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Old Jun 11, 2014, 4:02 PM   #1
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Posting on D-Day plus 5, what could be more fitting than Der Fuhrer's personal Mercedes Touring Car, exhibited at the Lyon Air Museum?


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Old Jun 11, 2014, 8:55 PM   #2
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This car is available as a diecast 1/24 scale complete with little Nazis.
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 10:13 PM   #3
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That huge, imposing vehicle is a chilling site when you see it in person.
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Old Jun 18, 2014, 7:50 PM   #4
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That huge, imposing vehicle is a chilling site when you see it in person.
One of 57 built for the German Army, this one, yes, is particularly chilling, because of what - and whom - it represents, but it is still an imposing machine. It strikes me, however, as odd that there would be armor plate and bullet proof glass, yet only a canvas top - no protection against allied strafing whatsoever.
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Good point Penolta. Its like building a huge castle and leaving the back door open. Makes you wonder why the bulletproof glass and armor plating.
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The glass and armor was only proof against small arms fire used by ground troops or partisans. Aircraft used .50 caliber machine guns or 20mm cannons.
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Old Jun 20, 2014, 8:28 PM   #7
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One of 57 built for the German Army, this one, yes, is particularly chilling, because of what - and whom - it represents, but it is still an imposing machine. It strikes me, however, as odd that there would be armor plate and bullet proof glass, yet only a canvas top - no protection against allied strafing whatsoever.
This model was built in the mid to late '30s. Not much danger from air strikes then.
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