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Trophy armored vehicles Wehrmacht. Belgium

By May 10, 1940 (the beginning of hostilities on the Western Front), the Belgian army was armed with more than 200 tanks and self-propelled-but-artillery mounts. The base of the tank fleet was 42 VickersT.15 light vehicles and eight ACG1s (an export version of the French Renault AMC35 light tank). The anti-tank units of the six personnel and six reserve infantry divisions were armed with about 160 self-propelled guns T. 13.

For towing 47-mm anti-tank guns in Belgium, a licensed release of Tracteur chenille Vickers-Carden-Loyd Utility lightweight tracked tractor was launched (English Vickers Utility B tractor). Before the outbreak of hostilities about 30 of such vehicles arrived. In the cavalry divisions, the vehicle for towing anti-tank guns became a four-wheel drive lightly armored Ford / Marmon-Harrington tractor. This car was assembled in Antwerp on the chassis of a Ford 81Y single-colored car using the front drive axle from Marmon-Harrington. A total of 68 tractors were manufactured.

Trophy Belgian armored vehicles - tanks T. 15 and self-propelled artillery system T.13 Type III - on one of the squares of Brussels. 1940 year

Several T. 15 and ACG1 tanks captured by the Germans were then handed over to police units. About the use of the Wehrmacht self-propelled artillery installations Canon automotor T. 13 is not known. However, the German designation - Panzerjage (Sfl) VA802 (b) - this machine received.

A small number of Belgian all-wheel drive (4x4) Ford / Marmon-Herrington light armored artillery towers were used in the Wehrmacht 14 and 35 and 8 tank divisions as reconnaissance vehicles. But the captured tracked tracteur chenille Vickers-Carden-Loyd Utility, which received the German designation Artillerieschlepper VA601 (b), was used much more widely for towing 50- and 75-mm anti-tank guns. Repair and even the production of these machines was established, which lasted as long as there were enough components.

In the Wehrmacht, the light tank T. 15 (pictured on the left), designated the Panzerspahwagen VCL 701 (e), and the self-propelled guns T.13 were practically not used

Self-propelled installation Panzerjager (Sfl) VA802 (b)

Tracked tractor Vickers-Carden-Loyd Utility tows 50-mm anti-tank gun Cancer 38

The Vickers-Carden-Loyd Utility light tracked tank received the designation Artillerieschlepper VA601 (b) in the Wehrmacht. The machine shown in the photo carries the Wehrmacht registration number, is equipped with the German blackout Notek and is used in the service of the German field mail

Several towers, dismantled by the Germans from captured ACG tanks, were used as firing points at the fortifications of the Atlantic Wall

The trophy Belgian light armored Ford / Marmon-Herrington artillery was used as a headquarters vehicle in the Wehrmacht 8 Panzer Division. There is a radio station installed on the machine, and a German Notek blackout lens on the left wing. The triangular flag on the left wing indicates that the vehicle belongs to the divisional headquarters.

The Ford / Marmon-Herrington trophy tractor is the vehicle of the commander of the 1 th battalion of the 11 th infantry regiment of the Wehrmacht 14 infantry division. The upper part of the driver's door and the entire rear passenger door are folded back

On the Russian roads was not easy and all-wheel drive Ford / Marmon-Herrington. This machine is equipped with a MG34 machine gun.
Articles from this series:
Trophy armored vehicles Wehrmacht. Poland
Trophy armored vehicles Wehrmacht. Belgium
Trophy armored vehicles Wehrmacht. Netherlands
Trophy armored vehicles Wehrmacht. France
Trophy armored vehicles Wehrmacht. Great Britain
Trophy armored vehicles Wehrmacht. USA
Trophy armored vehicles Wehrmacht. the USSR
Trophy armored vehicles Wehrmacht. Italy

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  1. avt
    avt 22 May 2013 09: 44 New
    Good continuation, interesting photos.
  2. Karlsonn
    Karlsonn 22 May 2013 13: 43 New
    A little off topic, but in the same Belgium the Germans got a couple more buns, moreover, not belonging to the Belgian Armed Forces.

    On photo:
    Captured in Belgium, the British 87-mm 25-pound field gun howitzers Mk.I VP (Quick Firing 25 pounder Mk.I VP), owned by the British Expeditionary Force in Europe.
  3. RoadRunner
    RoadRunner 22 May 2013 14: 07 New
    That's interesting.
    First saw trophy "marmons"
  4. il grand casino
    il grand casino 22 May 2013 21: 10 New
    That's the Germans like and scum, but well done ... all pulled into the economy)))
    1. LION
      LION 22 May 2013 21: 36 New
      Ultimately, all this variety of tracked and wheeled vehicles contributed to the defeat of the Wehrmacht. Logistics and spare parts. And the partisans who exacerbated this. The Red Army has a chassis T 34 (T 34, T 34-85, SU 85, SU 122, SU 100), a chassis KV (KV 1, KV 2, SU 152), a modernized chassis KV (ISU 152, IS 1, IS 2 , IS 3, ISU 122), chassis T 70 (SU 76). Everything seems to be. Correct if not so.
      1. il grand casino
        il grand casino 22 May 2013 23: 59 New
        But on the other hand, German industry, especially at the beginning of the war, could not give a lot of the necessary equipment ... And thank God that it could not))) YES and where to put the trophies? We also used German captured equipment. Do not throw it away, the right word ... Offhand KV (KV 85, KV-8) ... but the idea is clear.
  5. bublic82009
    bublic82009 22 May 2013 21: 59 New
    Germans from all over Europe collected equipment for themselves. it was possible to open a museum.
    APASUS 22 May 2013 22: 44 New
    Sometimes rare photos are found. Judging by the pictures, the Germans had a huge amount of various equipment. The Germans simply picked up all the equipment of the countries they had conquered.
    It is unclear how they carried out repairs themselves, THAT or just threw it away?
    1. Karlsonn
      Karlsonn 23 May 2013 01: 52 New
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