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    After WW2, how many armies pressed into service captured equipment?

    Originally posted by RichardS View Post
    Baker's Dozen of "It's mine now!"
    Captured weapons and equipment used by the opposing side.


    1. HMS Graph (formerly U-570)
    2. T-34s in German service
    3. Panther captured by the Soviet Union
    4. B-17 Flying Fortresses flown by the Luftwaffe and IJAAF
    5. Petty Officer Tadayoshi Koga's captured Zero
    6. Tommy with a MP-40
    7. French Panhard 178 as a Schienenpanzer (railway-protection vehicle).
    8. German with PPSH-41
    9. FW-190 flown by the USAAF
    10. PzKpfw 35(t) (formerly Czech LT-35)
    11. Captured Italian M13/40 by Australian Troops
    12. Patrol Boat 101, ex, HMS Thracian

    13. JU-87 Captured by the British in North Africa

    http://www.wio.ru/tank/capt/capt.htm

    http://www.indianamilitary.org/83RD/...gTagCircus.htm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7tlZDsNBkY

    Some of the 83rd Infantry Division's equipment:






    I don't think this was in Western Europe, probably North Africa?

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    Interesting; however, most of this is during WWII, not "after" it.
    Ragtag Armies post WW2

    The Spanish, for instance, used He-111's and Me109's post-war, while P-38's found a new home in South America, usually as maritime patrol aircraft.
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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    • #3
      I'd hold the Israeli army in 1948 as the example of that...



      Note the variety of helmets and gear in that photo



      French armor from before 1940...



      A Czech deathtrap of an airplane...



      Left over Italian artillery



      Scrounged up from somewhere...



      It most likely is air worthy....



      Where the hell did they get a Vickers "Dutchman" light tank from?



      Extra points for a really cool paint job!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
        Interesting; however, most of this is during WWII, not "after" it.
        Ragtag Armies post WW2

        The Spanish, for instance, used He-111's and Me109's post-war, while P-38's found a new home in South America, usually as maritime patrol aircraft.
        None of them captured - see the OP - read carefully
        The photos are all from a quote of a similar thread on WW2
        Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
        Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
          I'd hold the Israeli army in 1948 as the example of that...



          Note the variety of helmets and gear in that photo



          French armor from before 1940...



          A Czech deathtrap of an airplane...



          Left over Italian artillery



          Scrounged up from somewhere...



          It most likely is air worthy....



          Where the hell did they get a Vickers "Dutchman" light tank from?



          Extra points for a really cool paint job!
          Most of these were bought - sometimes from rather dodgy sources or scrounged and recovered from dumps and scrapyards and refurbished and not captured
          Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
          Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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          • #6
            From fall of 1944 to the war's end, FFI battalions were used to hole up the Germans in the Atlantic Wall pockets, most notably at La Rochelle and St. Nazaire. These battalions used a plethora of captured German equipment including heavy vehicles and tanks.
            You'll live, only the best get killed.

            -General Charles de Gaulle

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