British Testing of the Praga TNH-P 8-ton Tank in 1938

United Kingdom (1937) Light Tank – 1 Tested There was a remote possibility that the 1939 British Expeditionary Force (BEF), sent to defend Belgium and France, could have been issued with the same Czechoslovakian-designed tank the Germans equipped their panzer divisions with and used during their May 1940 Blitzkrieg attack. The German’s designation for this…

Tanque Ligero 38/39M (Praga LTP in Peruvian Service)

Peru (1938-1982) Light Tank – 24 Imported After a war with Colombia over a territorial dispute ending in a stalemate, Peru found itself weak. Even though the war was not lost, the High Command was disappointed with the army and, therefore, the need for a new weapon arose. Tanks and the concept of importing tanks…

Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf.A

German Reich (1939) Light Tank – 150 Built Prior to the war, the German Army was heavily engaged in expanding its new Panzer Divisions. For this purpose, great attention was given to the development of new types of tanks (Panzers). Due to the German industry’s lack of production capacity at that time and despite great…

T-38 (Panzer 38(t) in Hungarian Service)

Kingdom of Hungary (1942) Medium Tank – 105-111 Supplied During WWII, the Hungarians were one of Germany’s allies which had a significant domestic production of armored vehicles. While these locally produced vehicles were fine by the standards of the early war, unfortunately for the Hungarians, by the time they were fielded in larger numbers, they…

Panzer 39

Switzerland (1939) Light Tank – 24 Purchased The Panzer 39, also known as the ‘LTL-H’ or ‘LTH’ (which was the Czechoslovakian export designation), was a Swiss light tank that served in the Swiss Army from 1939 to 1960. It was the basis of multiple proposed conversions, the first one being the 1941 modification featuring a…

Panzerkampfwagen 35(t)

German Reich (1940) Light Tank – 244 Operated One year after the Anschluss (the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany) in March 1938, Adolf Hitler implemented the occupation of the Sudetenland (Bohemia-Moravia) and the seizure of Czechoslovakia. As a result, the Germans took over the Czechoslovak industry, including the Skoda factory, which produced the Lehký…