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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cuban Improvised Armored Car Type 1. Built in 1933.



Cuban Improvised Mack Armored Car (1933) 

View Post Friday, October 19, 2012 (http://tanks-and-support-vehicles-1925to1950.blogspot.com.es/2012/10/cuban-improvised-mack-armored-car.html) which demonstrates that oral testimony, attesting that the Cuban armored car was built on a US truck chassis "Liberty", are erroneous. 

The armored car was built in 1933, on the chassis of an American truck "Mack AC" of 1917. 

At first, not knowing the true origin of the chassis, I decided to call Type 1, but now we know its chassis, the correct name would be "Mack Armored Car"

 Note: as you can see by the pictures of the two Post dedicated to Mack Armored Car model, there is little difference in size of the rear platform of wood, between the two vehicles. Are these two different vehicles, or just a small reform?.


 Coche Blindado Improvisado Cubano Mack (1933)

Ver el Post del viernes, 19 octubre de 2012 (http://tanks-and-support-vehicles-1925to1950.blogspot.com.es/2012/10/cuban-improvised-mack-armored-car.html) donde se demuestra, que los testimonios orales, que atestiguan que el coche blindado cubano se realizó sobre el chasis de un camión estadounidense "Liberty'", son erroneos. 

Este coche blindado se construyó en 1933, sobre el chasis de un camión estadounidense "Mack AC" de 1917. 

En un principio, desconociendo el verdadero orígen del chasis, opté por llamarlo Tipo 1, pero ahora que ya conocemos su chasis, la denominación correcta sería la de "Coche Blindado Mack". 

Nota: como puede observarse por las fotografías de los dos Post dedicados al modelo del Coche Blindado Mack, existe una pequeña diferencia de tamaño en las plataformas traseras de madera, entre ambos vehículos. ¿Se trata de dos vehículos diferentes, o simplemente de una pequeña reforma?.


Cuban Improvised Garford Armored Car Type 2. Circa 1933.

 

Cuban Improvised Armored Car Garford, Type 2.

This Cuban Improvised Armored Car Garford (Type 2), for the first time correctly classified, participate in the military parade celebrated in Havana (La Habana) in May 1934, a year after the success of the "Cuban Revolution of 1933".

It was done on a short Garford truck, tractor type (normally used in the U.S. for the transport of large tree trunks, placed on an independent platform towed by the truck). The transmission (4x2) was by the chain on the rear wheel axle (see in the photograph the chain pendant characteristic together with the extensive rear wheel).

We have classified as "Type 2" because earlier (see next post) was another armored car of similar style, but with a longer chassis type, with prominent motor case (unlike this Garford having the engine retracted) and with the back featuring a precarious platform. In this model, which we call "Type 1", is attributed a chassis "Liberty", but the bad quality of photography does not confirm this news or another possible origin attribute.

Apparently the armored car "Type 1" intervened in the fighting in the Hotel Nacional in Havana during the revolution of 1933 mentioned. This action caused some casualties among the crew when, from the terrace of the hotel mentioned, the vehicle received numerous shots through his large hatches.

The Garford Armored Car "Type 2" is very probably made in late 1933 or early 1934, as I was better developed than the "Type 1".


Coche Blindado Improvisado Cubano Garford, Tipo 2.

Este Coche Blindado Improvisado Garford (Tipo 2) realizado en Cuba, y por primera vez clasificado correctamente, participa en un desfile celebrado en La Habana en mayo de 1934, un año después del éxito de la "Revolución Cubana de 1933".

Fue realizado sobre un camión corto Garford, tipo cabeza tractora (usado normalmente en EEUU para el  transporte de grandes troncos de árboles, colocados sobre una plataforma independiente remolcada por el camión). La transmisión (4x2) era por cadena sobre el eje de la rueda trasera (véase en la fotografía la característica cadena colgante junto a la amplia rueda trasera).

Lo he clasificado como "Tipo 2" porque anteriormente (ver siguiente post) hubo otro coche blindado de similar estilo, aunque con un tipo de chasis más largo y con la caja del motor bien visible (contrariamente a este Garford que tiene el motor retraído) y con la parte trasera presentando una precaria plataforma. A este modelo, que hemos dado en llamar "Tipo 1", se le atribuye un chasis "Liberty", pero la mala calidad de la fotografía no permite confirmar esta noticia ni atribuirle otro posible origen.

