WH317 - The Marder I - In June 1940, after the Fall of France, the Germans found they had captured thousands of French (and plenty of British) vehicles and all kinds of armour. Among their captures were over 300 French “Lorraine” artillery tractors and armoured personnel carriers. Soon they were utilizing these and many others to mount all kinds of anti-tank guns to provide much needed artillery support for their troops on the Eastern Front. More than 170 “Lorraines” were converted to carry the standard German 75mm anti tank gun in an armoured cupola. Although most served in Russia a substantial number were supplied to the 21st. Panzer Division and saw plenty of action in Normandy after the invasion.