PANZER 35(t)

PANZER 35(t)
Image: Panzer 35(t) (Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-769-0236-23, Frankreich)
YearConfiscated in March 1939
Vehicle TypeLight Tank
Origin & DesignerCzechoslovakia/Skoda & CKD
Numbers Produced219
Crew4 (Commander/Gunner, Loader, Radio Operator & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 37mm L/40 KwK 34(t) Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-10° to +25°
Turret Traverse360° (Manual)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightTZF(t)
Secondary Armament2 x 7.92mm MG37(t)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried72 x 37mm & 1.800 x 7.92mm Rounds
Combat Weight10.500 kg
Ground Clearance0.35m
Fording Depth0.79m
Trench Crossing2.01m
Obstacle Clearance0.79m
Climbing Ability29°
ArmourHull Front: 25mm
Hull Sides: 15mm
Hull Rear: 15mm
Hull Top: 8mm
Hull Bottom: 8mm
Gun Mantle: 25mm
Turret Front: 25mm
Turret Sides: 15mm
Turret Rear: 15mm
Turret Top: 8mm
EngineSkoda T11
Transmission6 Forward & 6 Reverse
Maximum Road Range190 km
Maximum Cross Country Range133 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed35 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed15 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe 35(t) was the main tank issued to Czechoslovakian tank companies. The Czech army named them Lehký Tank Vzor.35 and had over 400 in service in 1939. After the military annexation of Czechoslovakia, the LT.Vz.35 was taken into German service. Many faults were found which were eventually fixed by virtually re-building the tank. Its main armament was the Skoda 37mm A3 gun which the Germans named 37mm KwK 35(t). The Panzer 35(t) (the T standing for tschechisch meaning Czechoslovakia), was used in the same way as the Pz Mk. III, initially equipped Light Divisions it saw action in Poland, France and Russia.