November 22, 2015

Dog and Pony Show!

Tiger of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 503 inspected by Turkish officials
"Dog and pony show" has come to mean a highly promoted, often over-staged performance, presentation, or event designed to sway or convince opinion for political, or less often, commercial ends. (Wikipedia)

In the area of Belgorod on June 27, 1943 a few days before Operation “Zitadelle” Army Group South organized a “dog and pony” show for Turkish officials, in order to impress them. At the time Turkey was neutral and was approached by both the Axis and the Allies.

Tigers of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 503 along with a Kampfgruppe from the 7th Panzer-Division and Luftwaffe’s Stukas presented an impressive spectacle, executing a live fire exercise. The Tigers spearheaded the Kampfgruppe’s advance and were praised by the visitors.

Photo attribution
Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-704-0149-32A/Mahla/CC BY-SA 3.0 de, via Wikimedia Commons