- 12/05/2017 at 11:26 #61873Iain FullerParticipant
I know this may sound like a daft question but it has been bugging me.
How was this weapon moved? I know it could be trundled along by two men from it’s team but how was it brought onto the battlefield. I can’t see it being carried inside a BTR or BMP so was it towed behind them or porteed on a truck/APC (I’ve seen pics of this)?
Like I said just been bugging me….12/05/2017 at 13:55 #61890GeoffQRFParticipant
It’s quite small and folds down, so could be towed by a car like the Gaz or UAZ, or towed or slung in the back of a truck like the Gaz-66:
It could be fitted in the back of a jeep/truck
Or just pulled by hand over shorter distances
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www.quickreactionforce.co.uk12/05/2017 at 13:57 #61892Russell PhillipsParticipant12/05/2017 at 14:38 #61896GeoffQRFParticipant
I think the bigger ones, like the 82mm B-10 and 107mm B-11 were towed by the BTR (or a truck)
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www.quickreactionforce.co.uk12/05/2017 at 14:44 #61897
The Anti-Tank Platoon of a Motor Rifle Battalion (BTR) had two of them, with each being allocated a BTR-60PB for transport. Believe it or not, they were stuffed inside the BTRs. That might seem a squeeze, but that was par for the course in the Soviet orbat – the other two squads of the AT Platoon each had to squeeze two AT-4 ‘Spigots’ inside their BTRs. The SPG-9 was relatively lightweight – a little over 100lbs, so manageable between two or three soldiers.
The two-wheeled trolley was designed for ease of manhandling – it was too small and flimsy for towing behind a vehicle. There were no trailers authorised in the Anti-Tank Platoon TO&E, so that wasn’t an option either. I’m also not sure that the BTR-60 was (officially) fitted with a tow-hook.
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The Anti-Tank Platoon of a Motor Rifle Battalion (BTR) had two of them, with each being allocated a BTR-60PB for transport.
I think I knew that, and knowing they had a wheeled carriage, assumed they were towed rather than carried inside. Thanks, it’s always good to get better information.12/05/2017 at 14:59 #61899Iain FullerParticipant
Cheers JF, thanks for clearing that up. I thought it might be that but couldn’t quite get my head round it as it seems so impracticable hence wondering about it being towed/ported.
Must be fun trying to get one out when under fire!12/05/2017 at 16:50 #61907
They certainly liked to pack them in… 🙂
I once tried getting seven teenagers with webbing and weapons (rubber AKs) in the back of a BMP at Shrivenham… I can only assume that the Soviets had a good supply of malnourished recruits…
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I imagine it was a lot easier with BTR-80 – at least that has doors on the side.
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I lived in Shrivenham for a while.
EDIT: Sorry, not relevant..
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