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Fortress Tunisia (November 1942 - May 1943)

Fortress Tunisia (November 1942 - May 1943)



The Tunisia Campaign (also known as the Battle of Tunisia) was a series of battles that took place in Tunisia during the North African Campaign of the Second World War, between Axis and Allied forces. The Allies consisted primarily of British Imperial Forces along with American and the French Army. The battle opened with initial success by the German and Italian forces, but the massive supply and numerical superiority of the Allies led to the Axis's complete defeat. Over 230,000 German and Italian troops were taken as prisoners of war, including most of the Afrika Korps.
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US M3 Lee Medium Tank - "Kentucky", 1st Armored Division, Souk-el Khemis, Tunisia, December 1942 US M3 Lee Medium Tank - "Kentucky", 1st Armored Division, Souk-el Khemis, Tunisia, December 1942 (1:72 Scale)

Designed as a stopgap measure until the M4 Sherman tank could come on line, the M3 General Grant medium tank saw action in the North African campaign with both US and British forces battling the Afrika Korps. The M3 tank was unusual because it mounted two large caliber weapons in the body of the vehicle.

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US M3 Lee Medium Tank - 2nd Company, 13th Armored Regiment (Kentucky), 1st Armored Division, Tunisia, 1942 US M3 Lee Medium Tank - 2nd Company, 13th Armored Regiment ("Kentucky"), 1st Armored Division, Tunisia, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

Designed as a stopgap measure until the M4 Sherman tank could come on line, the M3 General Grant medium tank saw action in the North African campaign with both US and British forces battling the Afrika Korps. The M3 tank was unusual because it mounted two large caliber weapons in the body of the vehicle.

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New Zealand M3A1 Scout Car - 27th Battery, 5th Field Regiment, Regiment of New Zealand Artillery, Enfidaville, Tunisia, 1943 New Zealand M3A1 Scout Car - 27th Battery, 5th Field Regiment, Regiment of New Zealand Artillery, Enfidaville, Tunisia, 1943 (1:43 Scale)

As military vehicles go, the White M3A1 scout car was relatively short-lived during the war. First produced in 1938, it was basically obsolete as a front line vehicle after the North African campaign because of its limited seating capacity.

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US Army M3 Lee Medium Tank - 1st Armored Division, Souk El Khemis, Tunisia, 1942 US Army M3 Lee Medium Tank - 1st Armored Division, Souk El Khemis, Tunisia, 1942 (1:43 Scale)

Designed as a stopgap measure until the M4 Sherman tank could come on line, the M3 General Grant medium tank saw action in the North African campaign with both US and British forces battling the Afrika Korps. The M3 tank was unusual because it mounted two large caliber weapons in the body of the vehicle.

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US M3 Lee Medium Tank - 1st Armored Division, Tunisia, 1942 US M3 Lee Medium Tank - 1st Armored Division, Tunisia, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

Designed as a stopgap measure until the M4 Sherman tank could come on line, the M3 General Grant medium tank saw action in the North African campaign with both US and British forces battling the Afrika Korps. The M3 tank was unusual because it mounted two large caliber weapons in the body of the vehicle.

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US Willys Jeep with 37mm Anti-Tank Gun - 3rd Battalion, 1st Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Tunisia, 1943 US Willys Jeep with 37mm Anti-Tank Gun - 3rd Battalion, 1st Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Tunisia, 1943 (1:72 Scale)

Developed by the Quartermaster Corps, the jeep and other motor transport vehicles were transferred to the Ordnance Department in August 1942. Despite its lightweight, the jeep could perform a variety of functions, including towing a 37mm antitank gun over a 7% grade.

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British Churchill Mk. IV Infantry Tank - A Squadron, North Irish Horse, Tunisia, 1943 British Churchill Mk. IV Infantry Tank - A Squadron, North Irish Horse, Tunisia, 1943 (1:72 Scale)

The "Churchill" began life as a 1939 requirement that envisaged a return to trench-warfare, and was therefore slow and heavily armored like the Russian KV-1 series. That said, the final Churchill prototype was much lighter than had first been thought acceptable, although it still resembled a World War I tank in appearance.

