Captured Weapons & Equipment of the German Wehrmacht by Wolfgang Fleischer

By Wolfgang Fleischer

Covers the diversity of captured guns and kit utilized by the Wehrmacht.

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Qxd:Layout 1 15/4/09 11:49 Page 51 THE STRATEGIC SITUATION On August 2, 1990, the Iraqi army overran Kuwait, spearheaded by T-72 tanks of the Republican Guards. President George H. Bush proclaimed: “This shall not stand,” and the United States began mobilizing a coalition to liberate Kuwait. President Saddam Hussein had picked a particularly bad time to provoke the US and its allies as the climax of the Cold War had meant there was a substantial reserve of heavy combat forces in Germany that could quickly be deployed to the Arabian Gulf.

The TC’s hatch had three positions: fully open, fully closed, and intermediate, in which the overhead hatch could be locked partially open to allow the TC to hear and see all around while offering some overhead cover. US Army training encouraged TCs to ride with their heads outside the tank, since this provided better situational awareness. 50cal heavy machine-gun on a remote-control mount; this could be operated from inside the tank when fully buttoned-up, and a periscopic sight was provided for this function.

The carousel contained an assortment of 22 projectiles and 22 Zh40 propellant cases, stowed horizontally with the projectiles forming the bottom layer and the propellant cases the top layer. The additional rounds were stored in the hull around the turret: four projectiles and propellant cases in pockets in the right front fuel cells, two projectiles and Zh40 cases behind the commander’s seat, two projectiles and one Zh40 case immediately behind the gunner, three projectiles on racks on the left rear hull side, six projectiles on the rear firewall, and eight Zh40 propellant cases in cavities in the rear fuel tank, on the floor behind the ammunition carousel.

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