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German Panzers after WW2

March 6 2007 at 10:08 PM

There were several nations after WW2 that had their forces equipped with former German tanks Let\s try to collect some more info.

On the Tanks! website I found these Norwegian KWIIIs:

"After the end of WW2, Norway used approximately 32 PzKpfw. III (5cm and 7.5cm) and StuG III Ausf. G under the designation KW-III. Later on they were replaced with American M24 Chaffee light tanks."

France had some units equipped with Panthers I think an of course Spain still had its Panzers, as did Turkey as well. The Czechoslovlaks used Hetzers and halftracks, the Swiss used the Hetzer as well. I understand from discussions on a Spanish Forum that it were Spanish panzers that would later be equipping the Syrian army!

What other countries used German armour after WW2?

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March 6 2007, 10:22 PM 

from the Tanks! website, that good old source of info!


"15 Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf.Js were purchased from Germany in mid-1944. A further tank deliveries were halted when the Finland-German war (Lapland war) began. When PzIVs arrived in Finland, the Continuation War was about to end and were modified to meet the needs of Finland. These included changing the German MG34s to Soviet Degtyarevs and removing the additional side armor plating. None of them actually saw operational service against Soviets. They did become involved in the fighting against Germans in Lapland. After the war PzIVs remained in service and were one of the best tanks available until deliveries of the Charioteer and Comet from the UK."

Switzerland: the G13 Hetzer

"A German tank destroyer whose design was the direct result of General Heinz Guderian's March 1943 agitation for a light tank destroyer. A total of 2584 were built from April 1944 to May 1945. After WW2, the Swiss purchased 158 of these small tank destroyers and designated them as model G13. The Hetzers ("G13") went into three tank destroyer battalions each of four companies, plus an HQ company"

A link to French Panthers

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Hans Heesakkers

Re: German Panzers after WW2

March 8 2007, 8:26 PM 

Syria used some PzKfw IV and StuG III on the Golan Heigths during 1967 against the Israelians

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marcelo vinci

german ww2 tanks in syrian service

March 10 2007, 2:43 AM 

From tank battles of the mid-east wars vol.1
author: steven zaloga

syria received:

jagdpanzer 70: 6
hummel: 5
stug III ausf.g: 28
pzkpfw IV ausf.h: 25 (but the photo caption includes the pzkpfw III in total).

marcelo vinci

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March 12 2007, 11:02 PM 

Does Zaloga say where the tanks came from? I have read somewhere on a Spanish forum that these were sold by Spain to Syria!

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Costas Tsaganas

Re: Thanks

March 13 2007, 11:57 AM 

According to some sources the Syrian vehicles of German origin came from France and (Former) Czechoslovakia.

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marcelo vinci

syrian stug III ausf.G photo

March 30 2007, 11:58 PM 

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the machine gun mount is a local modification

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marcelo vinci

sorry for the late reply

March 31 2007, 12:09 AM 

jagdpanzer 70: ?
hummel: probably france
stug III ausf.g: france
pzkpfw IV ausf.h: czechoslovakia and/or france, maybe spain late

marcelo vinci

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pictures of ex-Syrian panzers captured by the Israelis

March 14 2007, 12:09 AM 

These links lead to pictures from tank museums in Israel; among many rarities, you can see Pz IV and Sturmgezschütz III obviously captured from Syrians



But to be honest, the whole of the pictures are worth seing: there is even the Israeli-made adaptation of the BTR 152; I had been looking for years for good photographic evidence of this APC.

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March 18 2007, 3:03 PM 

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March 19 2007, 12:10 AM 

Thanks for the link.

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Susan Cross

Syrian ex-Spanish panzers

March 24 2007, 11:22 AM 

At this site there is a write-up of the 17 Panzer IV sold by Spain to Syria, also a description of the Placencia 45mm/44 knockoff of the Russian 45mm and the 60mm/45 of 1948 and the 60mm/50 of 1953.

Also CETME 45mm-25mm subcalibre ammunition and the Spanish use of 25mm ex French supplied by Germany after 1940.


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Spanish AT guns

March 24 2007, 10:00 PM 

Pictures of Spanish antitank guns preserved at the Museo de Unidades Acorazadas, near Madrid.


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Muchas gracias,

March 25 2007, 1:44 AM 

Many tks Amadeo!

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Spanish AT guns II

March 31 2007, 7:37 PM 

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The Edge


April 3 2007, 2:21 PM 

¿¿¿ Whence this one come out ??? (Date, Mnfc)

Rheinmetall derivative, or...?

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Any more info?

April 4 2007, 5:19 PM 

Great new intriguing gun... Amadeu

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David Reasoner

Re: Any more info?

April 4 2007, 9:12 PM 

It would appear to be a French Puteaux 25mm SA37 antitank gun with most of the shield removed. The Patton Museum has a similar weapon (with complete gunshield) in it's collection.


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April 4 2007, 10:17 PM 

Indeed it appears to be simply the Hotchkiss 25mm model 37 without the shield and the muendungsbremse. Everything else matches. It is also mentioned in the descriptions on the link mentioned by Susan.

This message has been edited by nuyt on Apr 4, 2007 10:18 PM

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Tomas Jakl

A Syrian JPz IV

March 27 2007, 10:32 PM 

Click on picture in link to enlarge.

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