Samochód pancerny wz. 34

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Samochód pancerny wz. 34
POL Warsaw 11th nov car wz29 1.jpg
Replica of armoured car 34
Type Armored car
Place of origin  Poland
Service history
In service 1934-1939
Wars Invasion of Poland (1939)
Production history
Designed 1928
Weight 2.2 t
Length 3.62 m
Width 1.91 m
Height 2.22 m
Crew 2

Armor 6-8 mm
7.92 mm wz. 25 Hotchkiss machine gun or 37 mm SA-18 Puteaux gun
Engine gasoline
25 hp
Suspension wheels
250 km
Speed 55 km/h

Samochód pancerny wz. 34 ("armored car, year 1934 model"), was a standard light armored car used by the Polish Army during the September Campaign of 1939.

The vehicle was based on the earlier half-track samochód pancerny wz. 28, which entered service in 1928. The original vehicle proved to be unpopular with its crews who were unhappy with its handling, low maximum speed, as well as poor cross-country capabilities, and it was decided to rebuild it as a wheeled vehicle. The new version of the armored car entered service in 1934.

The cars were built in a number of versions with different engines and slightly different armored plates. They were armed with either 7.92 mm version of Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun (karabin maszynowy Hotchkiss wz.25) or the short-barreled 37 mm Puteaux SA 18 gun.

By 1939, at the outbreak of the Second World War, the car was obsolete but was still in use. All Polish cavalry brigades has organic armored company made of 8 armored cars and 13 tankettes. In 10 out of 11 Polish cavalry brigades, the very armored car, wz.34, had been used.

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