Stridsvagn m/41

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Stridsvagn m/41
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Stridsvagn m/41 at the Pansarmuseet Axvall, Sweden
Type Medium tank
Place of origin Sweden
Service history
In service 1942-1950s
Used by Sweden
Production history
Manufacturer Scania-Vabis
Number built 238
Variants Strv m/41 SI
Strv m/41 SII
Sav m/43
Pbv 301
Specifications
Weight 11 t (12 short tons; 11 long tons)[1]
Length 4.6 m (15 ft 1 in)[1]
Width 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in)[1]
Height 2.35 m (7 ft 9 in)[1]
Crew 4[1]

Armor 8–50 mm (0.31–1.97 in)[1]
Main
armament
37 mm Bofors m/38 gun
Secondary
armament
2 x 8 mm m/39 machine guns[1]
Engine SI: Scania-Vabis 1664
SII: Scania-Vabis L 603
SI: 142 hp[2]
SII: 160 hp[1]
Speed 42 km/h (26 mph)[1]

Stridsvagn m/41 (Strv m/41) was a Swedish medium tank. A license-built version of the Czech TNH medium tank, it served into the 1950s.

History[edit]

Since 1937, the Swedish army had been interested in the Czechoslovakian TNH tank. In March 1940, some 90 tanks were ordered from ČKD. They were never delivered as Germany, which had occupied Czechoslovakia in 1938, took them for its coming campaign in the East. After negotiations with the German authorities, Scania-Vabis were allowed to build their own tanks under license, as compensation for the seized TNH tanks.

Production history[edit]

In June 1941, 116 Stridsvagn m/41 SI were ordered. These were delivered from December 1942 - August 1943. The Stridsvagn m/41 was of rivetted construction which made manufacture easier. As with the preceding Strv m/38-Strv m/40, it was armed with a 37 mm Bofors m/38 gun, and the first batch had the same engine as the Strv m/40L, the Scania-Vabis type 1664.

In June 1942, a further 122 Stridsvagn m/41 were ordered under the designation Strv m/41 SII. These had thicker frontal armor and Scania's new type L 603 engine. The first SII vehicles were delivered in October 1943. The last 16 of the 122 ordered were rebuilt as assault guns (Sav m/43) and production of SII ceased in March 1944 after 106 vehicles had been delivered.

Service[edit]

The SI tanks were located to P3 regiment in Strängnäs, where they equipped the 10th Armored Brigade's light tank companies. The SII tanks were mainly located to the 9th Armored Brigade at P4 regiment in Skövde, while others belonged to the reserve of the P2 and P3 regiments. They were painted in a three-color camouflage.

Stridsvagn m/41 were used until the late 1950s, when they were rebuilt to APCs under the designation Pbv 301. The turrets of these tanks were used on fortifications.

All of the original m/41 were converted to armoured personnel carriers. A Sav m/43 rebuilt as a m/41 is displayed by the "Sveriges Försvarsfordonsmuseum Arsenalen" in Strängnäs.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Sweden". Tanks!. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  2. ^ "Landsverk Stridsvagn L-60". Landsverk. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 

External links[edit]

  • Swedish armor – Web page dedicated to the Swedish armor.
  • Landsverk - Site about AB Landsverk between 1850 and 1992.