Al parecer el Coche Blindado "Tipo 1" intervino en los combates en el Hotel Nacional de La Habana durante la mencionada Revolución de 1933. Esta acción provocó algunas bajas en la tripulación cuando, desde la terraza del mencionado hotel, el vehículo recibió numerosos disparos a través de sus amplias escotillas.

El Coche Blindado Garford "Tipo 2", mucho mejor elaborado que el "Tipo 1" y por lo tanto de factura posterior, es bastante probable que se fabricase a finales de 1933 ó a principios de 1934.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Spanish Republican 'Field' Armored Truck Type 3, Aragon Front, early 1937.


Armored Car 'Field', Type 3.

The photography shows one of the two copies of Field Armored Cars Type 3, manufactured in the workshops of the "Construction Field" of Barcelona, in late 1936. Probably were performed on American truck chassis "Federal". The approximate weight of the vehicle was 8,000 kg. Armament consisted of one or more Hotchkiss Machine Guns of 7.7-mm. Also the crew of the Armored Car could fire with their rifles, from five loopholes in the hull and from the passenger seat of the driver as well as from the turret.

Back of the first vehicle, appears partially an Hispano-Suiza 3H6 Armored Car of the First Series, with three men on the turret. These vehicles were also manufactured in Barcelona on the same dates. This photography belongs to a series in which Republican column appears composed of several Armored Cars.The photographs were taken at the Aragon Front in January 1937.


Coche Blindado 'Field', Tipo 3.

La fotografía muestra uno de los dos ejemplares de Coches Blindados Field Tipo 3, fabricados en los talleres de la "Constructora Field" de Barcelona, a finales de 1936. Probablemente se realizaron sobre chasis de camiones estadounidenses "Federal". El peso aproximado del vehículo era de 8.000 Kg. El armamento consistía en una o más ametralladoras Hotchkiss de 7,7-mm. También la dotación del blindado podía disparar sus fusiles desde cinco aspilleras en el casco y desde el puesto del acompañante del conductor, así como desde la torreta.

Detrás del primer vehículo, aparece parcialmente un Coche Blindado Hispano-Suiza 3H6 de la primera serie, con tres hombres sobre la torreta. Estos vehículos también fueron fabricados en Barcelona en las mismas fechas. Esta fotografía pertenece a una serie en la que aparece una columna republicana compuesta de varios coches blindados. Las fotografías fueron  tomadas en el Frente de Aragón en enero de 1937.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

If you are interested in the AFV of the World War One, you can also visit my other Blogger: "Armored Cars in the WWI".



List of titles (post) on my blog "Armored Cars in the WWI" (until January 2012)
If you are interested in the World War One (WWI), you can also visit my other Blogger dedicated to the Armored Cars and other Combat Vehicles of the period 1900-1924.
You can access it from this link: http://armoredcars-ww-one.blogspot.com


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Listado de títulos (post) de mi blog “Armored Cars in the WWI” (Hasta enero 2012)
Si te interesa la Primera Guerra Mundial, puedes también visitar mi otro Blogger dedicado a los Coches Blindados y otros Vehículos de Combate del período 1900-1924.
Puedes acceder desde este enlace: http://armoredcars-ww-one.blogspot.com


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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Swedish Armored Car No. 3 (Pansarbil fm/25 Pb 3) 1926.


Swedish Armored Car No. 2 (Pansarbil fm/25 Pb 2) 1925.


Swedish Armored Car No. 1 (Pansarbil fm/25 Pb 1) 1925.


First Armored Car Platoon of the Swedish Army (1926).



First Armored Car Platoon of the Swedish Army (1926).

These three vehicles are the First Platoon of Armored Cars of the Swedish Army. Reinforced with motorcycles and trucks, was assigned to the Cavalry Regiment No. 3 (K3) in Skövde. 

These Armored Cars were used to perform various tests on them with weapons (cannons and machine-guns), with different types of radios. Also used for traction testing with tracks and skis. Also received different types of camouflage. Were active until the beginning of World War II. They were armed, in origin, with a Hotchkiss 6.5 mm Machine-Gun mounted in the turret.

