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41M Turán II

Description

Even before the first unit had received the 40M Turán I, Hungarian tank designers realised that its 40 mm gun was too weak to deal with contemporary Russian tanks. Using the chassis of the 40M Turán I, a more powerful 75 mm tank gun was installed in a new, larger turret. Due to the limitations of the turret ring diameter of the chassis, however, only a short, low-velocity gun could be fitted. Thus, like its predecessor, the 41M Turán II was still incapable to going up against the Russian T-34.

A total of 139 tanks were built before production ceased. A more powerful version, the 43M Turán III, equipped with a long 75 mm gun, was planned. By the time Hungary was occupied by Germany, however, only a prototype had been made.

Technical Details

41M Turán II
Crew
Crew 5
Physical Characteristics
Weight 18.5 t
Length 5.68 m
Width 2.54 m
Height 2.33 m
Armour
Armour (range) 14-50 mm
Performance
Speed (max) 47 km/h
Engine
Engine Manfred Weiss-Z
Net h.p. 260
Cylinders 8
Armament
Primary weapon 41M 75 mm (1)
Secondary weapon 7.92 mm machine gun (2)

Images

Black and white photograph of a 41M Turán II crossing a river.

Further Reading

Sources

  1. FOSS, Christopher F. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles : The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armoured Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day. Staplehurst : Spellmount, 2003. 544p. ISBN: 1-86277-188-7.