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New!  German Sd. Kfz. 121 PzKpfw II Ausf. C Light Tank - 5.Leichte Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Libya, March 1941 (1:43 Scale)
German Sd. Kfz. 121 PzKpfw II Ausf. C Light Tank - 5.Leichte Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Libya, March 1941

Altaya German Sd. Kfz. 121 PzKpfw II Ausf. C Light Tank - 5.Leichte Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Libya, March 1941




 
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Altaya ALT00093 German Sd. Kfz. 121 PzKpfw II Ausf. C Light Tank - 5.Leichte Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, Libya, March 1941 (1:43 Scale) "If the tank succeeds, then victory follows."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"

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. The design period was very short: the initial order for a tank design in the 10-ton class was issued by the Waffenamt in July 1934, and the first complete soft steel prototype was put through its paces in October 1935. Unfortunately, many of the teething problems had not been worked out when rapid expansion of the panzerwaffe and international politics forced the decision to order a comparatively large number of PzKpfw IIs. First issued to Panzer units in the spring of 1936, the PzKpfw II was armed with a 2cm KwK L/55 gun and was crewed by three men.

Pictured here is a 1:43 scale replica of a German Sd. Kfz. 121 PzKpfw II Ausf. C light tank that was attached to the 5.Leichte Division, Deutsches Afrika Korps, then deployed to Libya during March 1941. Pre-order! Ship Date: 2020.

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Historical Account: "Blocking Force" - The Italian army group in North Africa was routed by the British Commonwealth Western Desert Force in Operation Compass December 9th, 1940 - February 9th, 1941, under General Wavel. The German Armed Forces High Command (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht) decided to send a "blocking force" to Libya to support the Italian army, commanded by the future Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. The German blocking force at first was based only on Panzer Regiment 5, which was put together from the second regiment of the 3rd Panzer Division. These elements were organized into the 5.Leichte Division when they arrived in Africa from February 10th - March 12th, 1941. On March 2nd, 1941, the first 8.8 cm "88" dual purpose anti-aircraft/anti-tank artillery, guns arrived and provided much needed firepower. In late April and into May, the 5th Light Division was joined by elements of 15th Panzer Division forming the Afrika Korps. In late summer the 90th Light Infantry Division was formed and joined the Africa Corps. On August 15th, 1941, the 5th Light Division was redesignated 21.Panzer Division.

Although the DAK commander, Erwin Rommel, was under strict orders to remain on the defensive, he ordered an attack on March 31st, 1941, by the 5.Leichte and 4th Italian divisions, which was a big success, as the British began a retreat that would, by April, see German forces pushing into Egypt after an advance of some 600 miles (970 km).

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Rotating turret
  • Elevating gun
  • Static tracks
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with acrylic display case

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