In the photo
(of left to right):

No. 602 (Pb 1- No. 1) - Built in 1925.

No. 604 (Pb 3- No. 3) - Built in 1926.

No. 603 (Pb 2- No. 2) - Built in 1925.

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1º Pelotón de Coches Blindados Suecos (1926).

Estos tres vehículos constituyen el Primer Pelotón de Coches Blindados del Ejército Sueco. Reforzado con motocicletas y camiones, fue destinado al Regimiento de Caballería Nº 3 (K3) en Skövde.

Estos coches blindados fueron utilizados para realizar en ellos diferentes pruebas, con armamento (cañones y ametralladoras), con radios (tipo somier). También se utilizaron para realizar pruebas de tracción con orugas y esquíes. Asimismo recibieron diferentes tipos de camuflaje. Estuvieron en activo hasta comienzos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Fueron dotados, en origen, con una ametralladora Hotchkiss de 6,5 mm. montada en la torreta.

En la fotografía (de izquierda a derecha):

Nº-602 (Pb 1- Nº 1) – Fabricado en 1925.

Nº-604 (Pb 3- Nº 3) – Fabricado en 1926.

Nº-603 (Pb 2- Nº 2) – Fabricado en 1925.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Caterpillar-Mercier Armored Tractor. Zaragoza, Spain 1937.


Spanish T-26 Light Tank & White Truck. Spain, ca. 1942.


Brazilian Constitutionalist Improvised Armored Tractor (Used by the Sao Paulo Civil Guard) Constitutionalist Revolution, Brazil, 1932.



Improvised Armored Tractor used by the Brazilians Revolutionary Constitutionalists in 1932.

It was made for the Civil Guard in the rebellious city of Sao Paulo, during the Constitutionalist Revolution of 1932 against the Brazilian Central Government.

It was built on the basis of a notable dimensions tractor. Form the superstructure of the vehicle two rectangular boxes, one for the engine and one for the fighting compartment and the driver's seat in conjunction. The shield was steel and was coupled to the frame using rivets.

Was equipped with four loopholes, one on each side of the combat box, to allow the use of (probably 1 or 2) Hotchkiss Machine-Guns of  7-mm assigned to the vehicle. On the roof, displaced laterally, carrying a small observation turret. The floor was wooden. The crew consisted of five men, including the driver.

It has been attributed, as a basis for the construction of the armored vehicle, the chassis of a Fordson tractor Model 1922,
which is erroneous, because it was a medium sized tractor, being much greater size armored tractor.

The height of the motor housing was next to 2 m. and the engagement of the box, near to 2.5 m. These measures do not correspond to those of the Fordson tractor of 1922. Also the distance between axes is much larger than the Fordson tractor. It is possible that it is a type Case tractor.

It also ensures that two units were made of this model, although all photographs published to date show the same vehicle, so it was probably the only one built.



Tractor Blindado Improvisado usado por los Revolucionarios Constitucionalistas Brasileños, en 1932.

Fue realizado para la Guardia Civil de la ciudad sublevada de Sao Paulo, durante la Revolución Constitucionalista de 1932 contra el Gobierno Central Brasileño.

Estaba construído sobre la base de un tractor de notables dimensiones. Formaban la superestructura del vehículo dos cajas rectangulares, una para el motor y otra para la cámara de combate y el puesto del conductor conjuntamente. El blindaje era de acero y estaba acoplado a la estructura con remaches.

Estaba provisto de cuatro troneras, una en cada lado de la caja de combate, para permitir el uso de las  (probablemente una o dos) ametralladoras Hotchkiss de 7-mm. asignadas al vehículo. En el techo, desplazada lateralmente, llevaba una pequeña torreta para observación. El suelo era de madera. La tripulación estaba formada por cinco hombres, incluido el conductor.

Se ha atribuido, como base para la construcción de este vehículo blindado, el chasis de un tractor Fordson Modelo 1922, lo cual creo que es erróneo, ya que éste era un tractor de tamaño mediano, siendo mucho mayor el correspondiente al tractor blindado.

