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Field car and Tiger I schwere.Panzer-Abteilung 501

Field car and Tiger I schwere.Panzer-Abteilung 501, Tunis, early 1943. (Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-557-1018-26A)


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.ww2incolor.com/gallery/german-armored-forces-vehicles/35836/field-car-and-tiger-i-schwere.panzer-abteilung-501

I don’t know why, and I might be very wrong with this assumption, but I think the car is a pre-war German model. Does anyone know for sure?

This is Steyr 1500 A, built between 1941 and 1944. Also used by the DAK with twin MG (AA mounted).

Why does the caption say "Tunis"? Tunis is the capital city. Does this look like a city?

The photo is from the morning of 26 February 1943. The event is the launch of Operation Ochsenkopf. The Tiger is “131” of 7 company Panzer Regiment 7, 10 Panzer Division, 5th Panzer Army.
In the car is Major Lueder, commanding this battle group.
A few kilometers ahead the whole operation will be stalled at Sidi N’sir.

The original caption in German:

Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-557-1018-26A, Tunesien, Fahrzeug neben Panzer VI (Tiger I)

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_101I-557-1018-26A,_Tunesien,Fahrzeug_neben_Panzer_VI(Tiger_I).jpg