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The North African heat waves that rose from the arid desert did not help the British artillerymen distinguish the figure they were aiming at. It was a German tank, the men were sure of that, but it looked different.
The tank’s square-shaped frame looked more prominent, more robust. It was probably just another Panzer III. Nothing that a few rounds from a 75-millimeter gun could not get rid of.
As the tank approached, the British soldiers opened fire. But when the smoke cleared, the men were aghast: the German vehicle kept advancing without a single scratch.
The Brits then fired another dozen rounds, but every single one bounced off.
Little did they know that they were facing the Wehrmacht’s most potent and devastating tank ever produced: the invincible King Tiger tank.
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