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Posted on Nov 15, 2007 in Armchair Reading

Panzers In France, January 2008 Photo Error

By Armchair General

Thank you everyone who sent us their guess about this photo.  We don’t have a definitive answer for this particular photo, but the consensus is this is a Panzerkampfwagen IV (Special) Ausf F2 which did not see action in France of 1940.  The open, flat terrain suggests this is somewhere in Russia probably during the 1942 summer offensive.  Read more about the Panzerkampfwagen IV at!


Several readers have noted an error in the January 2008 issue on p. 48-49.  Can you find the problem?  Discuss it on our forums.

Original Caption: May 1940.  German tanks advance across a field
during the invasion of France.  Using a balanced approach of
combined arms and speed, the Germans were able to conquer
the Low Countries and France in only six weeks.



  1. salut ma belle

  2. Closest tank is a PzKpfw IV Ausf.G at the earliest, which came into service in the beginning of 1942. the single baffle muzzle brake seems to indicate an early mark of the Pz 4.
    The Pz 3 farther away isn’t as easily recognizable, but seems to be an Ausf. J from what is discernible of the drive sprocket etc.
    It too seems to have a long barrel gun, visible behind the open turret hatches, that was not used in France 1940.
    This pic prolly from Russia, or N.Africa somewhere around 1942-43.