Sarkozy offers a WW2 Panther Tank to King Abdullah of Jordan

#1
Apparently, the king of Jordan is a WW2 buff...or maybe he suffers from the dreaded Wehrmacht Penis Envy so accurately described by some academics....

Nevertheless, Carla's husband has seen it fit to offer one of France's 4 Panthers which until recently was exposed in the Saumur Tank Museum to his "great friend" the King of Jordan in exchange for two other tanks that experts have described as "useless".....according to some, it was the fully functionable Panther which used to be put on display every year in Saumur during the "Caroussel" of the Cavalry School.

The Tank being property of the Armed Forces and Carla's husband being the boss of the said forces, he probably considered it was his very own property.

I don't know what the dwarf was expecting in return but this is fcucking ridiculous ! :-(

La France offre un tank au roi de Jordanie - L'EXPRESS

(In French only)
 
#2
Links is some foreign gibberish
 
#4
Google Franglaise translation:

Of France had only four copies of the German tank.

It is a rare coin collection, which France had only four copies: a
German Panther Tank (Panzer or V) from the Second World War. Great Britain and
Germany each have a single specimen, the United States, two. Their value is
"Invaluable," said one member who prefers to remain anonymous. And for good reason: the French State
goes to exchange one of its precious Panther against two recent models of armored
German little value. Reason for this fool's bargain? The craft, owned by the army and
previously exposed to the Tank Museum at Saumur, was offered "by France" to King Abdullah
Jordan, a collector of the period but also a great friend of Nicolas Sarkozy. Conveyed
the Evreux air base in December 2010, the tank waiting to be recovered by incessantly
its new owner. With less than a revolution ...
 

RP578

LE
Book Reviewer
#5
Links is some foreign gibberish
Translates as:
It is a rare coin collection, which France had only four copies: a German Panther tank (or Panzer V) from the Second World War. Britain and Germany each have a single specimen, the United States, two. Their value is "priceless," said one member who prefers to remain anonymous. And for good reason: the French government is preparing to swap one of its precious Panther against two recent models of German tanks of little value. Reason for this fool's bargain? The craft, owned by the army and exposed the hitherto Tank Museum at Saumur, was offered "by France" to King Abdullah of Jordan, a collector of the period but also a great friend of Nicolas Sarkozy. Conveyed the Evreux air base in December 2010, the tank waiting to be recovered soon by its new owner. With less than a revolution ...
edit: Beaten to it ...
 
#6
Translates as:

It is a rare coin collection, which France had only four copies: a German Panther tank (or Panzer V) from the Second World War.
So Sako is swapping Abdullah a coin for two tanks?




Sounds like bargain!
 
#9
Google Franglaise translation:

Of France had only four copies of the German tank.

It is a rare coin collection, which France had only four copies: a
German Panther Tank (Panzer or V) from the Second World War. Great Britain and
Germany each have a single specimen, the United States, two. Their value is
"Invaluable," said one member who prefers to remain anonymous. And for good reason: the French State
goes to exchange one of its precious Panther against two recent models of armored
German little value. Reason for this fool's bargain? The craft, owned by the army and
previously exposed to the Tank Museum at Saumur, was offered "by France" to King Abdullah
Jordan, a collector of the period but also a great friend of Nicolas Sarkozy. Conveyed
the Evreux air base in December 2010, the tank waiting to be recovered by incessantly
its new owner. With less than a revolution ...
Ill see you a google transaltion and raise you a bing translation:

It is a piece of rare collection, the France held that four copies: German tank Panther (or Panzer V) dating from World War II. Britain and the Germany each have a unique specimen, the United States, two. Their value is "priceless" judge a military who prefers to remain anonymous. And for good reason: the French Government prepares to barter one of its valuable Panther against two recent models of German armoured vehicles without great value. Reason for this market of fools? The spacecraft, property of the army and previously exposed at the Museum of armored vehicles, at Saumur, was offered "by France" King Abdullah Jordan, great collector of this period but also great friend of Nicolas Sarkozy. Ferried on Evreux airbase in December 2010, the char expected shortly recovered by its new owner. At less than a revolution...

Only 'cos it has 'Char' in it...lets forget this market of fools and hava cuppa :-D
 
#10
Ill see you a google transaltion and raise you a bing translation:

It is a piece of rare collection, the France held that four copies: German tank Panther (or Panzer V) dating from World War II. Britain and the Germany each have a unique specimen, the United States, two. Their value is "priceless" judge a military who prefers to remain anonymous. And for good reason: the French Government prepares to barter one of its valuable Panther against two recent models of German armoured vehicles without great value. Reason for this market of fools? The spacecraft, property of the army and previously exposed at the Museum of armored vehicles, at Saumur, was offered "by France" King Abdullah Jordan, great collector of this period but also great friend of Nicolas Sarkozy. Ferried on Evreux airbase in December 2010, the char expected shortly recovered by its new owner. At less than a revolution...

Only 'cos it has 'Char' in it...lets forget this market of fools and hava cuppa :-D
So he's swapping them a coin and a rocket for two knackered tanks?

Doesn't sound such a good deal now..
 

the_boy_syrup

LE
Book Reviewer
#11
No doubt he'll get it going and then set it loose on some pro democracy protestors

President Obama stated "If the British Army had done it's job in 1944 that tank wouldn't be crushing nice Africans"
 

Ravers

LE
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#12
I don't see what the fuss is all about. Technically the tank should belong to us or the yanks. It's not like the frogs can claim it was a war trophy, everyone knows they were merely spectators.
 
#14
I don't see what the fuss is all about. Technically the tank should belong to us or the yanks. It's not like the frogs can claim it was a war trophy, everyone knows they were merely spectators.
Spectators? hell I didnt know they were even in the Stadium still....
 
#15
Was just thinking Saumur could have a great yearly event there

the Running of the Panzers

Frogs running for their lives at the sound of a Maybach engine

Historic, & Healthy hold it in May
 
#16
I wonder if the frogs waved enthusiastically at it when if left their country..............much as they did when it arrived?
 
#17
According to WW2 Allied Intel gathered from POWs, the Panther could not run more than 62 miles before requiring maintenance. After 1000 miles it needed a complete overhaul.....the protestors should be safe.
So that was why the French Army collected up all the Panthers they could from all over Europe in 1945 and issued them to their tanks units.

With a tank that broke down after 62 miles, there was no danger of the French Army ever getting to a fight.

I admire the French genius of this plan!!!!
 

the_boy_syrup

LE
Book Reviewer
#18
Spectators? hell I didnt know they were even in the Stadium still....
That's a tad harsh mate
Records show that in June 1945 99.9% of all French Citizens had actively been in the resistance
 
#19
That's a tad harsh mate
Records show that in June 1945 99.9% of all French Citizens had actively been in the resistance
June 7,1944,fastest recruitment drive ever recorded,Edith Piaf only one not to join French Resistance.
 
#20
Actually there were only two French unit equipped with Pz V after WW2, the 503e RCC and the 6e Cuirassiers. The last Panther were phased out in 1952 because of a lack of spare parts. Some FFI units also used a few Pz V around the Royan pocket.

As for the 4 French Panthers, two were captured by the French 2nd Armoured Div in Dompaire in Septembe 1944; the origin of the other two is unknown to me.

According to http://the.shadock.free.fr/Surviving_Panthers.pdf.

Panther Ausf. A (n° 201) – Somewhere in Jordan This tank was previously part of the Saumur Tank Museum collection, and was exchanged in 2010 against 2 modern German military vehicles. It is now part of the King Abdallah of Jordan collection
 

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