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Captain DEwell Inactive Member24 Jun 2017 7:58 a.m. PST


Caption reads, "…view of BEF Matilda II 'Goat' knocked out in France 1940".
(with thanks to i.imgur (?) at reddit)

Which must have inspired dirtythedawg to create the stunning masterpiece using the Tamiya 1/35 scale British Matilda, Arras 1940.




(with thanks and respect to dirtythedawg, and WorldofTanks Forum)


goragrad24 Jun 2017 12:28 p.m. PST

Nice work.

Legion 425 Jun 2017 5:10 a.m. PST

Very well done. I know I've seen photos from the NA Campaign with at least one captured Matilda being re-used by the DAK. With the German cross painted on it. They did that often with many captured pieces of equipment …

Captain DEwell Inactive Member25 Jun 2017 5:42 a.m. PST

That's right Legion 4, it happened often.

Here it involves a French Samoa S-35 medium tank. Again, France 1940.


Legion 425 Jun 2017 5:46 a.m. PST

Yes, the Germans were "masters" at repurposing captured equipment. Even converting them to suit a new "mission" for the hull & chassis, etc. We talked about this here too : TMP link

kabrank26 Jun 2017 3:31 a.m. PST

Hi Captain

Think that is post 1940 as it has the revised German Coupola.

Possibly Russia 1941+ as appears to be Panzer Grey and Steppe type environment.

Captain DEwell Inactive Member26 Jun 2017 5:28 a.m. PST

Ah, I stand corrected. Thank you kabrank.

The short grass and sunshine in the photograph mislead me to think it could only have been northern France. laugh

Legion 426 Jun 2017 5:47 a.m. PST

An understandable mistake … thumbs up

Martin Rapier27 Jun 2017 6:16 a.m. PST

One thing which is a bit surprising in the first pic is that there appear to be a horde of Gebirgsjagers clambering over it (you can see their puttees, mountain boots, GJ arm badges and the short brimmed bergemutze caps).

I didn't know there were mountain troops at Arras?! Perhaps they are one of the follow up infantry formations later in the campaign.

Legion 427 Jun 2017 7:22 a.m. PST

I didn't think so either. But as you said, they may have been with follow up forces ? That seems a reasonable conclusion.

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