Ehrhardt Potkachel

Kingdom of the Netherlands (1918-1940) Armored Car – 1 Built The First World War was the first war in history in which armored vehicles were used in significant numbers, by all sides. The Netherlands, as a neutral country, only observed from the sideline. However, in 1914, one Belgian armored car was interned when it crossed …

GMC Improvised Armored Cars

Kingdom of the Netherlands (1931-1934) Armored Car – 3 Built In the early 1920s, the Netherlands did not feel a need to acquire any armored vehicles. Nevertheless, the army had plans to buy one Renault FT tank and was already operating one armored car, based on an Ehrhardt Kraftwagen-Flugabwehrkanone taken from the Germans in 1918. …

C.P.I.M. Improvised Armored Car

Kingdom of the Netherlands/Royal Dutch Shell (1929) Armored Car – 2 Built In 1929, Venezuelan revolutionaries performed a successful surprise attack on a Dutch fortress on Curaçao in order to capture the fortress’ arsenal. The goal was to use these weapons to overthrow Caudillo Juan Vicente Gómez in Venezuela. The Dutch governor and the military …

Morris ‘Koekblikje’ Armored Car

Kingdom of the Netherlands (1932-1940) Armored Car – 3 Built During the early 1930s, the Dutch army had two armored cars in service. The first was an Ehrhardt Plattformwagen, confiscated from retreating German troops in 1918 with an improvised armored superstructure. The other vehicle was based on a GMC chassis and was purely meant for …

Wilton-Fijenoord Armored Car

Kingdom of the Netherlands (1933-1945) Armored Car – 3 Built At the end of the 1920s, the Dutch military slowly began to realise the importance of armored vehicles and their off-road capabilities. A tactic was developed that lighter armed armored cars should be used together with infantry to give close support, but the Royal Army …