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    Unusual WW II German Training Film Men Against Tanks or Männer gegen Panzer

    During WW II the Germans experimented with trying to make their training films as realistic as possible..

    This 1943 training film shows the German ground soldier how to take out tanks with hand held weapons.
    This movie used and destroyed captured Russian & French equipment and was made so well that this film was also used in
    Nato training after the WW II because Nato troops were facing the same types of tanks.

    The German solder with the 4 tank kill badges on his arm, who takes out the Russian KV-1, in the end of the 1st part is Wilhelm Niggenmeyer.
    He will go on to serve in the German army after the war.

    The film captures a lot of mistakes as well as "approved" up close and personnel tanks destruction techniques. Also it shows
    the hand held tank destruction weapons at the time in use.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGverUdTcdU

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    Very cool video! Thanks for sharing.
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    Cool video! Btw. Even in 1980, when serving in the German army, I still trained how to stop a tank with a flash grenade (shot out of something that looked like a pirate's pistol) with the intent to blind the driver as they had mirrors for orientation purposes all over the tank... and then followed up by a armor piercing grenade. Was fun training it, but I highly doubt that this actually would have stopped any tank to begin with.
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    Thanks, watch the whole thing, very interesting
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    This was an excellent historical film for WW 2 and Tank buffs.

    First I enjoyed seeing the early model T 34 B used in so many of the demonstrations.
    You see T 34/85 all the time, rarely do you see the B in such detail. I had never seen it's track close up like this film showed it crossing the trench. You can see just how wide it was
    Seeing the big KV 1 up close was also interesting, you could see it's tracks droop as it moved.

    Many of the German weapons I had not seen before such as the Combat Pistol L 42 point 24.40
    or that recoiless rifle looking crew served weapon used near the end of the reel. point 25.21
    What aircraft were used as mock up for Soviet aircraft? point 3.41
    They looked almost like U.S. Texan trainers. Did Germany have a similar aircraft?

    The English subtitles look very old, was this used by 1950's NATO or post war American,Commonwealth troops in the late 1940's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    This was an excellent historical film for WW 2 and Tank buffs.

    First I enjoyed seeing the early model T 34 B used in so many of the demonstrations.
    You see T 34/85 all the time, rarely do you see the B in such detail. I had never seen it's track close up like this film showed it crossing the trench. You can see just how wide it was
    Seeing the big KV 1 up close was also interesting, you could see it's tracks droop as it moved.

    Many of the German weapons I had not seen before such as the Combat Pistol L 42 point 24.40
    or that recoiless rifle looking crew served weapon used near the end of the reel. point 25.21
    What aircraft were used as mock up for Soviet aircraft? point 3.41
    They looked almost like U.S. Texan trainers. Did Germany have a similar aircraft?

    The English subtitles look very old, was this used by 1950's NATO or post war American,Commonwealth troops in the late 1940's?

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    For me the thing that threw me was seeing those small arms ports in the sides of the turrets.... I just never saw them in use before..

    Those planes were T-6s the Germans captured in France.

    Per some of those weapons. This is 1943 when it was filmed.. those anti tank weapons were in development.. Some were not fully developed..

    That puppchen at 24.40 is to cool for words

    https://www.militaryfactory.com/smal...allarms_id=761

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    Looked at the link you posted
    The puppchen is very interesting weapon
    Thanks


    https://www.militaryfactory.com/smal...allarms_id=761
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    Great film! enjoyed the historical aspect of it.

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    It seemed very realistic and I was surprised not seeing a bunch of NAZI superiority propaganda crap in it.
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    Awesome video. Thanks for sharing.
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