WB-10

Republic of Poland (1927-1929) Light Tank – 2 Prototypes Built After regaining independence in 1918, Poland found itself in a difficult situation. Even though it barely returned to the map of Europe after 123 years, it was under constant threat of an attack from both the east and the west. To stand a chance against…

Smeaton Sochaczewski Carrier

United Kingdom/Republic of Poland (1944-1945) Armored Carrier – Design Only Poland had been crushed in WW2. Hitler had invaded Poland from the west on 1st September 1939, followed by a Soviet invasion from the east 16 days later. Despite dogged resistance, it was all futile and the country was split between the two ideologically opposing…

Sochaczewski Armoured Trolley

Dominion of Canada/Republic of Poland (1943) Armored Trolly – None Built The Dominion of Canada had a population of just 11 million people at the outbreak of WW2, yet the Canadian contribution to the Allied victory was enormous. A quarter-million men and women from Canada served in the Air Force alone during the war, along…

PZInż. 140 (4TP)

Republic of Poland (1937-1939) Light Reconnaissance Tank – 1 Prototype Built The story behind the construction of the 4-tonne reconnaissance tank in Poland dates back to 1932. The Plan for the Expansion of Armored Weapons, Anti-Tank Weapons and Motorization developed at that time provided for the commencement of work on a modern vehicle of this…

PZInż. 130

Republic of Poland (1937-1939) Light Amphibious Tank – 1 Prototype Built At the end of the 1920s, the well-known tank designers from the Vickers company – engineers John Valentine Carden and Captain Vivian Loyd – built a new, specialized variant of a small reconnaissance tank, an amphibious vehicle known as the Vickers-Carden-Loyd Amphibian Tank. The…

Kahn’s Obstacle Ball / Rolling Fortress ‘Tank’

United Kingdom/Republic of Poland/Mandatory Palestine (1941) Moving Fortress – Sketches Only Kahn’s Obstacle Ball or Rolling Fortress tank, a giant concrete ball-shaped tank, comes from the unlikely source of Mandatory Palestine. Mandatory Palestine is, perhaps, not the first place which comes to mind when considering military inventions, but what it did have was a large…

wz.31

Republic of Poland (1931) Armored Car – None Built By the early 1930s, the Polish army still didn’t have any type of reconnaissance vehicle that was truly successful. The main armored car (actually a half-track vehicle) was the wz.28, which had a lot of imperfections, like weak armor and armament. The new wz.29 ‘Ursus’ (as…

The Tanks of Pawel Chrobok

Republic of Poland (1940-1943) Tank/Armored Personnel Carrier – None Built The Enigmatic Colonel Chrobok Of the many Polish tank designs prior to 1945, those from the pen of Pawel Chrobok are perhaps some of the most unusual. Very little is known of Chrobok, save for a few patents submitted in his name while living in…

14TP

Republic of Poland (1939) Medium/Cruiser Tank – 1 Incomplete Prototype Built Sources and lack thereof The 14TP (14-Tonne-Polish) is an obscure and scarcely documented Polish prototype tank designed in the late 1930s, but likely destroyed before it was completed during the German invasion. Most of the information regarding the 14TP comes from Janusz Magnuski, a…

TKS-B

Republic of Poland (1936) Tankette – 1 Prototype Built Origins While working on the C2P light unarmored carrier, Polish technicians from BBT Br. Panc. (pol. Biuro Badań Technicznych Broni Pancernej ; the Armored Weapons Technical Research Bureau ) started a project to build a TKS tankette with the undercarriage of this unarmored vehicle. The C2P…

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