La altura de la caja del motor estaba próxima a los 2 m. y la de la caja de combate, próxima a los 2,5 m. Estas medidas no se corresponden con las del tractor Fordson de 1922. También la distancia entre ejes es mucho mayor que la del tractor Fordson. Es posible que se tratase de un tractor tipo Case.

También se asegura que se fabricaron dos unidades de este modelo, aunque todas las fotografías publicadas hasta hoy muestran el mismo vehículo, por lo que probablemente fuera éste el único construído.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Danish Citroën Armored Half-Track Car (Prototype, circa 1936).



Danish Citroën-Kegresse Armored Half-Track Car (Prototype, ca. 1936).

The Danish Army in 1932 purchased a single copy of the French Half-Track Car Citroën-Kegresse of 18-HP, which was used for off-road tests, including tests on snow too.

During the next two years participated as a support vehicle of  the wheeled Armored Cars in the Danish Army maneuvers.

Probably the capacity all-terrain vehicle, which lacked the Danish
​​Armored Cars -made on Ford chassis AA  (4x2)-, motivated the construction of this prototype of Citroën Armored Half-Track Car.

It is quite probable that the "shield" of this unknown prototype (which so far I have not found any reference graphic or written) was built of wood, perhaps coated with a thin steel plate. It is also probable that it was built between 1935 and 1936. The prototype has been in the roof, in a pillbox structure, a French Hotchkiss machine gun.


Coche Semioruga Blindado danés Citroën-Kegresse (Prototipo, c. 1936). 

El Ejército Danés adquirió en 1932 un único ejemplar del coche semioruga
francés Citroën-Kegresse de 18-HP. Éste fue utilizado en pruebas de campo a través incluidas las pruebas sobre terrenos nevados..

Durante los dos años siguientes a su adquisición, participó
en las maniobras del ejército, como vehículo de apoyo para los coches blindados daneses. 

Quizás la capacidad todo-terreno del vehículo, de la que carecían los coches blindados daneses -realizados sobre chasis de vehículos Ford AA (4x2)-, motivó la construcción de este prototipo de Coche Semioruga Blindado Citroën.

Es bastante probable que el "blindaje" de este desconocido prototipo (del que hasta ahora no he encontrado ninguna referencia gráfica ni escrita) estuviera construido en madera,  recubierta quizás de una delgada chapa de metal. También es probable que fuera construido en fechas próximas a 1935 ó 1936. El prototipo lleva en el techo, en una estructura en casamata, una ametralladora francesa Hotchkiss.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Polish Praga RV Cargo Truck. Summer, 1939.


A strange tour

In the summer of 1939 the Poles received of the Germans 300 truck Prague RV of 2-ton load .

Were provided in compliance with the German-Polish Treaty Rail Transit between West German territory and German East Prussia through Polish territory.

Trucks Prague RV had been commandeered by the Germans after the invasion and occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1938.

After the battles of September 1939, many of these trucks returned to the hands of the Germans, others were captured by the Russians, then others were used to transport the Polish troops to the border of Hungary, where they were interned. This time the trucks requisitioned in the border were transferred to the Hungarian Army.




Un extraño recorrido

En el verano de 1939 los polacos recibieron de los alemanes 300 camiones Praga RV de 2-ton. 

Se entregaron en cumplimiento del Tratado Germano-Polaco de Tránsito Ferroviario. Éste consistía en la autorización, por parte del gobierno polaco y con determinadas condiciones, al tránsito ferroviario entre el territorio alemán del oeste y la Prusia Oriental alemana a través del propio territorio polaco.

Los camiones Praga RV habían sido requisados por los alemanes después de la invasión y ocupación de Checoslovaquia en 1938.

Después de las batallas de septiembre de 1939,  muchos de estos camiones volvieron a manos de los alemanes; otros fueron capturados por los rusos, y finalmente otros fueron utilizados para transportar a las tropas polacas hasta la frontera de Hungría, donde quedaron internadas. Esta vez los camiones requisados en la frontera pasaron a manos del Ejército Húngaro.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hispano-Suiza Armored Car, Model, 1935. Spain.


Torras Armored Car, Type 4. Spanish Republic 1937.


