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Personal logo Captain DEwell Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2017 7:58 a.m. PST

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Caption reads, "…view of BEF Matilda II 'Goat' knocked out in France 1940".
(with thanks to i.imgur (?) at reddit)
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Which must have inspired dirtythedawg to create the stunning masterpiece using the Tamiya 1/35 scale British Matilda, Arras 1940.

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

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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 …

Personal logo Captain DEwell Supporting Member of TMP25 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.

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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.

Personal logo Captain DEwell Supporting Member of TMP26 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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