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Polish tankettes TK-3 and TKS
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numbersix
numbersix

ah, some tank love. just in time for the holiday.
and isnt this a cute little guy...

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ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp Author
ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp

It has an adorable 20mm auto cannon :)

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Ominous-Spud
Ominous-Spud

Long time no see. Still educating me on prehistoric tanks eh?

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Woozle
Woozle

God I love these, the 20mm version is such an excellent tank hunter, too bad they only had about 20 of them.

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The TK-3 (TK) and TKS light turretless reconnaissance tanks, commonly called tankettes (in Polish: tankietka), were the most numerous armoured vehicles of the Polish Army at the outbreak of World War II in September 1939. Their number of over 500 vehicles constituted formally a significant tank force. Unfortunately, they were not fully capable tanks, and, apart from few cannon-armed ones, could not fight against other armoured fighting vehicles. Also weak armour made them defenceless against any anti-tank weapons. However, using their advantages like manoeuvrability and small silhouette, they were still valuable reconnaissance vehicles and could fight efficiently against manpower, especially when using the element of surprise. In need, they had to support Polish local attacks and counterattacks, often suffering heavy losses, but also enjoying successes.

Type Tankette
Place of origin Poland
Production history
Manufacturer Fabryka Samochodów PZInż.
Produced 1931 - 1939
Number built 575

Specifications
Weight 2.43/2.6 tonnes
Length 2.58 metres (8 ft 6 in)
Width 1.78 metres (5 ft 10 in)
Height 1.32 metres (4 ft 4 in)
Crew 2 (commander, driver)
Armor 4 – 10 mm
Main armament 7.92 mm km wz.25 (Hotchkiss) machine gun
2000 rounds
Engine Ford A / Polski FIAT-122 petrol engine
40/46 hp (30/34 kW)
Power/weight 17/18 hp/tonne
Suspension bogie
Fuel capacity 70+8 l
Operational range 200 km (roads), 100 km (cross-country)
Speed 46/40 km/h

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