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    A German tank, captured from Rommel's Africa Korps in the Western Desert during World War II, was handed over by Britain to the West German Army at a ceremony at Bovington, Dorset, UK, Nov 18.

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    A German tank, captured from Rommel's Africa Korps in the Western Desert during World War II, was handed over by Britain to the West German Army at a ceremony at Bovington, Dorset, UK, Nov 18. It was received by the West German Ambassador in London, Hans von Herwarth.

    The tank is surplus to the requirements of the already crowded Royal Armoured Corps Tank Museum at Bovington, and is a duplicate of one now on display. It was freshly painted in desert colours for the ceremony...and three black swastika were obliterated. The Germans asked for them to be removed as the Nazi swastika is now an illegal emblem in Germany.

    The insignia of the Africa Korpz is now on the side of the tank, which was captured by Britain's Eighth Army under Field-Marshal Montgomery. The tank was handed over by General Sir Richard McCreery, chairman of the trustees of the Tank Museum, to the Ambassador, accompanied by Lieutenant-Colonel A.G. Kraus.

    The Panzer tank is to go to the German Tank Troops School at Munsterlager. After the ceremony, it was loaded on to a transporter for the first stage of its journey back to Germany. It weighs 22 tons. It is a Mark IV with a 75mm gun.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA11WBZWO0KN3X353K0QLHFFDNF
    Media URN:
    VLVA11WBZWO0KN3X353K0QLHFFDNF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/11/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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