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General Erwin Rommel and Lieutenant Colonel Fritz Bayerlein in an open car speaking to motorized troops, North Africa, 1942; note captured US M3 halftrack and German SdKfz. 251 halftrack vehicles

Caption   General Erwin Rommel and Lieutenant Colonel Fritz Bayerlein in an open car speaking to motorized troops, North Africa, 1942; note captured US M3 halftrack and German SdKfz. 251 halftrack vehicles ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseGerman Federal Archive
Identification Code   Bild 146-1990-071-31
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 21 Dec 2009

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1. karcuss says:
4 May 2011 07:01:17 PM

More interesting is the Wurframen 251/1 behind the M3 (which has been spotted by a friend of mine)
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
4 Apr 2015 08:21:19 PM


Rommel with his troops his ride for the day is the Horch Kfz-15 Command Car. Officer next to him is Lt. Colonel Fritz Bayerlein who would later command the Panzer Lehr Division.
U.S. M-3 half-track captured during the Battle of Kasserine Pass February 1942.


In post-war movies the White M-3 half-track would act as a stand in for a WWII German half-track complete with swastika's and those over size crosses on them. Popular TV programs of the 1960s like Combat!, Rat Patrol and even Hogan's Heroes had them.


The M-3 half-track continued to see service all over the world after WWII the USSR continued to use them into the late 1950s allied armies even operated them for decades.
The M3 saw service with the Israel Defense Forces 1956, 1967 and 1973 retired in the 1980s later issued to the Southern Lebanon Army, a Christian Ally.

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