Armoured Warfare and the Fall of France: Rare Photographs by Anthony Tucker-Jones

By Anthony Tucker-Jones

At 21:00 on nine might 1940 Codeword Danzig used to be issued alerting Adolf Hitler’s airborne troops that they have been approximately to spearhead an assault on Belgium and the Netherlands. tomorrow his blitzkrieg rolled ahead amazing the British Expeditionary strength and the French armies in Belgium and in northern France at Sedan. The determined makes an attempt of the allied armies to stem the Nazi tide proved futile and, as soon as their reserves were exhausted and the rest forces bring to an end, Paris lay open. through early June, it was once far and wide - trapped British, Belgian and French troops have been pressured to evacuate Dunkirk, Calais and Boulogne and the defeated French military agreed to an armistice leaving the rustic divided in . This dramatic tale is proven in a chain of over a hundred and fifty old images that Anthony Tucker-Jones he has chosen for this memorable booklet. the pictures he has selected hide each element of this striking crusade, yet his major concentration is at the important function performed through the armoured scuffling with automobiles of either side. The booklet is a image checklist of the destruction wrought through the Wehrmacht’s lightning offensive throughout the Low nations and France.

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Rather than simply rearm existing tank turrets, a new turret was developed for the Mechanized Flame Thrower T33. The T33 carried both an E20 flame gun as a coaxial weapon in the turret and an auxiliary E12R4 flame gun in the hull. Three pilots were built on existing M4A3E2 tanks, and plans were under way to build 300 new T33s starting in January 1946. By the time the war ended, the T33 was considered the most advanced US flame tank design but the construction contracts were cancelled at the war’s conclusion.

At Gen Bradley’s request, a special team was dispatched from the United States to demonstrate the proper use of the system and the next demonstration was held in Normandy on August 23 for officers from the First US Army and Patton’s Third US Army. The modified M4 medium tank used thickened fuel, and this proved very effective in burning through local hedgerows. American officers familiar with the Canadian Wasp SHERMAN CROCODILE, 739TH TANK BATTALION (SPECIAL MINE EXPLODER), JÜLICH, GERMANY, OPERATION GRENADE, FEBRUARY 1945 The Sherman Crocodile was used on only a single occasion, during the reduction of the old citadel in Jülich in support of the 175th Infantry, 29th Division, on February 24.

This type remained in US Army service into the 1950s but did not see combat in World War II. The only periscope flame gun to reach serial production besides the POA-CWS type was the M34-E6R3, with fewer than 200 built before the war ended. (NARA) The POA-CWS H5 coaxial flamethrower remained in Marine service after the war, and prior to the Korean War was standardized on the M4A3 (105mm) assault gun with the new HVSS suspension. It served in Korea with the “Flame Dragons”, the Flame Platoon, 1st Marine Tank Battalion and this one is seen near Hongchon on March 17, 1951.

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