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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I just wanted to group a bunch of great photos of WW2 tanks and armored fighting vehicles. I'll be updating the thread a few at a time ever now and then. Description on all photos will be below the given photos. Feel free to add info as you find it, such as what tank Monty is in in the post below this one.

    Comments are allowed, but please keep input to relevant information. I want to keep this thread photo heavy and banter light.
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    The Yanks mop up on Bougainville. At night the Japs would infiltrate American lines. At Dawn, the doughboys went out and killed them. This photo shows tank going forward, infantrymen following in its cover." March 1944. 111-SC-189099.

     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Two views of the same T-34/76 ablaze during the initial German invasion of Russia. I cannot detect any shell holes on the tank, but it's fairly evident the tanks ammunition "cooked off" with enough force to remove the driver's hatch from the tank. I'm not sure if the smoking mass behind the tank is in fact vehicle parts or something more grisly, like a former crew member.
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Tankers from 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking rest near their tanks Pz.Kpfw. III. 1943. The meager attempts at camouflage from aircraft tells me these men aren't all too worried about Red Air Force attacks, yet.
    Whenever I look at this scene I get a strong Kelly's Heroes/Oddball vibe.
     
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    Panther (turret only?), Berlin, 1945
     
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    And to contrast:

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    Kind of sums up the fall of the Reich in that Panther photo.
     
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    The tank is of the 754th Tank Battalion and the infantrymen are from the 37th Division. Can't say for sure which regiment, but I like to think it's the 129th. There's another photo of the above tank "Lucky Legs II" with men of the 129th. I'll see if I can find it.

    Note the ejected brass near the helmet of the kneeling soldier.
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I can't see anything. Anyone else have a broken link here?
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Nice additional info, I added your contribution to the original photo post.
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    The birth of the Panzer Divisions. The German army demonstrated its Panzer Is during the nationwide harvest festival at Bückeburg, near Hanover, Germany, on Oct. 4, 1935. Here are scores of tanks lined up just before the demonstration began. Defying provisions of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany began rearming itself at a rapid rate shortly after Hitler came to power in 1933. Incredible to think that in just five short years, new tanks would be built (such as the T-34 and Panzer IV) that could single-handedly destroy this entire formation. (AP Photo)
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Two tanks of the SS-Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Division cross the Bzura River during the German invasion of Poland in September of 1939. The Battle of Bzura, the largest of the entire campaign, lasted more than a week, ending with the German forces capturing most of western Poland. (LOC/Klaus Weill)

    Are either of these tank from the previously listed formation from 1935?
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Spoils of the Winter War -- captured Soviet AFVs along a road in a snow covered forest on January 17, 1940. Finnish troops had just overpowered an entire Soviet division. Note the two lead T-26 turrets are traversed right, likely in the direction of the Finish attack. The surrounding forest is impassible tank movement and offers great concealment for infantry, this is ideal tank ambush terrain. (LOC)

    Does anyone know what the two tube-like speaker looking item is on the first tank?
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    A Soviet T-28 tank, captured by Finnish troops, apparently under Finnish use. Note the horn-like item I mentioned in the post above. (1941.07.27).
    source: SA-kuva (Finnish Armed Forces photograph)

    Original text supplied w/ image:
    Pans.patl: 30 tonnin hv. (Sotasaalisvaunu nyt kännettynä entisiä omistajia vastaan.) Pojat pienissä remonttitöissä. 1941.07.27
    Crappy Google translate version:
    Pans.patl: 30 tons of hp. (Salvage trailer now translated against the former owners.) Boys in small renovation. 1941.07.27
     
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    IF you scroll down on this page, I have linked, there is an interior view of the coupola and it descripes a "revolver portal" and "side observation device".

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-26

    That's only a guess but the orientation looks close. I am not sure why the tubes would be attached in either application.
     
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    I believe it is a horn. Standard fitting on pre-war and early tanks
     

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