Rommel's Tanks in the Desert


Pz.I Ausf.A Sd.Kfz.101
Pz.I Ausf.A of Pz.Reg.5, 5.le.Div., in "German Gray" lightly overpainted with sand colour mix
Note air recognition flag on rear engine deck
Under British inspection...
Drowned in the desert...
Pz.I Flamethrower... action at the Tobruk boundary
Note spare roadwheel and "N.K.A.V." smoke discharger
On the march, still in plain German Gray
Entering Agedabia, late March 1941
Pz.I Ausf.B
Ausf.B of 21.Pz.Div., formerly 5.le.Div
Passing a captured B.I.T. Mk.2 "Matilda"
In company of a PzJg.I of 605th Panzerjäger Abteilung
On German 10-ton Sd.Anh.115 trailer and ...
... British/U.S. 45-ton M9 Rogers trailer
"Digger" examining damaged turret
Note cannister bracket on rear left fender
M3 "Grant" medium tank passing the burning Pz.I leftovers

PzBefWg.I Ausf.B Sd.Kfz.265
Sd.Kfz. 265 "Kleiner Panzerbefehlswagen", "Nachrichten-Zug", Stab 1./Pz.Reg.5, 21.Pz.Div.
Captured and shipped to U.K. for further inspection
Field maintenance and refitting
Rear turret box as trop modification
Passing a disabled B.I.T. Mk.2 "Matilda II"
Sd.Kfz. 265 "Kleiner Panzerbefehlswagen", Stab Pz.Reg.8, 15.Pz.Div., with "Motorschaden" (Engine defect)...
Desert burning...
...after successful British attack
After the Battle...

Pz.II Ausf.C Sd.Kfz.121
Pz.II Ausf.C "Black 8" of a Le.Kp., 8.Pz.Reg., 15.Pz.Div., Libya 1941 Horch Kfz.15 in the back right
Dodge T212 (D8A) PU to the far right
Note extra front and turret armour as well as...
...spare roadwheel on front glacis plate
All North-African Ausf.C with late-style turret cupola
Sign of the 21.Pz.Div., formerly 5.le.Div.
Note antenna pennant and Sd.Kfz.10 in the back
Famous images of Pz.II Ausf.C of Pz.Reg.5, 5.le.Div., on the advance thru Cyreneika
Usually no N.K.A.V.("Nebelkerzen-Abwurf-Vorrichtung") [wonderful German ;-), smoke discharger] used with Ausf.C
Lull in the fighting : Note rare N.K.A.V. smoke discharger
Pz.II belonging to staff of II./Pz.Reg.5, 5.le.Div.
Encounter in the oasis...

Pz.III Ausf.H Sd.Kfz.141

Pz.III Ausf.J Sd.Kfz.141
Additional 20mm thick Armour ("Vorpanzer") on turret and hull front
7./Pz.Reg.8, 15.Pz.Div., summer 1942
Pz.III Ausf.J(lg.) with Kw.K.39 L/60
Note incomplete "Vorpanzer" on turret front
2./Pz.Reg.8, 15.Pz.Div., El Alamein front

PzBefWg.III Ausf.H Sd.Kfz.267
Sd.Kfz. 267 "Grosser Panzerbefehlswagen", Stab Pz.Reg.8, 15.Pz.Div.
Personal tank of Oberstleutnant Hans Cramer - Commander Pr.Reg.8 in spring of 1941
Note jerry cans and sparewheels on the right fender, British ammo box on the left
Cramer leaning in his cupola, spring of 1941
A cold morning in the desert...
Pz.Bef.Wg.III Sd.Kfz.267 equipped with Radio Sets "Fu 6" and "Fu 8"
Note: Typical rear box on engine deck deliberately omitted in drawing
Hans Cramer (2nd left) confering with his crew
Hans Cramer proudly presenting his knights cross...
Receiving Rommel's orders...
Note: Typical rear box on engine deck once again omitted in drawing

Pz.IV Ausf.D/E Sd.Kfz.161
Pz.IV Ausf.D w/Additional Front and Side Armour
... leading a "Kuebelwagen" light car
Completely destroyed by the Tobruk artillery
Pz.IV Ausf.E w/Additional Front and Side Armour
"Black 8" of Pz.Reg.8, 15.Pz.Div., presenting 4 out of 5 crew members
"Black 8" after the battle, ...
... destroyed and burnt out, a total "write-off"
Another victim, under British inspection

Pz.IV Ausf.F2 Sd.Kfz.161
Red "215" of 2.Kp., I./Pz.Reg.5, 21.Pz.Div., El Alamein Sep 1942
You never can have enough jerry cans...
Towing a disabled Ford F.A.T.
Alam Halfa, Aug 31, 1942 - a Ridge too far...

StuG III Ausf.D Sd.Kfz.142

In May 1942, three Sturmgeschutz Ausf D of 5th Coy., Sonderverband 288 special purpose unit, arrived in North Africa on board of the freighter Thessalia. The unit participated in the Gazala battle, where one Stug was lost at Bir Hacheim while doing some scouting. Second Stug was lost during retreat after second battle of El Alamein after it ran out of fuel and third one was captured at Cape Bon in Tunis after being hit and abandoned. Two of these vehicles were taken to UK for examination, where one was scrapped and the other used for target practice.

Unloading the StuG off Thessalia
Meeting Gen.Maj.Ulrich Kleemann, Commander of 90.le.Div., June 1942
M3 "Honey" passing Pz.III and StuG III
Examining the abandoned StuG

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