Panzerkampfwagen 35(t)

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The Panzerkampfwagen 35(t) was a Czechoslovakian-designed light tank that was used by the German army during World War II. The tank was based on the LT vz. 35 design, which was produced in Czechoslovakia in the late 1930s. When the Germans occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939, they took over the production of the LT vz. 35 tanks and renamed them the Panzerkampfwagen 35(t) (the "t" designation standing for "tschechisch," meaning Czech). The tanks were then used by the Germans in the early stages of World War II, including the invasions of Poland, France, and the Soviet Union.

The Panzer 35(t) was armed with a 37mm main gun and two 7.92mm machine guns. It had a crew of four and a top speed of around 37 km/h. The tank had a relatively thin armor, which made it vulnerable to anti-tank weapons, but it was still effective against enemy infantry. As the war progressed, the Panzer 35(t) became outdated and was gradually replaced by newer and more advanced tanks. However, it continued to be used by some German units until the end of the war. The tank was also exported to several other countries, including Romania, Bulgaria, and Slovakia.

Pz 35(t) and Panzer IVs in France, 1940. Photo: Bundesarchiv

Operation Barbarossa 1941: North sector, 1941, German Infantry supported by a Panzer 35(t) – Bundesarchiv

Panzer 35(t) of the 11th Tank Regiment, 1st Light Division of the Wehrmacht. Poland, September 1939.

Panzer 35(t) of the 65th Panzer battalion, 11th Panzer Regiment, 6th Panzer Division. Eastern Front, Summer 1941.

The original LT vz. 35 in Czech service.

Illustrations by Tank Encyclopedia’s own David Bocquelet

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Panzer 35(t) specifications

Dimensions 4.90×2.06×2.37 m (16.1×6.8ftx7.84 ft)
Total weight, battle ready up to 10.5 tons
Crew 4 (commander, driver, gunner, loader/radio)
Propulsion Škoda Typ 11/0 4-cylinder gasoline, 120 bhp (89 kW)
Speed (on/off road) 34 km/h (21 mph)
Suspension Leaf spring type
Armament Main: Škoda ÚV vz.34 37 mm (1.46 in), 72 rounds
Secondary: 2 x 7.92 mm (0.31 in) Zbrojovka Brno vz.37 machineguns, 1800 rounds
Armor 8 to 35 mm (0.3-1.4in)
Maximum range on/off road 120/190 km (75/120 mi)
Total production 434

Links, Resources & Further Reading

Skoda LT vz.35 – Vladimir Francev and Charles k. Kliment – MBI Publishing House; Praha – Czech Republik
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