TANKS Tigers in the Desert of North Africa! The Germans were the masters of the battlefield during the early years of World War II. The Panzer II and III werent monsters, but where handled with great care. Most British tanks could hold their own against the Panzer III. However, the use of excellent tank tactics and skillful deplyment of anti-tank screens, was far superior than outdated British cavalry style tactics.
The Panzer IV long barreled 75mm was the first German tank to dominate the battlefield in North Africa. Its excellent high velocity gun could knock out even the well armored Matilda at distance. This design probably was the most influential of all the German machines during World War II.
The Panzer VI Tiger first entered service, against the Western Allies, with the 5th Panzer Army in Tunisia. The Tiger, was a monster. A very heavily armored, frontal, hull and turret coupled with a deadly 88mm, made this tank a legend till the end of the war. The Tigers frontal amour was completely impervious to any Allied anti-tank round. The Sherman had no choice but to defeat the Tigers rear amour, from close range. The Tiger was capable of knocking out a Sherman from at least 3,000 meters. The Allied tankers only hope was to gain a lucky shot against the Tigers tracks, mantlet or gun.
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