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Historical models depicted in this page are from Italaerei (Italeri).

Crusader III medium tank

Conceived at the outbreak of the war, the Crusader was one of the main British cruiser tanks and reached production of no less than 5000 units. It had remarkable cross-country capabilities and was armed with a 57 mm gun. The negative angles on the turret can be considered a flaw on the design, for they are dangerous projectile traps.

Jagdpanzer Elefant

The Jagdpanzer Elefant, biggest member of the Tiger family, was one of the biggest tanks used during the war. Due to its weight, near to 70 tonnes, it had reduced speed, engine reliability and operational range, and because of this it was used for defensive purposes rather than with the assault tank batallions. Armed with the powerful L/71 88 mm gun (PaK 43), this tank excelled in the ambushes, specially frequent on the late stages of the conflict.

Jagdpanzer Hetzer

The Jagdpanzer Hetzer was a tank destroyer developed in 1943 from the chassis of the Panzer 38t tank, originally built by the Czech Skoda Works. It was armed with the L/48 75 mm gun (PaK 39) mounted in a fixed superstructure. Until the end of the war only 1577 units of this tank were built.

M13/40 light tank

The M13/40 light tank, originating in Italy, was used by the German and the Italian forces and later also by the Australians, who made good use of them in their units in the African and Italian campaigns, despite its weak armor and 47 mm gun.

Semovente M40/41 assault tank

Throughout Africa, Russia and Italy the German and Italian forces used the Semovente M40/41 assault tank, equipped with a 75 mm gun and light armor, in their fast-moving light tank divisions.

Marder III tank destroyer

As the Hetzer, the tank cracker Marder III was developed from the chassis of the Panzer 38t. The rotating turret was replaced by fixed armour plates and a 75 mm gun. This design from 1942 was certainly more primitive than the Hetzer, which had more protection, by means of a heavier armor and a lower profile.

Panzer I command car

The German armoured and mechanized divisions used as command vehicle this light and highly manoeuvrable tank, which derived from the Panzer I.

Panzer I B

The Panzer I was a milestone in the history of the Reich's rise in military power. In 1939 it was used in the Polish and French campaigns and later as a reconnaissane and training vehicle, since the too thin armour plates and weak armament of two 7,92 mm machine-guns made it useless for the main front.



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