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11th Panzer Division Rests During Yugoslavian Campaign

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Panzerkampfwagen IV ausf E (Sdkfz 161) crew poses during the Balkans campaign (Operation 25). The ausf E was manufactured by Krupp-Gruson from September 1940 to April 1941. The panzer is attached to theEleventh Panzer Division, XIV Panzer Corps (commanded by General der Infanterie Gustav von Wietersheim), First Panzer Group under Generaloberst (General) Ewald von Kleist. It was the first version that featured Gepack Kasten (turret-mounted storage bins), which increased the amount of gear available to the tank crew. Spare parts, food, water, blankets, bridging supplies, and more were packed into these containers for sustained combat.Eleventh Panzer crossed into Yugoslavia at Pirot on April 8, 1941, leading the German attack. They took Nis on April 9 and entered Belgrade on April 13, hoisting the Swastika that night.
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Photographer Feitel
Photographer Title Doctor und Kriegsberichter
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed April 13, 1941
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Country Yugoslavia
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