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German Sappenpanzer trench armor question...


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Hello All,

I recently stumbled upon a German Sappenpanzer chest plate.  Discussing the find with an “old-timer” collector friend, he indicated that it was a relatively common thing for machine gunners to remove the lower scale segments to lighten the arrangement, and thinking about it, it seems to make sense given the % of above-trench line upper body exposure machine gunners would be presenting.  Has anyone else encountered this anecdote?  Or even better, seen photographic evidence of this field modification? 

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