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Published: 03/10/2023 | Last Updated on 24/10/2023
Panzers of the Red Army: On the left, you can see a Panzer IV, and on the right, there’s a Panzer III.
These tanks were captured from the Germans and put to use by the Red Army.
Did you know?
In the spring of 1942, the Red Army began using German trophy technology extensively. By that time, they had captured numerous German vehicles, including tanks and self-propelled units. The damaged vehicles were sent to Moscow’s rear factories for repairs. To safeguard them from friendly fire and aerial attacks, large red stars were prominently painted on the sides, turrets, and even the roofs, although this precaution provided limited protection.
For instance, in 1943, during the liberation of the left-bank Ukraine, two Soviet StuG III batteries supported the 3rd Guards Tank Army. Near Pryluky, T-70 tank crews spotted a StuG III self-propelled gun despite the conspicuous red stars on its armor. They opened fire from a distance of 300 meters but couldn’t penetrate the captured self-propelled gun’s armor. Instead, they found themselves under fire from the self-propelled gun’s crew and accompanying infantrymen perched on its armor.
Read further details of Panzer III tanks here: https://tracks-of-steel.com/german-panzer-iii-panzerkampfwagen-iii-tank/