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Military Vehicles - 1930 to 1939

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/21/2014

The decade laid much of the groundwork for the upcoming World War - actions in the Spanish Civil War serving to perfect German tactics.

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There are a total of 64 Military Vehicles from 1930 to 1939 in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1937
4TP (PZlnz 140)
Like other world powers after World War 1, the Polish government moved on acquiring the popular British-originated Carden-Llo...
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1936
7TP
The 7TP series was of a Polish light tank design, based on the British Vickers-Armstrong 6-ton light tank (Mark E). With war ...
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1938
Thumbnail picture of the AEC Matador

1936
AH-IV
The AH-IV was an export tankette design of Czech origins that appeared in 1936. Agile and fast, the machine gun-armed combat ...
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1938
AMC-35 (Automitrailleuse de Combat Renault modele 1935) / Renault ACG-1
The AMC-35 (or "Automitrailleuse de Combat Renault modele 1935") served the French and Belgian armies in the early stages of ...
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1938
BA-10 / BA-32
Armored cars played a major role in warfare during World War 1 for their ease of production and machine gun-carrying qualitie...
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1935
BMW R12
The R12 was utilized by the German Army throughout the late 1930s and 1940s for communications delivery and reconnaissance du...
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1932
BT-2 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)
Like many of the military powers prior to World War 2, the Red Army adopted a series of light, fast tanks intended to overwhe...
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1933
BT-5 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)
The BT series of Soviet "Fast Tanks" was born out of a John Walter Christie design in the early 1930s featuring an American s...
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1934
BT-7 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)
In the latter portion of the 1920s, the Soviet Army began looking to modernize their fleet of aging tanks. As such, it held a...
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1935
Carro Armato L3 (Series)
The L3 series of tankettes primarily served the Italian Army in the years leading up to World War 2. By this time in history,...
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1938
Cruiser Tank Mk I (A9)
By its given "mark", the Tank, Cruiser, Mk I (A9) was the first in a long series of "cruiser" tanks for the British Army and ...
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1934
Daimler-Benz G4
Despite its use as a general staff car as well as centerpiece in many of Hitler's propaganda-driven military parades, the Dai...
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1938
FCM 36 (Char leger Modele 1936 FCM)
The FCM 36 was one of three primary tank designs adopted by the French Army during the mid-1930s, prior to its formal commitm...
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1936
Hotchkiss H35
Like other powers of the 1930s sensing future regional unrest across Europe, the French enacted a modernization program of th...
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1939
Hotchkiss H39
The Hotchkiss H39 superseded the H35 series light tanks in French Army service, being produced in more numbers than her forer...
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1938
Infantry Tank Mk I Matilda (A11)
The first production "tank" (then known as a "landship") was born in the UK during World War 1. In the conflict, the tank pro...
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1937
Infantry Tank Mk II Matilda (A12)
No other tank in the British Army inventory was as important as the Matilda II during the early years of World War 2. The Ger...
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1939
Katyusha (BM-8 / BM-13 / BM-31)
The Soviet Army became something of experts in the use of battlefield rockets during World War 2. The BM-13 series (more popu...
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1939
KV-1 (Klimenti Voroshilov)
In 1938, the Soviet Union developed a prototype heavy tank of 58 tons designated as the T-100. The type was a massive machin...
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1939
Legkaya Broneploshadka PL-37
Unlike other world powers of World War 1 (1914-1918), the Russian Empire placed a premium on armored trains as part of its gr...
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1935
Leyland Armored Car
World War 1 (1914-1918) proved the perfect showcase for the armored car and many different types emerged when combining exist...
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1936
LT vz 35 / PzKpfW 35(t)
The LT zv 35 was of Czechoslovakian origin and was developed just before open hostilities in Europe during World War 2. After...
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1939
LT vz 38 / PzKpfW 38(t) (SdKfz 140)
This light tank system initially began as a Czechoslovakian creation in the form of the LT vz 38 but - as with the previous L...
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1933
M1 (Light Tank, M1 / M1 Combat Car)
The M1 Combat Car represented the rather meek beginning of American World War 2 tank development. It was an all-machine-gun t...
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1935
M2 (Light Tank, M2)
The "tank" received its baptism of fire in World War 1 as large, cumbersome lozenge-shaped tracked vehicles lumbering about t...
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1938
MBV-2
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1937
Opel Blitz
At the end of World War 1, the German war machine was dismantled - losing its power to manufacture aircraft, tanks, submarine...
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1935
Panhard Type 178
