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Light Tanks

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/29/2014

Though minimally protected, Light Tanks proved essential to success in World War 2 and have gone on to retain some of their tactical value today.

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There are a total of 79 Light Tanks in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




2007
2S25 (Sprut-SD)
In 2007, the Russian Army adopted the 2S25 (also known as "Sprut-SD") series of tracked armored vehicles formally categorized...
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1940
38M Toldi
The Hungarian Toldi Light Tank was born from the Swedish AB Landsverk L-60 Light Tank, a tracked, turreted, armored fighting ...
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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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1980
AAI Rapid Deplyment / Force Light Tank (RDF / LT)
In 1980, the Soviet Empire still remained the enemy of the day for America and her allies. As such, World War 3 would most li...
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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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1973
Alvis FV101 Scorpion
During the 1960s, the British Army adopted a tracked family concept under the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance, Tracked (CVR-T) ...
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1971
Alvis FV107 Scimitar
The Alvis FV107 Scimitar is a light armored reconnaissance platform primarily in service with the British Army. The vehicle i...
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1952
AMX-13
The AMX-13 Light Tank was designed to a new post-World War 2 French Army requirement. In the post-war years, France was rebui...
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1969
BMD-1 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)
Since the tactic of utilizing airborne troops came to lethal fruition in World War 2, there always lay the challenge of outfi...
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1985
BMD-2 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)
The BMD-2 was a further evolution of the BMD-1 line of amphibious light infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) intended to be air-d...
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1990
BMD-3 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)
The BMD-3 was a further installment in the relatively successful line of light amphibious, air-droppable infantry fighting ve...
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2005
BMD-4 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)
The biggest challenge to modern-day war planners has always been properly outfitting their airborne-minded soldiers (classica...
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1966
BMP-1 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)
The Soviet military was first major military power to widely adopt the concept of an "armored fighting infantry carrier" thro...
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1982
BMP-2 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)
The Soviet Union introduced the concept of the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) with the adoption of its BMP-1 in 1966. The ty...
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1987
BMP-3 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)
Soviet Union engineers and factories garnered much experience in the massive armor battles against German and Axis forces tha...
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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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1988
Cadillac Gage Stingray
The Stingray Light Tank was developed as a private venture by Cadillac Gage (now Textron Marine & Land Systems) with the budg...
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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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1940
Carro Armato L6/40
The Carro Armato L6/40 series was manufactured by the Italian concern of Fiat-Ansaldo from 1939 to 1944 to which 283 examples...
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1940
Cruiser Tank Mk IV (A13)
After World War 1 (1914-1918), and the introduction of the "tank" as a viable battlefield piece, the British Army adopted the...
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1940
Cruiser Tank Mk V Covenanter (A13)
With the Cruiser Tank Mk IV, the British Army found a replacement for its limited-value Mk III series. However, the Mk IV was...
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2001
CV90120 (CV90120-T / CV90-120)
The CV90120-T is related to the Swedish family of armored vehicles known under the collective designation of "Combat Vehicle ...
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1923
FIAT 3000 (Carro d-assalto 3000 / L.5 Series)
The Fiat 3000 was a highly-modified Italian version of the French FT-17. Modifications included (but were not limited to) sid...
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1918
Ford Model 1918 3-ton (M1918)
In preparation for the shortages expected of French Renault FT-17 Light Tanks during World War 1 (1914-1918), it fell to the ...
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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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1971
Jagdpanzer SK 105 Kurassier
The Jagdpanzer SK 105 Light Tank was a tank destroyer developed by Saurer-Werke for the Austrian Army during the Cold War. It...
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1918
Leichter Kampfwagen I (LK I)
The Germans were undone by the Allies' use of the heavy tank in the latter years of World War 1 (1914-1918). This threat was ...
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1918
Leichter Kampfwagen II (LK II)
The Germans in World War 1 (1914-1918) did not find the same level of success with combat tanks that was enjoyed by its enemi...
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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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1918
M1917 6-ton
The M1917 6-ton light tank was an American license-production copy of the highly successful French-designed Renault "char leg...
