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Bruce:

Fascinating post. Note the Czech light tank. The Germans would use the same in the opening months of the war in Europe.

Originally posted on Military History Now:

As World War Two neared its second anniversary, two counties on the sidelines, Ecuador and Peru, began their own conflict, that is until the United States called on both to break it up.

Soldiers in French uniforms, supported by Czech tanks, Italian artillery and American fighter planes, doing battle against an enemy armed with German rifles and 19th Century field guns – It happened in the jungles of South America in 1941. In this edition of Wars You Never Knew About we examine the war between Ecuador and Peru.

On July 5, 1941, the world’s gaze was fixed on the ever-widening Second World War.

On that day, Hitler’s armies, already in the second week of Operation Barbarossa, were driving deeper into the Soviet Union. America, not yet in the war, was drifting ever closer to its fateful and history-changing showdown with Japan. July 5 was also the day that…

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