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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Gescha Panzer I Tank in North Africa

Design of the Panzer I began in 1932 and mass production began in 1934. Intended only as a training tank to introduce the concept of armored warfare to the German Army, the Panzer I saw combat in North Africa during the Second World War. This Gescha tank from my collection and Elastolin panzer officers were produced in 30s

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Toy GAMA No. 60 tank burnt out on Webergasse street in Dresden on 13 February 1945

This GAMA No.60 tank was found by archaeologists during excavations in the Dresden old town; nothing is known about its owner's fate. Webergasse was the street that connected Altmarkt with Antonsplatz. The street was heavily damaged after the British/American aerial bombing attack on 13th of February 1945. Mechanical GAMA (Georg Adam Mangold GAMA) tanks produced in Fuerth near Nuremberg, which sent out showers of sparks, were among the most popular toys in Germany. The tank is presented at the Bundeswehr Military History Museum exposition (Dresden, Germany).  

Saturday, February 16, 2019

German Tank GAMA n65 (WW2)

This GAMA n65 tank was produced in Germany by GAMA in 40s before 1945. The company GAMA was headquartered in Fürth, Bavaria, near Nürnberg. It's probably the latest toy GAMA tank produced during the WW2 (before 1945). Its look probably resemles the Panzer III (Panzerkampfwagen III). The tank has the D.R.G.M. mark that stands for Deutsches Reichsgebrauchsmuster, meaning that the design or function of an item was officially registered inside all of the Germany states.The n65 tank model production was resumed quickly after WW2 and painted as US Army tanks. These after war GAMA n65 tanks were marked as "Made in US Zone Germany". 

 Ausf. D, Poland (1939)
Ausf.G, captured by the British in North Africa (1941).

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Friday, November 23, 2018

The Panzer I tanks moving through a forest..

The photographed Panzer I tanks are the GAMA No.60 tanks (produced in 30s). The German armored corps officers are made by Elastolin, Lineol, Durolin and Blue-Box. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

2 command Panzer I tanks scouting positions

The Panzer I was a light tank produced in Germany in the 1930s. The name is short for the German Panzerkampfwagen I ("armored fighting vehicle mark I"), abbreviated PzKpfw I. The tank's official German ordnance inventory designation was SdKfz 101 ("special purpose vehicle 101"). The Panzer I saw combat in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, in Poland, France, the Soviet Union and North Africa during the Second World War, and in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
The photographed  tanks are the GAMA No.60 tanks (produced in 30s).

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Erwin Rommel tests the Goliath tracked mine ...

Erwin Rommel was a highly decorated officer in World War I and was awarded the Pour le Mérite for his actions on the Italian Front. In 1937 he published his classic book on military tactics, Infantry Attacks, drawing on his experiences from World War I. In World War II, he distinguished himself as the commander of the 7th Panzer Division during the 1940 invasion of France.
The Goliath tracked mine (Leichter Ladungsträger Goliath) - Goliath Light Charge Carrier was a name given to two German Unmanned ground vehicles, disposable demolition vehicles, used during World War II. These were the electrically powered Sd.Kfz. 302 and the petrol-engine powered Sd.Kfz. 303a and 303b. On my photos you can see the windup tank T56 made by GAMA in 30s. The Erwin Rommel figure is made by Blue-Box in 2000s.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

The Wehrmacht Panzer division of 1930s.

The post-World War I Treaty of Versailles of 1919 prohibited the design, manufacture and deployment of tanks within the Reichswehr. When Imperial Germany fell to the Allies, the victors pushed for severe restrictions on the country's war-making capabilities and Germany took the brunt of the blame to the west and was forced into signing the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919. Limitations for the land army included a 100,000-strong infantry army, absolutely no tanks of any kind and just a few armored vehicles for spot duty. The German Army became a shell of its former self. Paragraph Twenty-four of the treaty provided for a 100,000-mark fine and imprisonment of up to six months for anybody who "[manufactured] armored vehicles, tanks or similar machines, which may be turned to military use". In 1931 the German General Staff accepted a plan for two types of tank, a medium tank with a 75 mm gun and a lighter vehicle with a 37 mm gun. While design and then construction work was carried out, the German army used a variety of light tanks based on the British Carden Loyd tankette chassis. The early tanks were code-named Landwirtschaftlicher Schlepper (La S, "agricultural hauler"), a designation that lasted until 1938. The first of these light tanks ran in early 1934. It was a five-ton Krupp design which was dubbed the LKA1. The new government approved an initial order for 150 in 1934 as the 1A La S Krupp. Around 1500 of these light tanks were built. Today I am sharing pictures of the T58 toy tank produced by GAMA in 30s. This tank reminds me the Czech tank LT vz. 34. The Panzertruppen soldiers are made by Elastolin in 30s as well.
Czechoslovak tank LT-35