Captured Soviet soldier dressed in SN-42 body armor – 1944

Captured Soviet soldier dressed in SN-42 body armor – 1944

Stalnoi Nagrudnik – the steel bib, designed to stop the 9mm pistol round and potentially even a round from a rifle as long as it did not hit directly front on.

In this photo three non-penetrating bullets have hit the front of the vest and have been successfully stopped, saving this young soldiers life.

US Infantry, German POW’s and a ruined Half track

US Infantry, German POW’s and a ruined Half track

France 1944, US infantry and German POW’s march past the remains of a US M3A1 torn apart.

The M3A1 was a M3 with the improved M49 machine gun ring mount over the right hand front seat. All M3 halftracks were continually upgraded to M3A1 versions throughout the course of the war.