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The Kugelpanzer at the Kubinka Tank Museum, 2006

The Kugelpanzer, "Ball Tank", is perhaps one of the rarest and strangest armored fighting vehicles built. Only one example of this reconnaissance Rollzeug (Rolling Vehicle) was captured by the Soviets and it survives today as part of the Kubinka Museum's collection of German armored vehicles. The Kugelpanzer is listed as Item #37 and has been painted over gloss white. From fragmentary information sources, it is believed that the drive has been removed from the vehicle and no metal samples have been allowed to be taken from it. The history of the vehicle is unknown, as no documents were found with it and the vehicle had no clear markings.[citation needed]

Known facts[edit]

Only five firm facts are available:

  1. The Kugelpanzer was a light Reconnaissance AFV
  2. The Kugelpanzer was captured by the Soviet Red Army in 1945 in Manchuria
  3. The Kugelpanzer was plated with only 5mm of armor on its hull
  4. The Kugelpanzer was powered by a single cylinder two-stroke engine
  5. The Kugelpanzer was operated by one person

See also[edit]

Media related to Kugelpanzer at Wikimedia Commons