Post by Michael Miller on Sept 16, 2014 2:55:25 GMT
German Armored Vehicles and Artillery
Pz I Light Tank (SdKfz 101)
Pz II Light Tank (SdKfz 121)
Pz III Ausf. E Medium Tank (SdKfz 141)
Pz III Ausf. J (Special)
Pz IV Ausf. D (SdKfz 161)
Pz IV F2 (Special)
7.5 cm (IG18) Light Infantry Gun
10.5 cm (sK18) Medium Gun
10.5 cm (leFH18) Light Field Howitzer
15 cm (sIG33) Medium Infantry Gun
15 cm (sFH18) Medium Field Howitzer
15 cm (K18) Gun
155 mm (French 1915 short)
17 cm (K18) Gun
21 cm (mrs18) Howitzer – obviously with the snow this would not be from North Africa...
10.5 cm SP leFH18/40 Howitzer on French Lorraine chassis [Information on this variant is sparse. One source suggests only 12 were built. Other similarly converted vehicles may have been used alongside these.]
Sd. Kfz 135 15 cm sFH 13/1 on French Lorraine chassis [Many thanks to Peter Dietrich for the information regarding both examples of German self-propelled artillery depicted here.]
2.8 cm s.Pz.B.41 (28/20 Pak "squeeze bore")
3.7 cm Pak35/36
5 cm Pak 38
7.62 cm Pak 36(r) [Captured Soviet anti-tank guns rechambered for German 7.5 cm ammunition. An earlier version designated FK36(r) also saw service in Africa; it retained use of the Soviet ammunition.]
PanzerJager I Tank Destroyer
Marder III Tank Destroyer [These came in several versions and varied somewhat in appearance. It is not certain exactly which is depicted here.]
Post by Michael Miller on Sept 16, 2014 12:52:06 GMT
This video gives one an idea of what even a small truck convoy looked like. Now imagine this stretched over hundreds of miles in mostly empty desert. It reminds me why I find this campaign so fascinating.
"It says much for Carton de Wiart's character that despite being one of the most battle-scarred soldiers in the history of the British Army, he wrote in his autobiography: 'Frankly, I had enjoyed the war.'"
And one more:
"He received the Victoria Cross, the highest British military award for gallantry, for his actions at La Boiselle. He, however, declined to even mention the medal in his autobiography, later telling a friend that 'it had been won by the 8th Glosters, for every man has done as much as I have'".