Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Tanks and AFVs (5) Ontario, Ottawa, Canadian War Museum, Captured German Equipment (1939-1945)

Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles, Ontario, Ottawa,

Canadian War Museum, Captured German Equipment (1939-1945)

Data current to 14 July 2019.

The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document all historical Tank and Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) preserved in Canada.   Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these machines to provide and update the data on this website.  Photos are by the author unless otherwise credited.  Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, correctons or amendments to this list of Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Canada would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at

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German Panzer II Light Tank, Call Sign 112, 19, G.

PIAT anti-tank gunners of The Regina Rifle Regiment who knocked out a German PzKpfW V Panther tank thirty yards from Battalion Headquarters, Bretteville-l'Orgeuilleuse, France, 8 June 1944.  Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3405774)

German PzKpfW V Panther tank, being examined by Infantrymen of the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade, Authie, France, 9 July 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3401771)

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German Panzer V Panther Ausf A Main Battle Tank.  

This Panther on display in the Canadian War Museum was acquired by Canadians in Northwest Europe sometime before 15 Nov 1944, and shipped to Canada from the UK on the SS Manchester Shipper, some time between 8 January and 29 March 1945.  The Panther took part in the Victory-in-Europe ( V-E) Day parade in Ottawa on 8 May 1945.  It is not one of the vehicles shipped to Canada by Captain Mowat.  It was later sent to Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario, where it remained for 60 years.  DND’s Directorate of History and Heritage transferred the tank to the Canadian War Museum in 2005 where, after a two-year, 4,000-hour, restoration project, it was placed on public display in January 2008.

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German Jagdpanzer IV/70 Assault Gun.  This is an early 1945 production AFV.  It was captured by the 4th Canadian (Armoured) Division near Wilhelmshaven in May 1945.

German Sturmgeschütz 40 Ausf G Assault Gun.  This AFV was brought to Canada by Captain Farley Mowat and his Intelligence Collection Team in 1945.  It was later placed an artillery range where is served as a range target until it was recovered for the Canadian War Museum

Privates M. Voske and H. Browne of the Calgary Highlanders examining a captured German radio-controlled Goliath tracked mine, Goes, Netherlands, 30 October 1944.  (Capt Ken Bell Photo, Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3231598)

German Goliath Tracked Mine.

Personnel at a 1st Canadian Army Headquarter's captured vehicle park, examining a Goliath remote control vehicle developed by Borgward for the German Army. Apeldoorn, Netherlands, 12 June 1945.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No.  3204123)

Soliders of the South Saskatchewan Regiment in captured German Schwimmwagen amphibious car of the Wehrmacht, Rocquancourt, France, 11 August 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3396197)


VW Type 166 Schwimmwagen (Floating/Swimming Car) amphibious four-wheeld drive off-roader vehicle, used extensively by German ground forces during the Second World War.  The Type 166 is the most numerous mass-produced amphibious car in history.

German Second World War Mercedes-Benz 770 (W150), Staff Car.

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German Panzer IA light tank.  this one was held by the Canadian War Museum, but was traded to Jacques Littlefield in California for six pieces of armour that were significant to Canada.  The Panzer I is very rare, but was not very relevant to Canada as it was obsolete by the time the majority of the Canadian Army came into contact with the German Wehrmacht.  The CWM acquired 1. Staghound Armoured Car. (Type used by Canada).  2. Churchill tank (Type used by Canada).   3. Lee M3 tank (Type used by Canada).   4. Stuart M5A1 tank (Type used by Canada).  5. Grizzly M4A1 tank (Made in Canada). Repatriation.  6. A Ram ARV (hulk) was to be part of the deal but there was a problem and another vehicle was provided.  (Colin MacGregor Stevens)