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Panzers Rollen in Afrika Vor (February 1941 - October 1942)

Panzers Rollen in Afrika Vor (February 1941 - October 1942)



The German Afrika Korps was the German expeditionary force in Libya and Tunisia during the North African Campaign of World War II. The force was kept as a distinct formation and became the main German contribution to Panzer Army Africa which evolved into the German-Italian Panzer Army (Deutsch-Italienische Panzerarmee) and Army Group Africa.
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British Army Austin Tilly Light Truck - 11th African Division, Sudan, 1941 British Army Austin Tilly Light Truck - 11th African Division, Sudan, 1941 (1:76 Scale)

Tilly (from "Utility") was the name given to a number of British military vehicles produced during World War II from civilian car designs and used by all of the armed forces in most theatres of that conflict.

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German Sd. Kfz. 250/5 Light Command Half-Track - Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tobruk, Libya, 1942 German Sd. Kfz. 250/5 Light Command Half-Track - Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tobruk, Libya, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

The Sd. Kfz. 250 was a light armored halftrack, very similar in appearance to the larger Hanomag-designed Sdkfz 251, and built by the DEMAG firm, for use by Nazi Germany in World War II. The 250 had 4 roadwheels and a cargo capacity of one ton.

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British Crusader Mk. VIA Medium Tank - 7th Armoured Division "The Desert Rats", North Africa, 1942 British Crusader Mk. VIA Medium Tank - 7th Armoured Division "The Desert Rats", North Africa, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

The Tank, Cruiser, Mk VI Crusader was one of the primary British cruiser tanks of the Second World War and perhaps the most important British tank of the North African Campaign. However, due to its reputation for unreliability and relatively thin armour, it was replaced by American tanks for the invasion of Italy. Over 5,300 were built.

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German Sd. Kfz.121 PzKpfw II Ausf.F Light Tank - 21.Panzer Division, Gambur, Libya, 1941 German Sd. Kfz.121 PzKpfw II Ausf.F Light Tank - 21.Panzer Division, Gambur, Libya, 1941 (1:72 Scale)

Originally identified as the '2cm MG Panzerwagen', the PzKpfw II light tank was designed to supplement the PzKpfw I by providing an automatic weapon capable of firing both a high explosive round and an armor piercing round.

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German Opel Blitz 3-Ton Cargo Truck - 21.Panzer Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, North Africa, 1942 German Opel Blitz 3-Ton Cargo Truck - 21.Panzer Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, North Africa, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

The 3-ton Opel "Blitz" truck was the Wehrmacht's principal general-purpose truck during the Second World War. The engine was a water-cooled, straight-six OHV gasoline unit of 3.6 liters that was fueled by a 21.6 gallon gasoline tank situated under the driver's seat.

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German Sd. Kfz. 250/3 Light Command Half-Track - Grief, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tobruk, Libya, 1941 German Sd. Kfz. 250/3 Light Command Half-Track - 'Grief', Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tobruk, Libya, 1941 (1:72 Scale)

The Sd. Kfz. 250 was a light armored halftrack, very similar in appearance to the larger Hanomag-designed Sdkfz 251, and built by the DEMAG firm, for use by Nazi Germany in World War II. The 250 had 4 roadwheels and a cargo capacity of one ton.

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British Crusader Medium Tank - 7th Armored Division "Desert Rats", Operation Battleaxe, Libya, North Africa, June 1941 British Crusader Medium Tank - 7th Armored Division "Desert Rats", Operation Battleaxe, Libya, North Africa, June 1941 (1:72 Scale)

The Tank, Cruiser, Mk VI Crusader was one of the primary British cruiser tanks of the Second World War and perhaps the most important British tank of the North African Campaign. However, due to its reputation for unreliability and relatively thin armour, it was replaced by American tanks for the invasion of Italy. Over 5,300 were built.

