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 "To the Chairman of the GAU Artillery Committee, Major General of Artillery, comrade Hohlov

There are three captured weapons at army trophy warehouse #2375 (Budka Chichakovo railroad junction) belonging to the 31st Army that are of interest for study at the Artillery Committee, namely:

  1. A 57 mm anti-tank gun with a conical barrel, presumably designed according to the Gerlich principle. The barrel length is 65 calibers. The gun has a muzzle brake and split trails.
  2. A 76 mm anti-tank gun built by the Germans from our 76 mm model 1936 gun by means of installing a powerful muzzle brake and double layer gun shield. Steol fluid in the recoil brake was replaced with Braun fluid.
  3. A 75 mm French model 1897 gun modernized by the Germans by installing a muzzle brake, split trails, button trigger, sprung wheels, etc.
I also ask you to send 25 copies of reference posters for German weapons you have already studied to send them out to trophy departments of the Fronts.

Acting Chief of the Captured Armament and Trophies Directorate, Regimental Commissar Smirnov
Acting Commissar of the Captured Armament and Trophies Directorate, Military Engineer 2nd Class, Gubkin
September 9th, 1942."


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