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Hi folks, I'm a new user here, though I've visited the site for quite some time. I recently noticed in this photo below that there are actually two tanks in the background - one of which resembles a Schneider. Not sure if this could add to some information for this site's page regarding French Beutepanzers, but it did strike me as a very unique picture nonetheless.

The image shows a unit towing several guns by foot. They appear to be a designated Storm Battalion as they are wearing the mountain trousers and carrying Kar98AZ rifles. Their helmets are painted in camouflage which indicates this is likely from late 1918 (presuming it is indeed a wartime photo.) In the background there is what appears to be a Mark IV tank and a Schneider tank.

 



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I think we may have had this image under discussion before. From memory the image was taken at a proving ground in late 1918.

The guns are Rheinmetall infantry support guns. Only a tiny number of these were completed before the end of the war.

The unit has been identified as a Bavarian artillery special detachment tasked with working with new and experimental guns.

The tank in the background is, indeed, a Schneider but nothing is known of its capture or the use the Germans put the tank to.

The Germans generally didn't bother recovering Schneiders since they thought them inferior and just used the wrecks in place as strongpoints.

Regards,

Charlie

 



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Awesome, thanks for the info! It's unfortunate we may never know how many Schneiders the Germans captured, but it seems to me like 1-2 would be in the range of 'probable.'



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