Renault R35 in Italian Service

Kingdom of Italy (1941-1943) Light Tank – 104 Used The Renault R35 was a French light tank that was sent to the Italians by the Germans in 1941 to strengthen the armored component of the Regio Esercito (English: Royal Italian Army). The Italians equipped the CI and CII Battaglione Carri (English: 101st and 102nd Tank…

Cannone da 25/72 (Canon de 25 mm Semi-Automatique Lèger Modèle 1934 and Modèle 1937 in Italian Service)

Kingdom of Italy (1940-1943) Anti-Tank Gun – 293 Operated The Cannone da 25/72 (English: 25 mm L/72 Cannon) was the most common captured anti-tank gun employed by the Regio Esercito (English: Royal Army) during the Second World War. The Cannoni da 25/72 were actually captured by French Canon de 25 mm Semi-Automatique Lèger Modèle 1934…

Renault R35 in Polish Service

Republic of Poland (1939) Light Tank – 45 To 53 Operated Prior to the start of the Second World War, the Polish state was surrounded by two hostile countries, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Fearing a possible attack at some point, the Poles tried to create a strong armed force supported by armored units….

Renault FT in the Service of the Kingdom of Spain

Kingdom of Spain (1919-1931) Light Tank – 18 Purchased Debuting on the Western Front in 1918, the French Renault FT was a revolutionary weapon. Small and equipped with a fully rotating turret, it was deployed en masse in the later stages of the Great War, greatly impacting warfare and military thinking. In the post-war period…

Renault FT and Renault-Kégresse in Yugoslav Service

Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1930) Light Tank – 45 (Renault FT) and 10 to 11 (M-28) Operated At the start of the 1930s, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia bought its first tanks from France. These were the older Renault FT and the slightly improved Renault-Kégresse tanks. While their combat value was limited at best, they served as…

Hotchkiss H39 in Israeli Service

State of Israel (1948-Unknown) Light Tank – 10 Operated The Hotchkiss H39 was an improvement over the previous H35 model, a light infantry tank created for the French 1933 infantry tank program. However, the H35 was rejected by the infantry and ended up being adopted by the French cavalry. The newer H39 model brought a…

Renault R35 in Lebanese Service

Republic of Lebanon (1945–At least 1958) Light Tank – Unknown Number Operated The Renault R35 was born as a result of the French 1933 light infantry tank program, which set requirements for what would basically be a remake of the WW1-era Renault FT with more modern technology. The most common of the three tanks that…

SOMUA S35 with Ordnance QF 6-Pounder

Yugoslav Partisans (1944-1945) Medium Tank – 1 Converted On April 18th, 1941, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia fell and the King and his Government fled to London. The country was split between the Axis occupiers; Germany, Italy, and Hungary. Additionally, the Axis powers created pro-Nazi regimes such as the Independent State of Croatia, a puppet state…

Renault R35 in Yugoslav Service

Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1940) Light Tank – 54 Purchased In the interwar period, the Yugoslav Royal Army made some attempts to acquire new armored vehicles. The country that offered the best chance to get this equipment was France for two reasons. First, the relatively good relations between these two countries and the fact that France…

Renault FT in Dutch Service

Kingdom of the Netherlands (1927-1940) Light Tank – 1 Purchased One thing that emerged from the battlefields of the First World War was the tank. Although the Netherlands remained neutral during the war, its consequences were felt nonetheless, and all events and technological advancements were followed with great interest. As such, the invention of the…

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