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German armour from WW2; The feared Panzers

from a captured German officer struggling to explain how he found himself a prisoner of war: " I cannot understand you Australians. In Poland, France and Belgium once the tanks got through the soldiers took it for granted they were beaten. But you are like demons. The tanks break through and your infantry keeps fighting."
Cuff badge of Rommel's Afrika Korps, who were frustrated at Tobruk and beaten at El Alemein by the men of the 6th, 7th and 9th Australian Divisions.  Cuff badge of German troops who served in Africa.  

Note the machine gun mounted on the side-car of the 3 man recon vehicle. These motorcycle units were always part of a Panzer Division. there were whole battalions of them, acting as recon, quick anti infantry support and communication.

Field Marshal Erwin Rommel "The Desert Fox", Hitler's best Panzer General.

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<<< 1941-04-30. Tobruk. Colonel F.A. Burrows (2/13th) examining a tank captured by his unit. This tank, a German, was put out of action by rifle fire as it approached the outer defences of Tobruk on a reconnaissance. (negative by F. Hurley).

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Sd Kfz 251/B which is displayed in the Bovington Tank Museum. photo Jonathon Smith


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