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Bundeswehr M3 halftrack?

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Bundeswehr M3 halftrack?
Posted by Tankluver on Friday, May 18, 2018 12:09 AM

Are there any pictures of the bundeswehr using M3 half tracks?

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, May 27, 2018 9:36 AM

I don't know of any, but when I was stationed in Mannheim, we rescued a former Bundeswehr halftrack that was destined for the range as a hard target. The battalion cleaned it up and it became our change of command and special event vehicle. It still operated in 1989-90. I know there are some of the restored pictures of the vehicle on Facebook, but not in German markings.

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Posted by Tankluver on Sunday, May 27, 2018 10:06 AM

That’s interesting and pretty cool. I didn’t realize the Bundeswehr had M3s until i read about it but i still haven’t had any luck finding pictures of it.

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, May 27, 2018 5:28 PM

I don’t know if they used the M3 Half Track, but they did use the M16 MGMC version. They did have full tracked M39 carriers when they were first formed in the 50’s.

Here is a good link to various vehicle types used by the Bundeswehr.

http://www.panzerbaer.de/types/index.htm

 

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Posted by Tankluver on Monday, May 28, 2018 9:51 AM

Thank you for the link 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, May 28, 2018 10:14 AM

I know we got the halftrack from Baumholder which was a large US Army base in Germany with tank ranges. If you search those key words, you may find some old photos of vehicles used as targets.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, May 28, 2018 1:49 PM

It’s always interesting to go out on an old range and see if you can ID what some target hulks were, based off of the remians.

 

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Posted by PFJN on Monday, May 28, 2018 3:04 PM

Ooops, why is it that when I just saw this thread, I inadvertantaly thought it sai "Budweiser" M3 halftrack and not "Bundeswehr" ?  Surprise

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  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Posted by M1GarandFan on Monday, May 28, 2018 4:25 PM

Now that's funny! I'm sure a shrink would have some interpretation of that for you. Maybe you really want a Bud. Or maybe a German beer! ;-)

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Posted by PFJN on Monday, May 28, 2018 9:15 PM

Surprise

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, May 28, 2018 9:50 PM

stikpusher

It’s always interesting to go out on an old range and see if you can ID what some target hulks were, based off of the remians.

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 6:56 AM

I looked for Bundeswher M3's and all i got was picks of caprtured vehicles used by the Germans in WW2 and an M16.

stikpusher

It’s always interesting to go out on an old range and see if you can ID what some target hulks were, based off of the remians.

 

Our ranges are full of 432 and Chieftan tank hulls. Never got to fire a MILAN at one but plenty of 30mm. I am just glad they saved the Schmaltürme from a range while tehre was stillsome of it left. never know what you might find in those places.

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 7:25 PM

GMorrison

 

 
stikpusher

It’s always interesting to go out on an old range and see if you can ID what some target hulks were, based off of the remians.

 

 

 

You were a TOW gunner. Please share.

 

 

I fired some live missiles at some M103 hulks. Hard to mistake those for anything else, and if you miss, you’re not even trying.

At Camp Roberts I remember coming across something based off a M4 VVSS  hull, but it was so shot up, the bogies were the only thing you could ID. At Hohenfels I recall seeing, in passing by, something that looked to be of German WWII origin. But I did not get a good close long look to ID that hulk either. It was just not a post war torsion bar suspension design. 

 

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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 8:31 PM

My father started his National Guard service in Michigan in 1950. When they moved to California in 1952 he spent weekends at Camp Roberts. 

He was on the M40 GMC, which was a HVSS as you know.

He decided one weekend he had too much to do at home to go. When the MP's came and dragged him away from his desk at United, Mom could only say "I told you so".

There are some references to M16 tracks in the German Army post war, I'd assume they were all over the place in that country.

They look to be solid dark green.

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