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The. war in NO'I"th Africa started in .Junle 119 4° when Italy declared war on Britain The' B"'ri'I~[-I"S'h', attacked... rhe tta ians with ~ ·hastily s .rengthened 'force 0'0 D" ember 9[h. 1940~whic J. ended 'with the defeat of the Italian fore ."by the first week ofFebruary in the' following year. On February 14th. :1941., the advance elemen s of what 'was to become Panzer Army Afrika, arrived at Tripoli ~ these were 'units of' the .5th. Lig :t Division ..,namely the grd R. cormaissance Battalion and the. 39th Anti-Tank Battalion, formed from Cadres of the 8r'~-Panzer Division, Thlf· intention of rr e Germar s 'was tOI re-enforce the unsuccessful Italians who had bee:n. pushed 'QU'l of Cyrenaica by' the' British the orevious year ~The Cermans went straight into, action in their month of arrival" and 'lD due course It may become apparent ~-othe B - tish that the troops facing them were made 0 .more sterner tuff than they had encountered hitherto, Hitler was determined tha .-5 Italia . allies, 'would not be defeated in North Africa. He had considered the possibilities of a successful campaign" the stra regie 'values of Egypt and [he Suez Canal, and had sent the first detachments ~ culled from grd Panzer - to Tripoli ~ H'e chose one' of his most promising Generals to .' :omrnand. the new force. · Erwin Rommel, a 'name wh ~ _.was soon. to be on everyone s c 11"' id JflpS on b th SI. ,- .s. '-0_:' Tie vehicles of a. Panzer Regime .t, t _e' 5th.~ had Ianded in 'T:ripoli on the' lllh March.,. in time' tOI take· part in Rom'mel's ·first ,offensive: this r..,gi.m'f'H - w,as joined by the 1.5t:h Pan'zer Divis·lo·n in A.pri.l~T'hlf 1,5th P,anz.er Divu·sio·n had. arrive·d in time to me'et ,a British a'.,ack code-named ~~Oper,atio Ba.r-Ileaxe,"'.a move which, was s·u.cces.s.fully· [CQ'untered, by' ROJIl[)],ei, 'wh,o' foroed t'he Britis.h ba,ckl Seemingly at ('he 'wrong moment, the fail'ure of , Bat.tleaxe' rlesul~e·,d ~n a change i.Il the Britis.h. Commander,. Ge·neral Wa\te'I'1 was replaced 'b'Y Ge'neral .Auchinl,eck .. Both. ~ forces [,e·grou.ped after' 'Ba't£leaxe~ In Septem'ber i the 5th Light was u.·pgra,ded after ·fle,ce·ivi.ng· re-enfor,ceme'nts, becoming the' ,nevi 21St Panzer Division " and the gOlh :Lighr Afrika. Division was fonn.'ed fJlom una [tached, u'nits~On Nove'mber the 18,th 1941~the 'Brilish launched. another [offensiv·e, code-'n" m'edl ""Operation
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camouflage on German vehicles was not unheard of but neither ras itt commonplace 'The SdJ(fz 7:' , ~ h towing arl "8- 8" 111 u e p h otograp hr b 1.. oetongs to, th e .,- f twa ff, .. Lut .e~ There is. a white' or other lighter coloured, band across the b onnet [OP, an, ,"" D" A'~K" pa"1m .IS earner OIl. [.hee sme o f~tne .,..,.... , ...,," _...-' :., d tne .'~.' " ..' "'-':"".-".-.- .~.d ",1 , . h--' s ide .. he vehicle. Th,e vehicle 'has 'been camouflaged sand-yellow over its . '" ~ ied grey base co'1our. A tacnca I' Sign. 1.S earner on t h.Ie 'near _c' IOI:nt mudguard - ,the D,~A~K~ palm isjust visible on the far mudguard on the original 'print - which. is the' symbol for a, battery within an, a.nny anti ... aircraft baualion. Note the canvas light covers on both vehicles ,and the' sand-yellow overall finish on the Kubel in the foreground (IWM}i BELOW: Although (his photograph 'is 111 snown, 'Its sneer Interest value rna kes It an roeai1 anm non, its sheer i 11 ~ id dditi weu kn ibl d I~ a'n.d . '.' ·11 e paSSI, Y n',ew to 's,ome rea_:,ers ThJ S V a_e'ntlne la.nk 1[W]. _b ..
