West German soldiers of the Fifth Panzer Corps are using an Israel-built machine-pistol, the Uzi, in training exercises at Coblenz.
SV NCO issues pistols to soldiers in line.
CU Pistols handed over.
MV Soldier ties blind-fold.
GV Blindfolded troops dismantle pistols.
CU Pistols dismantled.
SV NCO locks on.
CU Pistol assembled.
GV Final phase of assembling.
SBV Soldiers hold up assembled pistols.
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Background: West German soldiers of the Fifth Panzer Corps are using an Israel-built machine-pistol, the Uzi, in training exercises at Coblenz.
Like the famous British war-time Sten gun, simplicity of construction and maintenance is the Uzi's keynote. With just five component parts it can be stripped down and re-assembled by a blindfold man - or, as active service conditions might demand, in the dark. It fires 450 - 600 rounds per minute and has an effective range of 200 yards.
West Germany is expected to use the Uzi as its sole machine-pistol; tens of thousands were reported ordered last year. Israel subsequently re-organised production of the gun to satisfy increased demands from West Germany, the Netherlands, and a third un-named European country.
When first sales of Israeli arms to Germany were made, June 1959, a political crisis developed in Israel and pro-Government parties threatened to withdraw their support from Premier Ben-Gurion stayed in office, and arms sales have increased.