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Formerly 298TYR16 Apr 2018 1:37 p.m. PST

A long shot I guess – I'm currently working on a wargaming project. Does anyone have any information on any GSFG units using BTR-50 as APC's in the 1960's ? I've searched around have yet to find the id of any Regiments confirmed to have operated the type.

Thanks, Niall

Onomarchos Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2018 11:37 a.m. PST

My understanding was that most of the tank divisions used them.

Formerly 298TYR17 Apr 2018 1:50 p.m. PST

Not sure about that – don't think there was ever enough produced to have completely equipped that many Tank Division MR Regiments.

Onomarchos Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2018 4:07 p.m. PST

Why do you say that? They produced over 6000 of them and an MRR in the 1960s needed less than 200 per regiment, so that would be the total in a tank division.

Remember that there was only 20 or so per battalion because they only used two per MR platoon.


Formerly 298TYR18 Apr 2018 2:55 p.m. PST

Onomarchos, maybe the use of the word "produced" was inaccurate. Actually I was reading one of the declassified CIA documents from the 1960's the other day; it was questioning production of BTR-40 / BTR-50 and I think BTR-60 and whether units in GSFG had enough of each type to fully equip as per their TOE. I've read through all the USMLM Annual Reports and BTR-50 rarely get mentioned. That may be because they were so common; but I've yet to actually identify specific units operating them. I know they were there, just can't find any specific reference to them and unit id's.

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