Friday, April 08, 2005

Panzer - Another pioneering piece of technology introduced by the German forces in WWII was the 8-wheeled armoured car Sdkfz 234/2 Puma

The Puma was used by reconnaissance units of Panzer divisions who needed a fast vehicle (the Puma could do 80 Kph on the open road) enabling them to spot the enemy's forward positions and disappear before he could react.

Generally considered the best armoured car to come out of WWII, only 101 Pumas were build 1943-44 as the crumbling German war machine had to concentrate on the more urgently needed battle tanks.

Although several Pumas were captured during the battles in Normandy and later, none of them have survived until today and the Puma sadly remains one of the lost relics of WWII.

Catherine Deneuve - Vive La France!

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