Defence of Lyon and Chasselay Massacre

German Reich (10th Panzer-Division, Infanterie-Regiment Großdeutschland, 3rd SS Panzer Division “Totenkopf”) vs France (25th Senegalese Tirailleurs Regiment) The crimes committed by German forces during the Second World War are a topic which has received a large amount of attention in the post-WW2 historiography. However, while much has been written, misconceptions still exist, perhaps most notably …

Italian Armored Units During the Italian Invasion of Albania

Kingdom of Italy (1939) On 7th April 1939, the armed forces of the Kingdom of Italy invaded the small Albanian Kingdom. Among the attacking forces, there were armored units that took part in the few clashes that occurred during the three-day invasion. All units were equipped with Carri Armati L3/35 (English: 3 ton Light Tanks …

Panzerkampfwagen VI (7.5 cm) VK30.01(H)

German Reich (1939) Heavy Tank – 4 Built + Components For 4 Additional Vehicles Despite having a rather underdeveloped military industry that was barely providing enough tanks for the new Panzer Divisions, the Germans decided to begin developing a new heavy tank project in 1937. After a few years, the 30-tonne heavy VK30.01 would emerge. …

Italian Medium Tank Crew Training During the Second World War

Kingdom of Italy/Italian Social Republic (1940-1945) When speaking of Italian armor during the Second World War, it is important to analyze the training that Italian tank crew members received before being assigned to frontline units. Although the Italian war industry was unable to keep up with the production capabilities of the Allied nations, it could …

Cannone a Grande Gittata da 75/32 Modello 1937

Kingdom of Italy (1941-1945) Field Gun/Anti-Tank Gun – 172 Built The Cannone a Grande Gittata da 75/32 Modello 1937 (English: 75 mm L/32 Long-Range Cannon Model 1937), better known as Cannone da 75/32 Modello 1937, was an Italian field gun developed before the Second World War to equip the Italian Regio Esercito’s (English: Royal Army) …

Matilda Hedgehog

Commonwealth of Australia (1945) Tank-Mounted Spigot Mortar – 6 Built Rumble in the Jungle Beginning in 1942, as Australian forces battled against the Japanese through New Guinea and the South West Pacific, it became apparent that there was an increasing need for offensive armaments capable of demolishing Japanese defensive positions. The typical Japanese bunker was …

D-8 and D-12

Soviet Union (1931) Armored Car – Around 60 Built During the 1930s, the Soviet Army was rather poorly armed and equipped. The process of introducing new domestic military designs was slow and tedious and was lacking in all regards. Armored cars were in huge demand, and the existing pool of vehicles consisted of obsolete and …

Piaggio Vespa TAP 56 and 59

France (1956-1960) Anti-Tank Weapon Carrier – 600~800 Built The Piaggio Vespa TAP [Troupes AéroPortées] (English: Airborne troops) 56 and 59 were French-developed military motorbikes, based on the iconic Vespa, Italy’s most famous two-wheeler. The Vespa TAP carried a US M20 75 mm recoilless rifle with the aim of countering enemy light armored vehicles with an …

Neubaufahrzeug

German Reich (1934) Medium Tank – 5 Built (2 Soft Steel Prototypes + 3 Production Vehicles) Years prior to the start of the Second World War, the German Army experimented with different tank designs. Early attempts lead to the introduction of a small series of experimental prototypes. In those early days of German tank development, …

Entwicklungsfahrzeug 25 (E 25)

German Reich (1942) Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun – Possibly Up To 5 Prototypes Built During the Second World War, the Germans made extensive efforts to introduce a standardization of parts in tank and armored vehicle production. This was, to a limited extent, achieved with the Panther and Tiger II, which shared a number of parts. But, …