Image: M39 (Aviarmor)
Vehicle TypeHeavy 6x4 Armoured Car
Origin & DesignerHolland/DAF
Numbers Produced12
Crew5 (Commander/Loader, Gunner, Hull Gunner & 2 x Drivers)
Main Armament1 x 37mm L/45 M.39 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-9° to +23°
Turret Traverse360° (Manual)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightTelescopic
Secondary Armament3 x 7.92mm M20 No.1 & 2 Machine Guns
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried100 x 37mm & 4000 x 7.92mm
Combat Weight5.800 kg
Ground Clearance0.40m
Fording Depth0.60m
Trench Crossing1.50m
Obstacle Clearance0.40m
Climbing Ability24°
ArmourHull Front: 10mm
Hull Sides: 10mm
Hull Rear: 10mm
Hull Top: 6mm
Hull Bottom: 5mm
Gun Mantle: 10mm
Turret Front: 7.5mm
Turret Sides: 7.5mm
Turret Rear: 7.5mm
Turret Top: 5mm
EngineFord Mercury V8 (Petrol Diesel)
Transmission4 Forward & 4 Reverse
Maximum Road Range225 km
Maximum Cross Country Range[@maximum_cross_country_range]
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed75 kph
50 kph (Reverse)
Maximum Cross Country Speed[@maximum_cross_country_speed]
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe M39 was a medium armoured car which was built by the Dutch firm DAF. It was built on a unique suspension system designed by Trado which gave it excellent cross country capabilities. It was armed with a 37mm canon mounted in a fully revolving turret along with three machine guns and a crew of five. They were initially issued to the 3rd armoured car squadron for training but in 1940 some of the vehicles were still unfit for action and only around half were operational.