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Profile of the Leichttraktor
|Place of origin||Germany|
|Wars||Second World War|
|Weight||8.7 tonnes (9.6 short tons) (Krupp)
8.96 tonnes (9.88 short tons) (Rheinmetall)
|Length||4.35 m (14.3 ft) (Krupp)
4.21 m (13.8 ft) (Rheinmetall)
|Width||2.37 m (7.8 ft) (Krupp)
2.26 m (7.4 ft) (Rheinmetall)
|Height||2.35 m (7.7 ft) (Krupp)
2.27 m (7.4 ft) (Rheinmetall)
|Crew||4 (commander, driver, radio operator, and loader)|
|Armor||riveted and welded steel|
|One 3.7 cm KwK 36 L/45|
|7.92×57mm Mauser MG 13 machine gun|
|Engine||Daimler-Benz M36 six cylinder liquid cooled gasoline engine.
|Suspension||Coil spring (Krupp)
Leaf spring (Rheinmetall)
|137 km (85 mi) on-road|
|Speed||30 km/h (19 mph)|
The Leichttraktor (VK-31) was a German experimental tank.
After the First World War, Germany was restricted in military development by the Treaty of Versailles but a secret program under the name cover "Traktor" was developing armoured military vehicles and artillery.
The Germans tested the tank in the Soviet Union under the Treaty of Rapallo signed in 1922 under high secrecy and security. The testing facility used from 1926 to 1933 was called Panzertruppenschule Kama, located near Kazan in the Soviet Union.
The location was a joint testing ground and tank training ground for the Red Army and Reichswehr. It was codenamed Kama from the two words Kazan and Malbrandt because the testing grounds were near Kazan and Oberstleutenant Malbrandt was assigned to select the location for testing.
In the early years of World War II, it was used as a training tank.
- Peter Chamberlain & Hilary Doyle (1999). Sterling, ed. Encyplopedia of German Tanks of World War Two. ISBN 1854095188.
- The Book of the World (2012) Kingfisher published
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