The Panhard Type 178 armored car was a further evolution of the Toe-M-32 system that was initially designed to police the rea...
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1934
Panzerkampfwagen Neubaufahrzeug (PzKpfW NbFz V / VI)
By the mid-1930s, Germany - under the power of Adolf Hitler - had undertaken broad reaching reforms that included modernizing...
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1931
Renault Char D1
The Renault Char D1 served the French Army for a time leading up to World War 2. Her origins and use lay in a World War 1 men...
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1935
SdKfz 101 Panzerkampfwagen I (PzKpfW I) / Panzer 1
Few could have known what the inception of the Panzer I into the German Army inventory during the middle portion of the 1930s...
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1936
SdKfz 121 Panzerkampfwagen II (PzKpfW II) / Panzer 2
While development of the of the Pz.Kpf.W. I (Panzer I) light tank (Sd.Kfz. 121) was still ongoing, the Pz.Kpf.W. II (Panzer I...
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1939
SdKfz 141 Panzerkampfwagen III (PzKpfW III) / Panzer 3
Development of Hitler's Panzers was key to his early overwhelming victories in the East and West. The Panzer I light tank bec...
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1939
SdKfz 161 Panzerkampfwagen IV (PzKpfW IV) / Panzer 4
The Panzer IV (or "Panzerkampfwagen IV" and abbreviated as "Pz.KpfW. IV") formed the backbone of the German Army from its inc...
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1935
SdKfz 221 (Leichter Panzerspahwagen)
During the German military rearmament of the 1930s, the Army began to take on stocks of armored vehicles to conform to its ev...
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1938
SdKfz 222 (Leichter Panzerspahwagen)
Adoption of the SdKfz 221 series of armored cars in 1935 by the German Army eventually led to a broadened line of similar car...
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1936
SdKfz 223 (Leichter Panzerspahwagen)
The SdKfz 223 was part of a larger family of German light armored cars that began with the SdKfz 221 (detailed elsewhere on t...
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1935
SdKfz 231 Schwerer Panzerspahwagen (6-rad)
Following the end of World War 1, the victors placed the blame of the war squarely on the German Empire. Austria-Hungary and ...
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1939
SdKfz 250 leichter Schutzenpanzerwagen
The SdKfz 250 series was just one in the long line of German-produced halftrack systems in World War 2. The 250 system went o...
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1939
SdKfz 251 mittlerer Schutzenpanzerwagen
A 1932 directive set about to provide German infantry with a versatile vehicle able to keep pace with the mobile Panzer tank ...
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1936
SOMUA S35
In 1934, the French Army issued a new requirement for a cavalry tank in an attempt to modernized its inventory amidst growing...
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1934
Stridsvagn L-60 (Strv L-60)
While remaining a neutral power throughout World War 2, Swedish authorities saw fit to modernize and stock their military inv...
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1932
Stridsvagn m/31 (Strv m/31) / Landsverk L-10
The light tank industry was a booming market following the end of World War 1 and throughout the interwar years leading up to...
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1938
Stridsvagn m/38 (Strv m/38)
With certain Swedish Army modifications in place (mainly a standardized 37mm main gun), the Strv L-60 Light Tank became the r...
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1931
T-26
As was the norm after World War 1 in all industrialized nations around the globe, Soviet warplanners set about to upgrade the...
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1933
T-28
In the early 1930s, the Soviets took to designing an indigenous tank - specifically the T-28 Medium Tank series - based on l...
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1935
T-35
Despite its formidable appearance by 1930 standards, the T-35 Heavy Tank ultimately proved an ill-fated endeavor of Soviet ta...
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1933
T-37A
From the period of 1931 to 1941, the Red Army utilized the Carden-Loyd-inspired "tankette" through the locally-modified T-27,...
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1937
T-38
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1931
Type 89 Chi-Ro
The Empire of Japan went through a period of militarization following the end of World War 1. She consistently bred military-...
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1932
Type 92 Jyu-Sokosha
Exposure to foreign "tankette" types led the Empire of Japan in design and production of its first local tankette product - t...
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1932
Type 92 Kokusan
In the years leading up to World War 2, Imperial Japan had procured many different types of foreign trucks and these then wen...
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1937
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1936
Type 95 Ha-Go (Ke-Go / Kyu-Go)
The Type 95 "Ha-Go" was a light tank design primarily utilized by the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) during World War 2. She wa...
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1937
Type 97 Chi-Ha
The Type 97 Chi-Ha was a production of the Mitsubishi company and designed to replace the aging Type 89B series for the Imper...
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1937
Type 97 Te-Ke
Developed from an early Imperial Japanese Army request for a light tank in 1937, the Type 97 Te-Ke was simply outmatched agai...
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1939
Universal Carrier (Bren Gun Carrier)
The Bren Gun Carrier was truly a universal system at its core. Charged with moving troops through the harshest of conditions,...
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1936
Thumbnail picture of the Vickers Mk VI