POTD: German Panzergrenadier with Heckler & Koch HK69A1

    Time for another Photo Of The Day. This time we’re in Germany for some training with their soldiers.

    We take a closer look at a Heckler & Koch that we don’t see too often, namely the HK69A1 or the Bundeswehr designation “AG40 A1“.

    In German, the grenade launcher is auto-translated into a “grenade pistol“, which actually makes a lot of sense considering what it looks like and what it does. It pistols grenades.

    The HK69A1 Grenade Launcher has a break-down action, single-action trigger and uses 40×46mm grenades.

    It is typically carried in a thigh holster. The sights are good for 50 to 350 m adjustments.

    Below: Note the grenade mid-air.

    (Photo: Bundeswehr / Loose)

    The machinegunner gives covering fire for his comrades.

    The squad inside the forest.

    Heckler & Koch G36s. Note the grenade launcher in the sling.

    I think this is a Marder, a German infantry fighting vehicle, with a 20 mm autocannon from Rheinmetall.

    (Photo: Bundeswehr / Loose)