• Re-Cature
    Re-Cature - Left Detail
  • Re-Cature - Left View
    Re-Cature - Left View
  • Re-Cature - Right Detail
    Re-Cature - Right Detail
  • Re-Cature - Right View
    >Re-Cature - Right View
  • Re-Cature - Front Detail
    Re-Cature - Front Detai
  • Re-Cature - Front View
    Re-Cature - Front View
  • Re-Cature - Back View
    Re-Cature - Back View
  • Let's Investigate, You Go Inside
    Let's Investigate, You Go Inside
  • Resistance Fighter Giving Orders
    Resistance Fighter Giving Orders
  • Resistance Fighter Profile
    Resistance Fighter Profile
  • Freedom Fighter Giving Orders
    Freedom Fighter Giving Orders
  • Blood on the Tracks
    Blood on the Tracks
  • Resistance Fighter Examining Bloody Footprints
    Resistance Fighter Examining Bloody Footprints
  • Turret Detail and Interior
    Turret Detail and Interior
  • Come Join the Fun
    Come Join the Fun
  • Happy Freedom Fighter and Bazooka Joe
    appy Freedom Fighter and Bazooka Joe
  • Epargner Une Fumee
    Epargner Une Fumee
  • Epargner Une Fumee 2
    Epargner Une Fumee 2
  • US Infantry Joining the Party
    US Infantry Joining the Party
  • US Infantry Entering Tank with Paratrooper
    US Infantry Entering Tank with Paratrooper
  • Char B1 Front Detail
    Char B1 Front Detail
  • Shop 1st-Floor Wall Detail
    Shop 1st-Floor Wall Detail
  • Air Compressor and Electrical Detail
    Air Compressor and Electrical Detail
  • Garage Shelves
    Garage Shelves
  • 2nd Floor Destruction Detail
    2nd Floor Destruction Detail
  • Warehouse 2nd Floor Wall Detail
    Warehouse 2nd Floor Wall Detail
  • Top Story
    Top Story
  • Office 3rd Floor Wall Detail
    Office 3rd Floor Wall Detail
  • Waffen SS Panzerschreck
    Waffen SS Panzerschreck
  • Waffen SS Panzerschreck 2
    Waffen SS Panzerschreck 2
  • Office Desk Detail
    Office Desk Detail
  • Top View
    Top View
  • Re-Cature - Left Detail
  • Re-Cature - Left View
  • Re-Cature - Right Detail
  • >Re-Cature - Right View
  • Re-Cature - Front Detai
  • Re-Cature - Front View
  • Re-Cature - Back View
  • Let's Investigate, You Go Inside
  • Resistance Fighter Giving Orders
  • Resistance Fighter Profile
  • Freedom Fighter Giving Orders
  • Blood on the Tracks
  • Resistance Fighter Examining Bloody Footprints
  • Turret Detail and Interior
  • Come Join the Fun
  • appy Freedom Fighter and Bazooka Joe
  • Epargner Une Fumee
  • Epargner Une Fumee 2
  • US Infantry Joining the Party
  • US Infantry Entering Tank with Paratrooper
  • Char B1 Front Detail
  • Shop 1st-Floor Wall Detail
  • Air Compressor and Electrical Detail
  • Garage Shelves
  • 2nd Floor Destruction Detail
  • Warehouse 2nd Floor Wall Detail
  • Top Story
  • Office 3rd Floor Wall Detail
  • Waffen SS Panzerschreck
  • Waffen SS Panzerschreck 2
  • Office Desk Detail
  • Top View

Re-Capture

When Germany invaded France in 1940 they met little resistance. During the only WWII battle between the two nations, named “The Battle of France” or “The Fall of France,” the French made a determined resistance, but ultimately were unable to overcome Germany’s air and armored onslaught. As was typical of German tactics, after they captured enemy tanks, they put them to use in their own army. This diorama depicts the recapture of a French B1 bis battle tank that had been used by the German army. Apparently, a recent melee took this B2 740 (as was the name attributed by the Germans) out of commission. The tank was found by a random group of French Resistance fighters and American soldiers (who were charged with liberating France on their way to Germany).

The tank was debilitated by a blown track (maybe from a bazooka or a well-aimed grenade) and crashed into the façade of a French automobile repair shop. A US infantryman and paratrooper are ready to enter the tank, wary of any Germans lurking inside. Obviously, at least one German made it out as there is a bloody track of footprints leaving the wreckage. The remaining soldiers and fighters are conversing, smoking and helping with the re-capture. The tank may not be operational, or even salvageable, but even symbolic victories count in times of war.

The garage has three stories. The ground floor is the shop itself, the second floor is a warehouse for parts, and the top floor is the office. Hiding on the top floor is a Waffen-SS soldier with a Panzerfaust. Will he fire upon the enemies below or flee? Either way, the soldiers and fighters are bound to search the building, so his time is running out.

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