Beutepanzers of World War II

Captured tanks and AFVs in German service

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Beutepanzers of World War II

Captured tanks and AFVs in German service

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Illustrated with original artwork and archive photos, this is the history of Germany's extensive use of captured tanks in World War II.

In this book Steven J. Zaloga, one of the world's leading armor authorities, uncovers the history of one of the least-known aspects of Germany's World War II Panzers: the extensive use of captured armored vehicles, “Beutepanzer.” The best came from the fall of France, and the Somua S 35 and Panhard 178 proved popular in German service. Others, such as the antique Renault FT, were used for secondary tasks such as anti-partisan missions and airfield protection. Most curious of all were the “Becker conversions,” a private venture of a German artillery officer with family industry, who mechanized his unit's towed artillery and went on to oversee the modernization and upgunning of many French Beutepanzers. These would play a particularly important role in Normandy in 1944.

Although the Wehrmacht captured large numbers of Soviet tanks, these saw very limited service, and most were sent to the smelters. When Italy switched sides in September 1943, the Italian AFV industry continued producing tanks and AFVs for the Wehrmacht, while tanks and AFVs captured from other Allied armies including Britain and the US were generally used on a small, improvised scale.

Illustrated with superb new profiles and some rare archive photos, this is a concise guide to an intriguing element of World War II armor.

Table of Contents

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Early Blitzkrieg Beutepanzer (Poland, Belgium, Netherlands)
The French Connection (French 1940 equipment)
The French Connection: Becker Conversions
War in the East- Barbarossa Beutepanzer
War in the East- Battlefield Expedients
The Italian Connection (Production of Italian AFVs for Germany)
Allied Rarities (Use of captured British and US tanks and AFVs)
Further Reading

Product details

Published Sep 24 2024
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472859389
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Illustrated throughout with 40 photos and 8 pages of colour illustrations
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 332
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Steven J. Zaloga

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from U…


Felipe Rodríguez

Felipe Rodríguez Náñez (aka Felipe Rodna) lives wi…


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