American soldiers “re-purpose” a German Sturmgeschutze III tank. Great idea, I mean, the Americans would not get very far in their Sherman props, so just use German props instead, at least they worked. This would not create any confusion in the “chaos of war zones”, no not at all, because as you can see, the German Balkenkreuz has been painted over and an American military star painted on, so it’s easily recognizable at long distance, especially in the smoke and haze, rain and mud, and at night time; and the brave young men were all trained to work the “enemies” machinery and tanks, so they could just re-purpose, a lick of paint, jump in, and away you go to Berlin! Planes could easily tell the difference from the air also: “Oh, that’s our boys down there in a German tank, a cuckoo crew, hold fire.”
From “Fielding Captured Weapons: The Allied and Axis Approaches” –
Using the captured weapons and equipment of an enemy is commonplace during war. Frontline soldiers often find themselves short of what they need to accomplish their missions and quickly become ingenious at filling these holes in their order of battle with whatever they can find, capture or pilfer.”
You see, it’s written in military technical jargon, so it must be true. Young, brave men, with little training, no experience and hardly any education, are natural geniuses who can adapt quickly, without instruction, to any chaotic Frontline war zone, easily taking possession of highly technical weapons and equipment of their enemies and then using it against the enemy, to “knock them out” with their own weapons, and this is commonplace, happens all the time in war, and it is very effective. It is known, for example, that the British used to like adopting German tanks also, instead of using their own M13/40s, they would just capture some German Tiger and Panther tanks, get the Germans to surrender, which the Germans were very good at, and then jump in and continue on in the German tanks. Often the Germans would then continue on with the British, working as captured crewmen and mechanics in the Cuckoo Tanks, to keep the tanks going for as long as possible, so that more and more German tanks could be captured and re-purposed. To avoid any confusion in the field and to avoid friendly fire, the tanks were painted with easily identifiable identifications, or a flag, or something. Or just left as they were for a sneaky ambush.