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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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1943
M22 Locust
After witnessing the successes of the German airborne divisions to take over most of Western Europe in the opening salvos of ...
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1944
M24 Chaffee (Light Tank, M24)
The Light Tank, M24 "Chaffee" was the chosen successor to the M5 "Stuart" light tank line which began with the pre-war M3 Stu...
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1941
M3 Stuart (Light Tank, M3)
The M3 "Stuart" Light Tank became the primary light tank vehicle for the United States Army heading into World War 2 (1939-19...
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1951
M41 Walker Bulldog
The M41 was designed and developed as the direct successor to the World War 2-era M24 Chaffee light tank. The M24 served a va...
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1942
M5 Stuart (Light Tank, M5) (Stuart VI)
The M5 "Stuart" (also "General Stuart") was an extension of the original M3 Stuart Light Tank line of 1941 and brought about ...
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1968
M551 Sheridan
The M551 General Sheridan (or simply "Sheridan") was a light-armored and heavily-armed portable tank system utilized by the U...
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1951
Panhard EBR (Engin Blinde de Reconnaissance)
The French Panhard EBR armored car of the 1950s actually maintained design origins in the years leading up to World War 2. Pa...
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1977
Panhard ERC 90
The French concerns of Renault and Panhard submitted designs to fulfill a 1970s French Army requirement for new 4x4 and 6x6 a...
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1952
PT-76
The PT-76 was developed shortly after Second World War. The weapon system is designated as a "Light Amphibious Tank" featurin...
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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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1917
Renault FT-17
The Renault FT-17 series of light tank was an evolutionary design in the field of combat tanks that would go on to influence ...
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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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1958
Stridsvagn 74 (Strv 74)
The Swedes have long held a history of capable indigenous arms production and this was showcased to good effect prior to and ...
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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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1922
Stridsvagn m/21 (Strv m/21)
During the latter stages of World War 1 (1914-1918), the Germans were working on a light tank design to be used in infantry s...
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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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1940
Stridsvagn m/39 (Strv m/39)
With the deteriorating condition on the European mainland during the opening phases of World War 2 (1939-1945), neutral Swede...
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1941
Stridsvagn m/40 (Strv m/40)
The Stridsvagn Strv m/40 Light Tank was the first Swedish combat tank to be ordered in useful quantity - its total manufactur...
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1928
T-18 (MS-1)
The T-18 was the first Soviet-designed and produced tank. Russia initially lacked the internal expertise to design, develop a...
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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-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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1941
T-40
In the period following World War 1, there came a global military movement centering on more cost-effective, light-class comb...
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1941
T-60
The T-60 light scout tank was designed and developed to replace the outclassed T-38 series of amphibious light scout tank and...
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1942
T-70
In October of 1941 - four months after the German invasion of the Soviet Union through "Operation Barbarossa" - engineers of ...
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1983
TAMSE TAM (Tanque Argentino Mediano)
Attempting to modernized its extensively outdated armored corps consisting of World War 2-era M4 Sherman Medium Tanks and M3/...
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1942
Type 2 Ka-Mi
Development of the Type 2 began in 1928 and was the Army's attempt to turn the Type 95 Kyu-Go light tank into an amphibious v...
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1963
Type 62
Yet another in the long line of NORINCO designs inspired by Soviet-era purchases, the Type 62 (classified as a "light tank") ...
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1963
Type 63 (WZ211)
The Chinese NORINCO-built Type 63 is in many ways a relative to the Soviet-designed and built PT-76 troop carrier. The weapon...
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1985
Type 85 (YW531H)
The PT-85 is a light amphibious tank system (may also be known as the "Type 82" or "Type 85") in service with the North Korea...
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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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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 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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1928
Vickers 6-Ton (Mark E)
The Vickers 6-Ton (Mark E) was a light tank evaluated by the British Army but ultimately rejected. When the British Army pass...
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1936
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1996
XM8 / M8 Armored Gun System (AGS) (Close Combat Vehicle - Light)
While light tanks have lessened their presence on the modern battlefield over time, the US Army began looking at adding such ...
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2006
ZBD2000 (Z-Family)
The massive expansion programs of the Chinese military in recent decades has added a new, all-modern amphibious tracked vehic...
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