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  • Tank Type       :           12x Panzer 38(t) & 1x Panzer II
  • Writing             :           “Rast auf dem Marsch nach Lens”
  • D.U.P.              :           May 1940, 7th Panzer Division, Lens (France)
  • Paper               :           Leonar – no traces of glue

 

At least 2 platoons (A platoon normally had between 4 and 5 panzers) of a Company of General Rommel’s 7th Panzer Division.

The 7th Panzer Division moved into Lens after the battle of Arras. During the battle of Arras the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) made a strong stand against the German troops – only to be broken by Rommels 88’s which destroyed the nearly invincible British Matilda’s. During the French campaign the 7th Panzer Division earned its famous name ‘Gespenster Division’ (Ghost Division) – because it appeared everywhere without anyone knowing where it was (not even the German High Command!).

Note the camouflaged Zeltbahn tents behind the panzers. All panzers are practically unmarked; to block any enemy intelligence gathering.

 

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