african armor

African cuirass, Bornu, 17th c or later, handwrought steel plates connected by rivets, completely covering the torso and shoulders, with applied brass studs to the reverse and much original finish. With its handwoven and embroidered padded tunic. The Bornu Empire was founded c. 1400 in what is now Northeast Nigeria and endured until the late 19th century. By the 16th century, strong Arab and Turkish military influence led to the development of a fearsome, elite, armored Bornu cavalry.

One of the ten Polish T-55LDs “donated” to the Rhodesian Armored Corps in 1979. Equipped with the Eland Mark 7′s communications system, infrared paint and re-positioned radio systems, they were issued to “E” Squadron of the RAC and were driven around the country on transports to give foreign press the impression that Rhodesia had way more than ten T-55s. They were deployed during the 1980 general elections in anticipation of ceasefire violations, but saw no combat.

An Eland-90 (license built Panhard-90) of the South African Army patrols Owambo - the border region of what now make up Angola and Namibia - during the South African Border War.

Following the end of World War I, South-West Africa fell under a League of Nations Mandate, administered by South Africa. By the 1960s, South Africa’s resistance to self-rule or independence had led to increased opposition of the local population and abroad, and in 1966, the UN terminated the mandate, an order which South Africa ignored. In the wake of the UN ruling, SWAPO (South-West Africa People’s Organization) erupted in a full insurgency against South African rule, prompting a conflict that would last for decades.

(Collection of HR Heitman)


Polish “Sherman” after the battle for the “Gothic line”. September 1944
Tanks “Sherman” 1st canadian armoured division moving to the “Gothic line”. Italy, 26 August 1944.
Polish tankers of the 4th armored regiment “Scorpion” in Italy.
Polish tankers of the 4th armored regiment “Scorpion” (4 Pulk Pancerny (PSZ) “Skorpion”) in German tank Pz.Kpfw.V “Panther” destroyed in the valley of the river Metauro (Metauro)
Soldiers of the 1st platoon of the 1st company of the 5th battalion of the 2nd brigade of the 3rd Carpathian rifle division, 2nd Polish corps (3 Dywizja Strzelców Karpackich, 2 Korpus Polski), hidden next to the broken German tank destroyer StuG M42, charge 2-inch mortar British production, providing fire support to the patrol in the mountains South of the river Senio in the heart of Faenza (Faenza). Behind the mortar is seen running with a walkie-talkie radio operator.

ACS Sturmgeschütz M42 mit 75/34 851(i) is the German designation in the Wehrmacht requisitioned Italian self-propelled artillery Semovente da 75/34.
New Zealand soldiers pose on broken tanks “Sherman” M4. Tanks were lost during the fighting on the “Gustav Line”, the “Hill of the Hanged.”
Wrecked tanks M4 “Sherman” the 6th South African armored division on the mountain road near the Italian town of Perugia.
The engineers of the Jewish Brigade in the British Army. Italy. 1943.
The Jewish brigade was created from volunteers from Palestine. Was part of the British army. After the war, its veterans were the basis of the Israeli army. Italy, 1943-1944.

someone really said that capitalism vs communism is no different than republican vs democrat regarding black ppl. yeah like who doesn’t remember the time when capitalists supported black ppl and gave armor to african combat liberators to defeat colonizers 😐