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By James Sidney Lucas

Notwithstanding remembered via the area for the alleged atrocities they dedicated, Hitlers SS Divisions additionally earned the distinction in their rivals for his or her soldiering talents and backbone. This learn examines the Das Reich department which observed motion on all German fronts.

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Armor -------------------.. 98 inch). Crew ---------------------4 men. Armament ----------------1 57-mm tank gun; 2MGs. Engine ------------------136-horsepower, gasoline. Ground contact -----------12 feet. Width of track ------------12 inches. Track pitch --------------- - 6 inches. Diameter rear sprocket -----30 inches. Diameter bogie wheel ------9 inches. Diameter front idler ----36 inches. Height to center of idler .. 33 inches. ------ 15 miles per hour. 100 miles. 34 ° . 8 feet, 3 inches wide.

Power is furnished by a gasoline engine. A 57-mm low-velocity tank gun is the main armament, mounted in a turret capable of 360-degree traverse. In addition to the machine gun mounted in the front plate of the vehicle there is another mounted in the rear of the turret. -Type 89A (1929) medium tank. APPROXIMATE SPECIFICATIONS: Weight -------------------13 tons. Length -------------------19 feet, 3 inches. Width --------------------7 feet, 1 inch. Height -------------------8 feet, 6 inches. Clearance -----------------19 inches.

15 inches. Number of links per 97. tracks. Angle of approach . 31 ° . 24 ° . Angle of departure.. 12 feet, 2 inches. 5 . pounds per square inch. Ground pressure -. Drive ----------- -. Front-sprocket. Driver's controls: Controls from right to left are: gear lever, transfer case lever, left steering lever, left skid-brake lever, clutch pedal, hand brake, foot brake, throttle, right skid. brake lever, right steer. ing lever. Also, left of the driver's seat: decompression lever; right of driver's seat: hand throttle.

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