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Pz Kpfw 35 (t)

Description

When Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939, they captured the Czechoslovak army's stock of 202 Lehký tank LT vz. 35's, which received the German name Pz Kpfw 35 (t). Although inferior to the Pz Kpfw III, the Pz Kpfw 35 (t) was still an important asset to the German army in the early years of World War 2.

Although classified as a light tank, the Pz Kpfw 35 (t) served instead of the Pz Kpfw III with Panzer-Regiment 11 from the invasion of Poland in 1939 to the invasion of Russia in 1941. Because production had ceased before Germany invaded Czechoslovakia, however, spare parts had to be taken from damaged vehicles. As a result, by October 1941, Panzer-Regiment 11/6. Panzer-Division had only 34 operational Pz Kpfw 35 (t). By the end of November 1941, no operational Pz Kpfw 35 (t) were left.

Some Pz Kpfw 35 (t) turrets were used as armament for the Atlantic Wall after the tanks had been scrapped.

Technical Details

Pz Kpfw 35 (t)
Crew
Crew
  • Commander/gunner
  • Loader
  • Radio operator
  • Driver
Physical Characteristics
Weight 10.5 t
Length 4.9 m
Width 2.055 m
Height 2.37 m
Armour
Armour (range) 14-25 mm
Performance
Speed (max) 34 km/h
Engine
Engine Skoda Model S II a
Net h.p. 120
Cylinders 4
Displacement 8520 cc
Armament
Primary weapon 37 mm Škoda A7 (1)
Secondary weapon 7,92 mm ZB-37 (1)

Images

The Pz Kpfw 35 (t)
A good view of the many rivets used on the vehicle
Good view of the characteristic conical idler- and drive wheels, as well as the two quadruple boogies

Further Reading

Sources

  1. JENTZ, Thomas L. Panzer Truppen 1 : The Complete Guide to the Creation & Combat Employment of Germany's Tank Force, 1933-1942. Atglen, PA : Schiffer Military History, 1996. 287 p. ISBN 0-88740-915-6.