects, the Panther tank was viewed as the finest armored fighting vehicle of the Second World War. Based in large part upon the Soviet's highly successful T-34 medium tank, the PzKpfw V Ausfuhrung G was built by several manufacturers including MAN, Daimler-Benz and MNH.

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US M10 "Duckbill" Tank Destroyer - 'Corsair II,' 612th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Italy, 1944 US M10 "Duckbill" Tank Destroyer - "Corsair II," 612th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Italy, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

The M10 were, numerically, the most important US tank destroyer of World War II. In its combat debut in the North African campaign, the M10 was successful as its M7 3-inch gun could penetrate most German tanks then in service at long range.

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Special Edition German Sd. Kfz. 184 Elefant Heavy Tank Destroyer - schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 653, Italy, 1943 Special Edition German Sd. Kfz. 184 Elefant Heavy Tank Destroyer - schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 653, Italy, 1943 (1:72 Scale)

The Elefant (Elephant) stemmed from the Porsche design for the PzKpfw VI Tiger. Henschel was awarded the contract for the new tank, but it was decided to use the Porsche design as a tank destroyer. Hitler demanded that the new vehicle be ready for the 1943 offensive on the Russian front, so development was rather hurried.

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German Sd. Kfz. 185 Bergetiger Recovery Vehicle - schwere Panzer Abteilung 508, Italy, 1944 German Sd. Kfz. 185 Bergetiger Recovery Vehicle - schwere Panzer Abteilung 508, Italy, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

In 1944, three Tiger I tanks were field converted by the sPzAbt 509 to recovery vehicles and redesignated Bergepanzer Tiger. In November of 1944, all three were transferred to the sPzAbt 501.

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British M7 HMC Priest Self-Propelled Gun - A Troop, 22nd Battery, 24th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, Anzio, May 1944 British M7 HMC Priest Self-Propelled Gun - A Troop, 22nd Battery, 24th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, Anzio, May 1944 (1:72 Scale)

Nicknamed the 'Priest' by British crews because of its pulpit-shaped machine-gun turret at the front, the M7 grew from US experience with howitzers mounted on half-tracked vehicles. The War Department soon realized that a fully tracked carriage was required, and the M3 tank was modified to fill the role.

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US M10 Tank Destroyer - 894th Tank Destroyer Battalion, Anzio, Italy, February 1944 US M10 Tank Destroyer - 894th Tank Destroyer Battalion, Anzio, Italy, February 1944 (1:72 Scale)

The M10 were, numerically, the most important US tank destroyer of World War II. In its combat debut in the North African campaign, the M10 was successful as its M7 3-inch gun could penetrate most German tanks then in service at long range.

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Italian SS Commander Italian SS Commander (1:30 Scale)

The 29th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Italian) or Legione SS Italiana was created on 10 February 1945 as the second SS-Division numbered 29. The first on the 29th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Russian), was disbanded.

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Italian SS MG Team Italian SS MG Team (1:30 Scale)

The 29th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Italian) or Legione SS Italiana was created on 10 February 1945 as the second SS-Division numbered 29. The first on the 29th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Russian), was disbanded.

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Italian SS Attacking Italian SS Attacking (1:30 Scale)

The 29th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Italian) or Legione SS Italiana was created on 10 February 1945 as the second SS-Division numbered 29. The first on the 29th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Russian), was disbanded.

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Italian SS Advancing Italian SS Advancing (1:30 Scale)

The 29th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Italian) or Legione SS Italiana was created on 10 February 1945 as the second SS-Division numbered 29. The first on the 29th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Russian), was disbanded.

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