Beginning in 1965, the German Bundeswehr began to receive the first of some 6,485 Leopard main battle tanks. Replacing the Bundeswehr's American supplied M-47 and M-48 tanks, the Leopard was the first post war tank of European design introduced into German military service since the Second World War. By 1987, the Heer began replacing it's older Leopards with a newer upgraded variant the Leopard 2 main battle tank.
|A West German Army Leopard tank on maneuvers in 1983|
The uniform would have been completed with the wear of a green beret with the insignia of the Panzergrenadier troops depicting an armored personnel carrier positioned over crossed rifles surrounded by a wreath.
The left shoulder patch of two horses crossed against a red background is the unit patch of the Panzerbrigade 8.
The soldier was also presented the Abzeichen für Leistungen im Truppendienst in Gold (Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency in Gold) a round on its center and displays the German eagle surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves.as worn on the left breast pocket of the tunic.
Tanks of the Cold War Heer Panzertruppen:
Weight: 62.3 tonnes (61.3 long tons; 68.7 short tons)
Length: 9.97 m (393 in) (gun forward)
Width: 3.75 m (148 in)
Height: 3.0 m (120 in)
Armor: 3rd generation composite; including high-hardness steel, tungsten and plastic filler with ceramic component.
Main Armament: 1 x 120 mm Rheinmetall L55 smoothbore gun (42 rounds)
Secondary Armament: 2 x 7.62 mm MG3 Machine Guns (4,750 rounds)
Engine: MTU MB 873 Ka-501 liquid-cooled V-12 Twin-turbo diesel engine 1,500 PS (1,479 hp, 1,103 kW) at 2,600 rpm
Power/Weight: 24.1 PS/t (17.7 kW/t)
Transmission: Renk HSWL 354
Suspension: Torsion-bar suspension
Fuel capacity: 1,200 liters (317 gallons)
Operational Range: 550 km (340 mi) (internal fuel)
Speed: 72 km/h (45 mph)