World War II Tanks, Guns And More Found In Iraq (Watch)

Found in Bassoah, Iraq - 15cm sFH13/1 (Sf) Auf Geschutzwagen Lorraine Schlepper (f) (Sd Kfz 135/1 Photo Credit

Imagine yourself a modern day soldier, you are in Iraq fighting insurgents when all of a sudden you are faced with tanks that seem to come straight out of Call of Duty. You are faced with the same weapons your grandfathers used in the second world war when fighting the Germans or the Japanese.

In this video you will see an amazing collection of pictures of Allied armor, M4 Sherman, Churchill, M24 Chaffee, M36 Jackson, Crusader – you name it, they found it in Iraq.

Not only were these vintage tanks encountered, over 70 years after they were used. Scores of WWII weapons from all countries were used by the insurgents too. Lugers, Mausers, Garands, PPSH-41, M1919 .30cal machine gun, the list seems endless.

It is a testament to the craftsmanship of those who manufactured these weapons but let us hope this is the last time they are encountered outside a museum. They have all earned their place in history, now let them stay there.

Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.

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