It's a little-known historical fact that Germany and Japan deployed Rancors in both the European and Pacific theaters to fight against the Allied onslaught. While generally useful in the open battles in the fields of Europe and the jungles of the Pacific islands, their Achilles heel was found to be close quarter battles in the cities, where the Rancors were easily defeated by dropping doors on their heads. Ultimately, the Rancors were unable to turn the tide of battle in favor of the Axis, and they were withdrawn.

Rancors in WWIIS

Rancors in WWIIS

Rancor defending the beach at Butariti in the Gilbert Islands, November 20, 1943.

Rancors in WWIIS

US Marines fighting off a Rancor in the jungles of Bougainville, March 1944.

Rancors in WWIIS

Soldiers of the 55th Armored Infantry Battalion and a tank of the 22nd Tank Battalion advance against a Rancor in Wernberg, Germany.

Rancors in WWIIS


"Marines storm a Rancor defending its position at Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, November 1943.

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