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German Sd. Kfz. 251/10 Ausf. C Half-Track w/3.7cm PaK Gun - Unidentified Unit, El Alamein, 1942 German Sd. Kfz. 251/10 Ausf. C Half-Track w/3.7cm PaK Gun - Unidentified Unit, El Alamein, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

The Sonderkraftfahrzeug (Sd. Kfz.) 251 half-track had its origins in the same requirement as the smaller and lighter Sd. Kfz. 250. Intended as an armored personnel carrier, the Sd. Kfz. 251 entered service in 1939, and quickly became the standard means of transport for the panzergrenadiers.

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German Opel Blitz 3-Ton Cargo Truck - 21.Panzer Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, North Africa, 1942 German Opel Blitz 3-Ton Cargo Truck - 21.Panzer Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, North Africa, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

The 3-ton Opel "Blitz" truck was the Wehrmacht's principal general-purpose truck during the Second World War. The engine was a water-cooled, straight-six OHV gasoline unit of 3.6 liters that was fueled by a 21.6 gallon gasoline tank situated under the driver's seat.

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German Sd. Kfz. 121 PzKpfw II Ausf. C Light Tank - Panzer Regiment 8, 15.Panzer Division, Libya, 1941 German Sd. Kfz. 121 PzKpfw II Ausf. C Light Tank - Panzer Regiment 8, 15.Panzer Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Libya, 1941 (1:72 Scale)

Originally identified as the '2cm MG Panzerwagen', the PzKpfw II light tank was designed to supplement the PzKpfw I by providing an automatic weapon capable of firing both a high explosive round and an armor piercing round.

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German Sd. Kfz. 139 Marder III Ausf. H Tank Destroyer with PaK36 Anti-Tank Gun - Panzerjager Abteilung 33, 15.Panzer Division, North Africa, 1942 German Sd. Kfz. 139 Marder III Ausf. H Tank Destroyer with PaK36 Anti-Tank Gun - Panzerjager Abteilung 33, 15.Panzer Division, North Africa, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

Originally designated the Panzerselbstfahrlafette 2 x 7.62 cm PaK 36, Hitler changed its name to Marder III on February 27th, 1944. Production started on March 24th, 1942 at the Bahmisch-Mahrische Maschinenfabrik AG factory in Prague.

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Italian M13/40 Medium Tank - 132 Divisione Corazzata "Ariete," El Alamein, Egypt, July 1942 Italian M13/40 Medium Tank - 132 Divisione Corazzata "Ariete," El Alamein, Egypt, July 1942 (1:43 Scale)

The Fiat-Ansaldo M13/40 was an Italian medium tank ("M" for Medio (medium) according to the Italian tank weight standards at the time: 13 tonnes was the scheduled weight and 1940 the initial year of production), designed to replace the Fiat L3, the Fiat L6/40 and the Fiat M11/39 in the Italian Army at the start of World War II.

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German Sd.Kfz. 101 PzKpfw I Ausf. B Light Tank - Deutsches Afrika Korps, El Agheila, Libya, 1941 German Sd. Kfz. 101 PzKpfw I Ausf. B Light Tank - Deutsches Afrika Korps, El Agheila, Libya, 1941 (1:43 Scale)

The Panzer I was a light tank produced in Germany in the 1930s. The name is short for the German Panzerkampfwagen I ("armored fighting vehicle mark I"), abbreviated PzKpfw I. The tank's official German ordnance inventory designation was SdKfz 101 ("special purpose vehicle 101").

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German Opel Blitz 3-Ton Truck with 38mm Flakvierling Anti-Aircraft Gun - Deutsches Afrika Korps, Libya, 1941 German Opel Blitz 3-Ton Truck with 38mm Flakvierling Anti-Aircraft Gun - Deutsches Afrika Korps, Libya, 1941 (1:43 Scale)

The 3-ton Opel "Blitz" truck was the Wehrmacht's principal general-purpose truck during the Second World War. The engine was a water-cooled, straight-six OHV gasoline unit of 3.6 liters that was fueled by a 21.6 gallon gasoline tank situated under the driver's seat.

