Tank Commanders and Flak Jackets

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Brian Von Stauffenberg
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Tank Commanders and Flak Jackets

Post by Brian Von Stauffenberg » 01 Apr 2002 17:20

It seems logical that Tank Commanders should have been provided with Flak Jackets and or Helmets to counter the threat of enemy fire/snipers, is there any evidence of this?

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Post by Christian Ankerstjerne » 01 Apr 2002 18:20

Well, the steel helmets of WWII were not in any way able to stop a bullet, unless it was from an angle. The same as for the flak jackets, I believe. Therefore, there were no real reason for them to have the helmets on.
The tank crews did have helmet, though, in case they would have to be on foot, but these were stored on the exterior of the tank for reasons of space.


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