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Old 24 March 2015, 02:32 AM
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You're forgetting how strangled for resources the Germans were by that point. They had the ability to build tanks that outclassed the Panzer II and Panzer III by then, but they didn't have the ability to build them in sufficient numbers. The Panzer II was pulled from line combat duty well before the Battle of the Bulge, but it was still used as a recon vehicle. The Panzer III was extremely inferior to the Sherman and T-34, but Germany couldn't build enough Tigers and Panthers to make a difference. I don't think it's terribly likely to that there were any Panzer IIIs getting taken out by a single shot from an anti-tank rifle during the Battle of the Bulge, but it's not completely implausible.
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