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German Sd. Kfz. 161 PzKpfw IV Ausf. D Medium Tank - 5.Leicht Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Libya, May 1941 German Sd. Kfz. 161 PzKpfw IV Ausf. D Medium Tank - 5.Leicht Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Libya, May 1941 (1:43 Scale)

Just one month prior to the commencement of "Operation Typhoon" (the German assault on Moscow) the Waffenamt was scheduled to begin installing the long-barreled 7.5cm KwK gun on its new Mark IV Ausf G tanks.

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German Sd. Kfz. 223 Light Armored Car - 21.Panzer Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, North Africa, 1941 German Sd. Kfz. 223 Light Armored Car - 21.Panzer Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, North Africa, 1941 (1:72 Scale)

The Leichter Panzerspahwagen (roughly "Light Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle") were a series of light 4 x 4 armored cars produced by Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1944.

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German Sd. Kfz. 222 Light Armored Car - Unidentified Unit, Deutsches Afrika Korps, North Africa, 1942 German Sd. Kfz. 222 Light Armored Car - Unidentified Unit, Deutsches Afrika Korps, North Africa, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

The Leichter Panzerspahwagen (roughly "Light Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle") were a series of light 4 x 4 armored cars produced by Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1944.

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German Sd. Kfz. 161 PzKpfw IV Ausf. F1 Medium Tank - 15.Panzer Division, Libya, 1942 German Sd. Kfz. 161 PzKpfw IV Ausf. F1 Medium Tank - 15.Panzer Division, Libya, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

Just one month prior to the commencement of "Operation Typhoon" (the German assault on Moscow) the Waffenamt was scheduled to begin installing the long-barreled 7.5cm KwK gun on its new Mark IV Ausf G tanks.

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German Sd. Kfz. 141 PzKpfw III Ausf. N Medium Tank - 15.Panzer Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, North Africa, 1943 German Sd. Kfz. 141 PzKpfw III Ausf. N Medium Tank - 15.Panzer Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, North Africa, 1943 (1:72 Scale)

As early as 1934/35, General Heinz Guderian envisioned two basic types of armor to act as the lead elements of the future German Panzer Divisions. The first vehicle was to be armed with an anti-tank gun and two machine guns while the second one was to be a support vehicle, armed with a larger caliber gun.

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German Sd. Kfz. 141 PzKpfw III Ausf. L Medium Tank - 10.Panzer Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, North Africa, 1942 German Sd. Kfz. 141 PzKpfw III Ausf. L Medium Tank - 10.Panzer Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, North Africa, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

As early as 1934/35, General Heinz Guderian envisioned two basic types of armor to act as the lead elements of the future German Panzer Divisions. The first vehicle was to be armed with an anti-tank gun and two machine guns while the second one was to be a support vehicle, armed with a larger caliber gun.

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German 88mm Flak 18/36 Anti-Aircraft Gun - 15.Panzer Division, Libya, 1942 German 88mm Flak 18/36 Anti-Aircraft Gun - 15.Panzer Division, Libya, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

Originally developed as an anti-aircraft gun, the 8.8cm FLugzeugAbwehrKanone ("Flak") was first employed in the anti-tank gun role in 1936, when the German Condor Legion was testing out its equipment during the Spanish Civil War.

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German 88mm Flak 36/37 Anti-Aircraft Gun - 19.FLaK Division, El Alamein, 1942 German 88mm Flak 36/37 Anti-Aircraft Gun - 19.FLaK Division, El Alamein, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

Originally developed as an anti-aircraft gun, the 8.8cm FLugzeugAbwehrKanone ("Flak") was first employed in the anti-tank gun role in 1936, when the German Condor Legion was testing out its equipment during the Spanish Civil War.

