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Decision in the Desert (February 1941 - Oct. 1942)

Decision in the Desert (February 1941 - Oct. 1942)



The German Africa 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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Italian Macchi C.202 Folgore Fighter - Capt. Carlo Maurizio Ruspoli, 91 Squadriglia, 10 Gruppo, 4 Stormo, Fuka, Egypt, 1942 Italian Macchi C.202 Folgore Fighter - Capt. Carlo Maurizio Ruspoli, 91 Squadriglia, 10 Gruppo, 4 Stormo, Fuka, Egypt, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

The Macchi C.202 Folgore (Italian "thunderbolt") was a World War II fighter aircraft built by Macchi Aeronautica and operated by the Regia Aeronautica (RA; Royal (Italian) Air Force).

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German Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun Touring Aircraft - Rommel's Desert Taxi, North Africa, 1942 German Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun Touring Aircraft - "Rommel's Desert Taxi," North Africa, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

The Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun is a German single-engine sports and touring aircraft developed by Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (Bavarian Aircraft Works) in the 1930s. The Bf 108 is of all-metal construction.

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German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 Fighter - Lt. Heinz Ludemann, Black 6, 8./Jagdgeschwader 77, Gambut, Libya, November 1942 German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 Fighter - Lt. Heinz Ludemann, "Black 6", 8./Jagdgeschwader 77, Gambut, Libya, November 1942 (1:72 Scale)

Numerically the most abundant fighter produced by either side during WWII, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 formed the backbone of the Jagdwaffe on both the eastern and western fronts, as well as in the Mediterranean and North Africa. Of the eight distinct sub-types within the huge Bf 109 family, the most populous was the G-model, of which over 30,000 were built between 1941-45.

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German Fieseler Fi 156 Storch Reconnaissance Aircraft - Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel, Deutsches Afrika Korps, North Africa, 1942 German Fieseler Fi 156 Storch Reconnaissance Aircraft - Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel, Deutsches Afrika Korps, North Africa, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

The Fieseler Fi 156 Storch (stork) was a small German liaison aircraft built by Fieseler before and during World War II, and production continued in other countries into the 1950s for the private market. It remains famous to this day for its excellent STOL performance, and French-built later variants often appear at air shows.

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German Messerschmitt Bf 110E-2 Fighter - 8./Zerstorergeschwader 26, North Africa, 1941 German Messerschmitt Bf 110E-2 Fighter - 8./Zerstorergeschwader 26, North Africa, 1941 (1:72 Scale)

The Messerschmitt Bf 110 was an aircraft of very mixed fortunes. It has often been criticized for its failure during the Battle of Britain, while its successes in other fields have been largely ignored.

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German Messerschmitt Bf 109F Fighter - Fran Schwaiger, VI./ Jagdgeschwader 3, Castel Benito, Libya, 1942 German Messerschmitt Bf 109F Fighter - Fran Schwaiger, VI./ Jagdgeschwader 3, Castel Benito, Libya, 1942 (1:48 Scale)

Designed to replace the popular Bf 109E "Emil" fighter, the Bf 109F "Franz" was viewed at first with some skepticism by its wary pilots. Powered by a Daimler-Benz DB 600 piston engine and equipped with all sorts of forward firing machine guns and cannons, the Bf 109F nevertheless became a lethal killing machine in its own right, especially when it was handled by a skilled airman.

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German Junkers Ju-87B Stuka Dive-Bomber - 3./Stukageschwader 1, Wasser, North Africa, 1941 German Junkers Ju-87B Stuka Dive-Bomber - 3./Stukageschwader 1, "Wasser", North Africa, 1941 (1:48 Scale)

During the early to mid-stages of the Second World War, the Stuka (short for "sturzkampfflugzeug" or dive-bomber) struck terror in the hearts and minds of soldiers and civilians alike. The Stuka was a rugged machine, designed to swoop down and destroy its target using 500-lb bombs or tear into them using 37mm flak guns mounted underneath the wings.

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German Junkers Ju 87B Stuka Dive-Bomber - 6./Stukageschwader 2, Tmimi, Libya, July 1941 German Junkers Ju 87B Stuka Dive-Bomber - 6./Stukageschwader 2, Tmimi, Libya, July 1941 (1:48 Scale)

During the early to mid-stages of the Second World War, the Stuka (short for "sturzkampfflugzeug" or dive-bomber) struck terror in the hearts and minds of soldiers and civilians alike. The Stuka was a rugged machine, designed to swoop down and destroy its target using 500-lb bombs or tear into them using 37mm flak guns mounted underneath the wings.

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German Heinkel He 111H-6 Medium Bomber - Sturzkampfgeschwader 3, Derna, Libya, 1941 German Heinkel He 111H-6 Medium Bomber - Sturzkampfgeschwader 3, Derna, Libya, 1941 (1:72 Scale)

When World War I ended, the German Air Force was disbanded under the Treaty of Versailles, which required the German government to abandon all military aviation by October 1st, 1919.

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German Dornier Do 17Z-1 Light Bomber - Horst Wessel, Zerstorergeschwader 26, Libya, Western Desert, 1941-42 German Dornier Do 17Z-1 Light Bomber - 'Horst Wessel', Zerstorergeschwader 26, Libya, Western Desert, 1941-'42 (1:72 Scale)

The Dornier Do 17, sometimes referred to as the Fliegender Bleistift ("flying pencil"), was a World War II German light bomber produced by Claudius Dornier's company, Dornier Flugzeugwerke. It was designed as a Schnellbomber, a light bomber, which in theory, would be so fast that it could outrun defending fighter aircraft.

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German Dornier Do 17 Light Bomber - 5K+AR, 7 Staffel, III Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 3, August 1940 German Dornier Do 17 Light Bomber - 5K+AR, 7 Staffel, III Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 3, August 1940 (1:72 Scale)

The Dornier Do 17, sometimes referred to as the Fliegender Bleistift ("flying pencil"), was a World War II German light bomber produced by Claudius Dornier's company, Dornier Flugzeugwerke. It was designed as a Schnellbomber, a light bomber, which in theory, would be so fast that it could outrun defending fighter aircraft.

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