December 15, 2014

TK-3 Tankettes

TK-3 tankettes
TK-3 tankettes on parade in Kraków on May 3, 1939.

The TK-3 was a Polish light reconnaissance tank based on the British Vickers-Garden-Loyd Mark VI machine gun carrier. It entered service in 1932.


SPECIFICATIONS
Weight:
2,430 kg (empty)
Length:
2,58 m
Height:
1,32 m
Armor:
6-8 mm (front)
Engine:
Ford A – 4-cylinder, 40 HP at 2,200 rpm
Max Speed:
46 km/h
Range:
200/100 km (road/off-road)
Crew:
2
Armament:
1 X 7.92mm Hotchkiss wz.25 machine gun
Ammunition:
1,800 rounds in 120-round belts


The TKS was an upgraded TK-3 and it entered service in 1934. When Germany invaded Poland the Polish Army deployed the following TK/TKS units: [1]
  • Eleven Armored Battalions equipped with 13 tankettes each
  • Fifteen independent Recon Tank Companies with 13 tankettes each
  • Two Recon Tank Companies attached to two motorized brigades with 13 tankettes each
  • Two Armored Recon Battalions attached to two motorized brigades equipped with 13 tankettes
  • Various improvised units



TK-3
2. Civilians next to a TK-3. Kraków, May 1939.
May 3rd Constitution Day
May 3rd Constitution Day
3. King Stanisław August Poniatowski with members of the Grand Sejm entering
St John’s Cathedral to swear in the new Polish national constitution on May 3, 1791.


Notes


Photos attribution
1., 2. http://www.audiovis.nac.gov.pl/, via Wikimedia Commons
3. Jan Matejko, via Wikimedia Commons


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