Republican Improvised 'Greasy' Armored Car. Gijón, Asturias, Spain 1936 (Spanish Civil War 1936-39).


Improvised 'Greasy' Armored Car. Asturias Revolution, 1934 Spain.



Improvised 'Greasy Type'' Armored Car. Asturias Revolution, Spain 1934.

In 1934, during the uprising of Asturian coal basin, known as the Revolution of Asturias, created a series of improvised armored vehicles that were used by the rebels. We have identified about 14 vehicles, although they could have been some more.

Almost all of them had three characteristics in common:

1st - unsophisticated craft a bill

2nd - a cover on the back box shaped vehicle roof, remembering very slightly the form of Lancias 1Z and Triota Armored Cars , used in Ireland by the British, and remembering very especially the structure of Peerless-Vickers Armored Car Greeks (*)

3rd - a thick layer of grease (type valvulina) that completely covered the vehicle

This last feature, the most original and surprising, was a practice done with the conviction that the bullets would slide on this layer of grease, preventing penetration into the shield

We do not know the practical result of this application, although it seems to have some
fundament, especially when a projectile will impact on an incline and properly greased.

This practice has not spread outside the Asturian zone. However, two years later, in some of the first Asturian Improvised Armored Cars of the Spanish Civil War of 1936, the practice continued to be used (see the post immediately above).

The drawbacks of the "method of the grease" manifested in the tissue hanging from the door of the armored car in the photograph. Use of this tissue was the only way to enter the vehicle without smudging.

(*) See the two post (see links below) related to these Peerless-Vickers Armored Car Greeks in my other blog, dedicated to Armored Cars of the World War I: 

"Armored Cars in the WWI" - http://armoredcars-ww-one.blogspot.com.es/

Greek Peerless-Vickers Armored Car -

Greek Peerless-Vickers Armored Car (Built in 1923)



Coche Blindado Improvisado 'Tipo Grasiento'. Revolución de Asturias, España, 1934.

En 1934, durante la sublevación de la cuenca minera asturiana, conocida como Revolución de Asturias,  se creó una serie de vehículos blindados improvisados que fueron utilizados por los sublevados. Se han identificado unos 14 vehículos, aunque podrían haber existido algunos más.

Casi todos ellos tenían tres características en común:

1ª- una factura artesanal poco elaborada

2ª - una cubierta en la caja posterior del vehículo en forma de tejado, recordando muy ligeramente la forma de los Coches Blindados Lancias 1Z y Triota, utilizados en Irlanda por los británicos, y  recordando muy especialmente la estructura de los Coches Blindados Peerless-Vickers griegos(*)

3ª - una espesa capa de grasa (tipo valvulina) que cubría el vehículo por completo

Esta última característica, la más original y sorprendente, fue una práctica hecha con el convencimiento de que dicha capa de grasa haría resbalar las balas, impidiendo la penetración en el blindaje.

No conocemos el resultado práctico de esta aplicación, aunque parece tener cierto fundamento, sobre todo cuando un proyectil impactara en una superficie inclinada y debidamente engrasada.

Esta práctica no se difundió fuera de la zona asturiana. Sin embargo, dos años más tarde, en algunos de los primeros coches blindados improvisados asturianos de la Guerra Civil de 1936, se siguió utilizando esta práctica (ver el post inmediatamente superior).

Los inconvenientes del "método de la grasa" quedan de manifiesto por el pañuelo que cuelga de la puerta del blindado en la fotografía. Usar este pañuelo era la única forma de entrar en el vehículo sin mancharse.

(*) Véase los dos post (ver enlaces de abajo) relacionados con estos Coches Blindados Peerless-Vickers griegos en mi otro Blog, dedicado a los Coches Blindados de la Primera Guerra Mundial:  


"Armored Cars in the WWI" http://armoredcars-ww-one.blogspot.com.es/

Greek Peerless-Vickers Armored Car -

Greek Peerless-Vickers Armored Car (Built in 1923)
http://armoredcars-ww-one.blogspot.com.es/2012/01/greek-peerless-vickers-armored-car-buit.html


Improvised Caterpillar Armored Tractor. Spanish Civil War, Madrid Front ca.1936.