TRACKING THE AFRIKA KORPS

Vehicles captured from Germany’s Afrika Korps in World War Two were shipped back to the UK for evaluation, but do they survive today?

Afew years ago, a work colleague gave me some documents from a relative who had been in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) and had ‘worked with tanks’ in World War Two. Looking through the documents, I found that most were related to the School of Tank Technology, with several being preliminary reports about German vehicles compiled in 1942 and 1943. Throughout World War Two, armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) captured from the Germans and Italians, and later from the Japanese, were shipped back to the School of Tank Technology in rural Surrey for detailed examination. Sometimes there had been an initial assessment in theatre, but most evaluation was conducted at Chertsey in the UK by joint teams from the Royal Tank Regiment and REME.

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