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German Sd. Kfz. 121 PzKpfw II Ausf. F Light Tank - 7.Panzer Regiment, 10.Panzer Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, 1943 German Sd. Kfz. 121 PzKpfw II Ausf. F Light Tank - 7.Panzer Regiment, 10.Panzer Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, 1943 (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. 121 PzKpfw II Ausf. F Light Tank - 6.Panzer Division, Kursk, Russia, 1943 German Sd. Kfz. 121 PzKpfw II Ausf. F Light Tank - 6.Panzer Division, Kursk, Russia, 1943 (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 VW-82 Kubelwagen - Maintenance Unit, HQ Company, schwere Panzerabteilung 501, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, 1943 German VW-82 Kubelwagen - Maintenance Unit, HQ Company, schwere Panzerabteilung 501, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, 1943 (1:48 Scale)

Built by Volkswagen, the simple yet reliable Kubelwagen ("bucket car") was the German equivalent of the American Jeep. This nimble four-seater, based on Ferdinand Porsche's original "People's Car" design of the 1930's, used the same rear-mounted, aircooled engine to drive the rear wheels.

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German VW-82 Kubelwagen - OTTO, Hans Joachim Marseille, Staffelkapitan of 3./Jagdgeschwader 27, North Africa, 1942 German VW-82 Kubelwagen - "OTTO," Oberleutnant Hans Joachim Marseille, Staffelkapitan of 3./Jagdgeschwader 27, North Africa, 1942 (1:48 Scale)

Built by Volkswagen, the simple yet reliable Kubelwagen ("bucket car") was the German equivalent of the American Jeep. This nimble four-seater, based on Ferdinand Porsche's original "People's Car" design of the 1930's, used the same rear-mounted, aircooled engine to drive the rear wheels.

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German VW-82 Kubelwagen - Panzer Armeeoberkommando Afrika, Libya, 1942 German VW-82 Kubelwagen - Panzer Armeeoberkommando Afrika, Libya, 1942 (1:48 Scale)

Built by Volkswagen, the simple yet reliable Kubelwagen ("bucket car") was the German equivalent of the American Jeep. This nimble four-seater, based on Ferdinand Porsche's original "People's Car" design of the 1930's, used the same rear-mounted, aircooled engine to drive the rear wheels.

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British Churchill Mk. III Infantry Tank - 145 Regiment RAC (Duke of Wellington), Tunisia, North Africa, 1943 British Churchill Mk. III Infantry Tank - 145 Regiment RAC (Duke of Wellington), Tunisia, North Africa, 1943 (1:50 Scale)

The "Churchill" began life as a 1939 requirement that envisaged a return to trench-warfare, and was therefore slow and heavily armored like the Russian KV-1 series. That said, the final Churchill prototype was much lighter than had first been thought acceptable, although it still resembled a World War I tank in appearance.

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German Sd. Kfz. 141 PzKpfw III Ausf. N Medium Tank - schwere Panzerabteilung 501, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, 1942-43 German Sd. Kfz. 141 PzKpfw III Ausf. N Medium Tank - schwere Panzerabteilung 501, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, 1942-'43 (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. N Medium Tank - schwere Panzerabteilung 501, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, 1942-43 German Sd. Kfz. 141 PzKpfw III Ausf. N Medium Tank - schwere Panzerabteilung 501, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, 1942-'43 (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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"The Battle of Kasserine Pass" German Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G Medium Tank - 7.Panzer Regiment, 10.Panzer Division, Deutsche Afrika Korps and US M3 Lee Medium Tank - 13th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Tunisia, 1943 "The Battle of Kasserine Pass" - German Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G Medium Tank - 7.Panzer Regiment, 10.Panzer Division, Deutsche Afrika Korps and US M3 Lee Medium Tank - 13th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Tunisia, 1943 (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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US M3 Lee Medium Tank - 2nd Company, 13th Armored Regiment (Kentucky), 1st Armored Division, Tunisia, 1942 US M3 Lee Medium Tank - 2nd Company, 13th Armored Regiment ("Kentucky"), 1st Armored Division, Tunisia, 1942 (1:32 Scale)

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German Sd. Kfz. 139 Marder III Ausf. H Tank Destroyer with PaK36 Anti-Tank Gun - 21.Panzer Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, March 1943 German Sd. Kfz. 139 Marder III Ausf. H Tank Destroyer with PaK36 Anti-Tank Gun - 21.Panzer Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Tunisia, March 1943 (1:48 Scale)

On December 22nd, 1941, the German Weapons Department was ordered to produce an effective self-propelled anti-tank gun for use on the Eastern front. The Czechoslovakian 38(t) chassis was used as the basis for the vehicle.

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German Early Production Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Heavy Tank - schwere Panzerabteilung 501, Tunisia, 1942 German Early Production Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Heavy Tank - schwere Panzerabteilung 501, Tunisia, 1942 (1:35 Scale)

The German Waffenamt issued an order to design the VK4501(H) (as the PzKpfw VI Ausf. E was then known) in May 1941, just one month prior to the commencement of Operation Barbarossa.

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US M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank - 1st Armored Division, Tunisia, 1943 US M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank - 1st Armored Division, Tunisia, 1943 (1:35 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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