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Abandoned and disarmed French H-35 tank in Narwik, Norway, June 1940. Despite of tactical victory, Allied Expeditionary Forces were forced to retreat when things in France gone bad...
 
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Tiger 131 carrying markings of British First Army and 25th Army Tank Brigade seen alongside an A30 Challenger at the School of Tank Technology, Chertsey, Surrey. Note, the armour thickness (in inches) has been chalked onto both tanks.
 
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The French 75 mm field gun model 1897 is commonly considered as one of the best artillery pieces of first world war. During interwar period was widely adopted by armies of many countries, including ie: Poland, Belgium, Finland and United States (it's a father of 75mm gun on Sherman tank). In early years of WW2 the Germany captured large amount of these guns. They were used on small scale as the static defense guns in Atlantic Wall under name 7,5 cm FK 97(p) and 7,5 cm FK 97(f), but most of the guns were just send to the stock . The obsolete carriage designed for horse transport made these guns useless on modern battlefield. The situation changed in 1941, when Wehrmacht met T-34 tanks in Russia. Insufficient production rate of powerful AT guns forced Germans to create a stop-gap solution - they put these guns on modern carriage from 5 cm PaK 38. The 7,5cm PaK 97/38 was born.

The available ammunition was: few types of HE, APHE ( 7,5 cm K.Gr.Pz.Patr.(p) - ex-Polish Granat pancerny wz. 1910 with penetration about 61mm/500m, actually designed by French navy) and HEAT ( 7,5 cm Gr. 97/38 Hl/C with penetration value of 90mm). These guns were unsuccesful - AP ammunition was not better than used in 5 cm PaK, HEAT had very curved trajectory due to low velocity, HE was rather potent, but also the least important. Light German carriage was to weak for such a powerful gun so malfunctions were rather common. 3712 of these guns were made and used on the most theatres of second world war.

On the photo: British troops in Tunisia firing from captured gun, 1943
 
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