Samochód pancerny wz. 34
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|Samochód pancerny wz. 34|
Replica of armoured car 34
|Place of origin||Poland|
|Wars||Invasion of Poland (1939)|
|7.92 mm wz. 25 Hotchkiss machine gun or 37 mm SA-18 Puteaux gun|
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.
- Wz.34 armoured car at Polish Armour 1918-1939 website
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