In an article about the battle of Kursk from the Spring 2013 issue of MHQ, the author mentions a German attack lead by a captured T-34. How common was it for WWII armies to use opponents hardware? Also, since the Soviets retained the field after the battle, did they capture and press into service any of the disabled Panther or Tiger tanks?
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Dear Mr. Damron,
The Allies seldom used captured enemy weaponry in Europe and North Africa, but the Germans certainly did. As galling as it might have been for the Master Race to to admit it, the T-34 had its virtues and outnumbered as they were, the Germans were not that far above pressing captured T-34s into service. Likewise they used PPSh-41 submachine guns because of their reliability and high rate of fire. Erwin Rommel made liberal use of captured British armor and trucks to supplement his shaky supply lines, including a British command vehicle he called Der Mammut (“mammoth”). In the Pacific, I’ve seen photos, like the one below, of Marines occasionally using captured Japanese items, such as the 70mm light field howitzer and Type 89 grenade projector, against their former owners.
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