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LE,FT AND BE' OW: This 88mm gun belonging to the 21St Par zer Division, the Division emblem is visible on the recuperator housing, was captured boy the Australians, Some photographs show it emplaced. T 'e gun has been oversprayed a darkish sand colour and close up photograp ,.. of this gun, reveal where serial numbers s have been masked ,off leaving dark 'grey backgrounds on the gun .. '" I h mounrmg Just b',e,Q'Wtr e recor'"1- I" d ers.. qr In The four leaf clover 'insignia is i 'rna king normally associated with he 294th Infantry Division, but this marking' did appear on vehicles in North Africa, as photographs show, It. could have been associated with one of the z ist Panzer's units, such as the 39lhAnti-t.ank banalion or the 305th Army Anti-Aircraft battalion. The kill marks show' in addition lO four guns and tanks that this 88 has been credited with a ship (IW'M).

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RIGHT: Photographs of Lorraine Schleppers (SdK.fZ13,5/l) mounting the 150mm heavy field, howi .. er invariably show z impeccable camoufl .. age pa .terns and this example is no exception, The base colour is sand-yellow wi rh a darker colour probably a red-brown or grey-green sprayed on in. 3, striped effect. The roadwhcels and track are heavily dust coated, though the remainder of the vehicle is q .ri e clean, The vehicle shown 'may have had division and tactical signs on the rear plate (IWM),. BELO'W: This PzKw III being unloaded in Tripoli is finished in ·he sand-brown which became more frequently used, •. towards the en _ of' the Nortr African campaign, Another common practice was to repea the' company number on, the turret whilst also retaining the trinomic combination, This vehicle belongs '.0 the 15th Panzer Division, Six white painted jerrycans are secured to the turret top plate (.ALMAR.K).

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Th,e Pz,Kw V~ Ausf. E 'Tigers' were first encountered by the allied. forces in Tunisia. These' vehicles shown, belonged to the ,5015t Independent Heavy Tank Battalion and appeared in ]jmi ted numbers ~ Some' authorities claim these vehicles as appearing in, grey-green or peagreen, though it is difficult to tlell from the available photographs if he COlour IS def " t hi was SO~ The colour i .:.,' .mte I'y a ''IS .., darker shade and could possibly' be a dark sandy-brown. Tile vehicle numbered III is an over al l monotone though 'Tiger :142' has '~i:ghter coloured road wheels, which may not be dust because the' tyred .......... are , ..·,t~ll-d " rk ,'. h ,an, t'..he " est ~, ,.., ' nms ' .. S"I.ar,ler . ,','. e r'll, 'but compared 'to this. the turret an,d hull appear much darker ~ Both, vehicles probably had dark red numbers with white outlines though ., .' ~ as, 'WEt h' a.'1'1· '. points mennoned d~' rt 'IS difficult to forecast accurately without 'moire' inforrnat.ion: , " d memories t' .aoe a f'ter over 3'0 years. Note the Bosch headlamps mounted on special brackets fined onto' the glaci s, and the camouflage nets arranged ,d.IOWIl ] 4,2'" S hull sides" These early Tigers were' fitted with air pre-cleaners (,ALlV1ARK) ~
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Taken Ion. i Srh May 1'9'43, this picture of a re-possessed Chevrolet .3 ton truck shows a neat set of markings The truck 'was re .. · captured by the B,ritish 6th Armoured Division from its' ormer users the 21St Panzer Division 'whose marking appears with the Afrika·'.. C··.... .. p ....1·.. ..Th' e. ·t·· .'ti .,··,.1 Sign '. ,on..th e 0'nh .er .mu guar,< .lS C:. a. 'p'AK" , .../ troop Frc _ .'.... ".'of" t.e .2.151: " anze:r s moto,rlze d_. ", '.' , " ..'- -d' -... '.d i: lor -.... .... . ".-., n .. · orps '.a m '.. ac lea .,.~. .... . '_: rom one .. . ·h·. ',' ..- P' .. ' . . ".' ith .-.; _.' .' -. , · G rena d··. _ D· .:.' ter Lnvistons. A: I ' -. cross ..as b·,een pain ·t·· d . ..... the e. d oor Wit. a persona .' 1- name, p.".,ant...her II '.hich some r.--,· ..... · .' .' iarge .'.,'. h :. . .-...... ' ..', e D.n. er _, WC~ .... _- \...R:rlnan ldier ,. '~I soic ier h as pamstakki ngly pamtecd The overall sand fi'nish has worn away' to reveal a dark undercoat. The' two dark patches beari '.g insignia on the mudguards appear to have 'been painted over the base' colour and then decorated as the vehicle wou. d most likely have been. finished in sand at the time of its capture from the al ies (IW,M) ~
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