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World War II Vehicles, Tanks, Airplanes, and Guns

World War II, a time in history of great upheaval the world over. Found here in are some of the machines used in that time by the men and women who fought the battles, delivered the supplies, and transported the wounded. Look around and enjoy the historical information, the specifications, pictures and videos of the machines of war that were used in World War II.

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29 March 2015, Great Britain's Kent class cruisers

There were a total of seven Kent class cruisers built. Two of them went to the Australian Navy as Country class ships.

HMS Cumberland at Grand Harbor, Malta:
HMS Cumberland at Grand Harbor, Malta
Imperial War Museum, A-31120

28 March 2015, Great Britain's E class cruisers

The E class were also intended to go up against reported German cruisers under construction during World War I. Two of the three initially ordered were finished.

HMS Enterprise:
HMS Enterprise
Imperial War Museum, FL-5389

28 March 2015, Great Britain's Hawkins class cruisers

Originally intended to hunt down German comerce raiders in World War I the four Hawkins class that remained were used extensively in the early part of World War II.

HMS Hawkins' crew in the Far East in 1929:
HMS Hawkins' crew in the Far East in 1929
Imperial War Museum, Q-115157

22 March 2015, Great Britain's Danae class, D class cruisers

The Danae class was in response to intelligence of German cruisers being constructed curing World War I. They served on and off after World War I upto World War II.

HMS Despatch:
HMS Despatch
Imperial War Museum, FL-9754

21 March 2015, Great Britain's Carlisle class cruisers

The Carlisle class was almost identical to the Ceres class except it had an improved bow. Though built during World War I they didn't see any combat during that war. Three of the Carlisle class were converted into anti-aircraft cruisers.

HMS Carlisle in Plymouth Sound in 1942:
HMS Carlisle in Plymouth Sound in 1942
Imperial War Museum, FL-5448

15 March 2015, Germany's Seydlitz light aircraft carrier

Adolf Hitler was impressed by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and ordered the uncompleted heavy cruiser Seydlitz to be converted into a carrier. Work started but it was eventually cancelled.

14 March 2015, Great Britain's Ceres class cruisers

The Ceres class were to be part of the Caledon class but there were modification made before construction started that made them distinctly different.

HMS Cardiff:
HMS Cardiff
Imperial War Museum, Q-65725

14 March 2015, Great Britain's Caledon class cruisers

The Caledon class light cruisers were built during World War I. One was lost right after World War I but the rest fought in World War II.

HMS Calypso:
HMS Calypso
Imperial War Museum, SP-1482

13 March 2015, Germany's Deutschland class heavy cruisers, Panzerschiffe (armored ships)

In the early 1920s the Germans were needing to replace some of their pre-World War I battleships but due to the restrictions in the Treat of Versailles they couldn't be over 10,000 tons.

Trying to meet those restrictions was difficult but by creating the "pocket battleship" they created a warship that almost had the punch of a battleship, decent armor, and good speed. Traits which would make the Deutschland class very excellent at long range merchant ship hunters.

KMS Admiral Graf Spee in the English Channel in April 1939:
KMS Admiral Graf Spee in the English Channel in April 1939
US Naval Historical Center, NH-104023

8 March 2015, Germany's M class cruisers

Intended to be part of the grandiose and unreachable Z Plan to rebuild Germany's Navy, the M class cruisers were to be able to have a long range to hunt down merchant ships. Though three were started all were cancelled and none finished.

7 March 2015, Germany's Hipper class heavy cruisers

The Hipper class was first being designed while Germany was still restricted from having heavy cruisers by the Treaty of Versailles.

KMS Admiral Hipper:
KMS Admiral Hipper
Imperial War Museum, HU-1009

7 March 2015, Germany's Nürnberg cruiser

Similar to the Leipzig the Nürnberg was mostly used for training during World War II.

KMS Nürnberg in 1935:
KMS Nürnberg in July 1934 with the KMS Königsberg
Bundesarchiv, DVM-10-BILD-23-63-63

6 March 2015, Germany's Leipzig cruiser

The Leipzig was a slightly modified K class cruiser. She was mostly used for training as she was heavily damaged by torpedo in December 1939 and it would have taken too much time and resources to get her back to full speed.

KMS Leipzig:
KMS Leipzig
Imperial War Museum, HU-1020

1 March 2015, Germany's K class cruisers

The K class cruisers were built during the 1920s as replacements under the restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles. All went on several world training cruises before World War II.

KMS Karlsruhe:
KMS Karlsruhe
Imperial War Museum, HU-1017

28 February 2015, Germany's Emden cruiser

The Treaty of Versailles heavily restricted what armament Germany could maintain and develop. The first post war warship was the Emden. It followed World War I light cruiser designs as there was no testing facility for new designs.

KMS Emden at Trincomalee, Ceylon:
KMS Emden at Trincomalee, Ceylon
Imperial War Museum, HU-1055

27 February 2015, France's De Grasse class Cruisers

Laid down right before the outbreak of World War II the De Grasse wasn't completed until well after the war.

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