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German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel - Afrika Korps German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel - Afrika Korps (1:30 Scale)

Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel (November 15th, 1891 - October 14th, 1944) was one of the most distinguished German field marshals of World War II.

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German Horch 108 Type 1A Command Car with 20mm FlaK Gun - 71.Infanterie Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Libya, 1941 German Horch 108 Type 1A Command Car with 20mm FlaK Gun - 71.Infanterie Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Libya, 1941 (1:72 Scale)

One of the problems presented by the original policy of purchasing commercially based vehicles for military usage was the vast diversity of makes taken on to the inventory, and the associated maintenance and spares supply problem. Different makes of engine, transmission, chassis, and so on meant that the stock of spares needed was immense.

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German Sd. Kfz. 222 Light Armored Car - Siegfried, 1.Kompanie, 3.Aufklarung Abteilung, 5.Leicht Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, North Africa, March 1941 German Sd. Kfz. 222 Light Armored Car - 'Siegfried', 1.Kompanie, 3.Aufklarung Abteilung, 5.Leicht Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, North Africa, March 1941 (1:48 Scale)

The Leichter Panzerspahwagen (roughly "Light Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle") were a series of light 4 x 4 armored cars produced by Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1944.

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British Tilly Br L 10hp Light Utility Car - M1137629, Unknown Unit, North Africa, 1942 British Tilly Br L 10hp Light Utility Car - M1137629, Unknown Unit, North Africa, 1942 (1:48 Scale)

Tilly (from "Utility") was the name given to a number of British vehicles produced during the Second World War from civilian car designs. As an expediency British car manufacturers adapted civilian saloon designs to be fitted with a simple rear loading area to give the Car, Light Utility.

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British Bedford QLD Supply Truck - 49th Field Park Unit, 3rd Infantry Division, Libya, 1942 British Bedford QLD Supply Truck - 49th Field Park Unit, 3rd Infantry Division, Libya, 1942 (1:50 Scale)

The Bedford QLT lorry was the most common British-made 4x4 truck produced, with over 52,000 supplied to the British Forces between 1941 and 1945. Many of these later continued in service with the British Army in Cyprus, Korea and Malaya.

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German Sd. Kfz. 2 NSU Kettenkrad Light Tractor - Ramcke Parachute Brigade, Deutsches Afrika Korps, North Africa, 1942 German Sd. Kfz. 2 NSU Kettenkrad Light Tractor - Ramcke Parachute Brigade, Deutsches Afrika Korps, North Africa, 1942 (1:48 Scale)

Featuring three forward and one reverse gear, the Kettenkraftrad was used in a variety of roles including a transportation vehicle, power generator, communications vehicle, and towing vehicle. Capable of towing up to 4-tons it was widely used to pull light artillery and other equipment, as well as aircraft when used by the Luftwaffe.

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German Sd. Kfz. 7 8-Ton Personnel Carrier / Prime Mover - Luftwaffe Feld Division, North Africa, 1942 German Sd. Kfz. 7 8-Ton Personnel Carrier / Prime Mover - Luftwaffe Feld Division, North Africa, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

Development of the Sd. Kfz. 7 can be traced back to a 1934 requirement for an 8-ton half-track. The vehicle first appeared in 1938 and was destined to be used mainly as the tractor for the 8.8cm flak gun. The Sd. Kfz. 7 was an extremely useful vehicle, employed both as a weapons carrier and prime mover by the Wehrmacht.

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German Opel Blitz with 20mm Flak Gun - Deutsches Afrika Korps, Libya, 1941 German Opel Blitz with 20mm Flak Gun - Deutsches Afrika Korps, Libya, 1941 (1:72 Scale)

The 3-ton Opel "Blitz" truck was the Wehrmacht's principal general-purpose truck during the Second World War. The engine was a water-cooled, straight-six OHV gasoline unit of 3.6 liters that was fueled by a 21.6 gallon gasoline tank situated under the driver's seat.

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