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"Ammunition Carried by German Tanks" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following report on Panzer III ammunition loads appeared in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 22, April 8, 1943.

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Two captured German tanks (Pz.Kw. 3's) were recently examined in the Middle Eastern theater. The number of rounds carried for the 50-mm (1.97-in) guns was as follows:

     HE      AP     TOTAL 
Tank 1     80 (45%)    98 (55%)    178 
Tank 2     51 (32%)   111 (68%)    162 

Of these, 86 rounds were carried loose on the floor of Tank 1, and 83 in Tank 2. In the bins of the first tank were 92 rounds, and there was room for 7 additional rounds; in the bins of the second were 79 rounds with room for 17 more. This indicates a total stock of some 185 and 179 rounds per tank, respectively.


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