Image: Tancuri R-2 (ww2incolor)
Vehicle TypeLight Tank
Origin & DesignerCzechoslovakia/ČKD
Numbers Produced126
Crew4 (Commander/Gunner, Loader, Radio Operator & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 37.2mm L/40 Skoda 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
Secondary Armament2 x 7.92mm ZB-53 Machine Guns (Coaxial & Bow)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried78 x 37mm + 1.800 x 7.92mm
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 (Petrol)
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 R-2 was the Skoda LT.Vz.35 light tank and around 126 were purchased by the Romanian army. They were formed into the 1st tank regiment and saw action during the invasion of Russia. The Germans supplied replacements to cover the losses suffered during Operation Barbarossa and these helped to keep the regiment up to strength. It was no match for the Soviet T-34 and losses mounted as the Romanians were mauled at Stalingrad. The few what remained were issued to small armoured units and most fell into Soviet hands.