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    Quote Originally Posted by Panzerknacker View Post
    Nice pics.

    The captured A11s were named "infanterie Begleitwagen Mk.I" (infantry escort vehicle) , but never introduced again in combat by the germans , mostly for trining duties and police task.

    Interesting shots of the Matilda Mk-II A-12 crossing steel obstacles.





    Is that lovely girl named Matilda or Matilda II?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickdfresh View Post
    Is that lovely girl named Matilda or Matilda II?
    I think that she is one obstacle that the matilda would have trouble getting past,,,,

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    Well.. I dont know what happen there, it should be a tank picture no a girl picture

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panzerknacker View Post
    Well.. I dont know what happen there, it should be a tank picture no a girl picture
    I believe it to be an act of the 5th column !

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    I going to edit aniway.

    Matilda II Mark I "good luck" ( ) captured in france 1940. Note the bulgeos armored casing for the Vickers water cooled MG.


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    Matildas in the desert, operation Compass.



    35 mark II were in the spearhead of the british counteroffensive that almost knocked out completely the Italian army off Afrika.

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    "The initial British assault would fall on Nibeiwa Camp, where the only available Italian armoured unit was based, and it achieved complete surprise. Raggruppamento Maletti, or Maletti Group, under General Pietro Maletti, was an ad hoc formation consisting of 2,500 Libyan soldiers and 2 Armoured Battalion, with thirty-five M11/39 medium tanks and thirty-five L3/35 light tanks.

    It was earmarked for early destruction in the assault, which commenced at 05:00hr with what appeared to be no more than another raid on the eastern side of the camp. At 07:00, however, forty-eight Matilda tanks suddenly appeared from the opposite side of the camp. They struck twenty-three unmanned M11/39 tanks of the Maletti Group, which had been deployed to guard the unmined entrance to the camp. The Italians were caught completely off guard and many did not even reach their tanks, including General Maletti, who was killed emerging from his dugout. They were slaughtered and their vehicles destroyed by the British in less than ten minutes.

    The Italian artillery fought on valiantly, firing on the Matildas and recording many hits, some at point-blank range - but none penetrated their 70mm of armour. The remaining Italian tanks were captured intact, and the Libyan infantry, left practically defenceless, quickly surrendered. The British had captured Nibeiwa and destroyed the only front-line Italian armoured unit in less than five hours."
    Matilda pictured in conquered emplacements outside Tobruk.




    Matilda with ramp for antitank ditch, it was used in the attack against Bardia.




    Matilda with fascine. Another device for crossing large trenches/ditches.


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    As a beutepanzer:


    And a nice shot from early 1941 in Libya:
    Regimentul 38 "Neagoe Basarab"
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    101st Airborne

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    How you put 3 men in that turret ?

    thanks Dani , nice pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panzerknacker View Post
    How you put 3 men in that turret ?

    thanks Dani , nice pictures.
    The third guy must be very small,,,, or folded up in a really cramped firing position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panzerknacker View Post
    thanks Dani , nice pictures.
    You are always welcomed PK!

    In the line of what you and George have posted on page 1:



    Last edited by Dani; 10-25-2007 at 11:12 PM.
    Regimentul 38 "Neagoe Basarab"
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    Talking about captured Matildas....here is another one. Next to a panzer one.



    Is idle to say, but with the coming of the Afrika Korps the Matilda "kingdom" began a stedy decline. However it continued to be a battleworthy tank until 1943 mostly due its good armor.



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    Matilda in the Bardia italian fortress february 1941, note the bullet impacts on the Wall.




    Matilda in dug out emplacemet near Tobruk, those vehicles play a fundamental role in defeating the german attemp to breach into the fortress in april 1941. Exposing only its solid cast steel turret was a hard nut to find and to crack for the advancing german Panzers.




    The arrival of the Lufwaffe in early 1941 made camouflage a badly needed improvement.


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    Some more images of the Matilda in the desert. Recovered by the "Scammel" 30 tons tractor, this vehicle was also used to help the Matilda maneouvering in closed curves like the road outside Bardia. Also some sudanese troops doing maintenence work is depicted.

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    Quote from P.K. :"Matilda in dug out emplacemet near Tobruk, those vehicles play a fundamental role in defeating the german attemp to breach into the fortress in april 1941. Exposing only its solid cast steel turret was a hard nut to find and to crack for the advancing german Panzers."

    The Hull defilade(sometimes called hull-down) is a classic when using armor in a defensive postion.There would be 2 or 3 dug-outs for each tank(if time permitted), and after a few shots, would move to an alternate. Indeed it was very difficult for the attackers to get a good shot at them, while the tank in defilade could take its time and engage any targets within its field of fire.Kind of like a tank sniper...

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    And here you got another Matilda emplacement, this a very ease to conceal and very hard to find by aerial recce operations.
    However Rommel did not repeated his 1941 mistakes when he go after the allied fortres in mid 1942 and the value of this positions became a very low one.


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