Saturday, August 11, 2018

Early WW2 Polish Armor for Bolt Action

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
Here they are, the Polish 7TP JW and 7TP DW Twin-Turret tanks for our early war Polish Army!

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
The 7TP was the only genuine tank produced in Poland before World War II. The 7TP stood for 7 Ton Polish even though it was a 9 ton vehicle.

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
It was also the most combat worthy armored vehicle in the Polish Army at a time of the German invasion in 1939, and one of the icons of the pre-war Polish Army.

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
Several guns were considered but the Swedish 37mm Bofors gun was chosen, since it had been adopted as a standard towed anti-tank gun for the Polish Army, and offered good performance for that time.

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
The 7TP was the most advanced of all Vickers 6-Ton tank derivatives in the world, and can be considered a Polish design, being a compilation of foreign licences and their own inventions.

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
Despite all of this, it was not the most modern tank in 1939, but it kept pace with the world's standard for a light tank.

The light tank class constituted a mainstay of armored forces worldwide, and the 7TP could be a match for any enemy vehicle.
Early War Polish 7TP Tank
In March 1935, the first series of 22 twin-turret tanks was ordered.

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
All were utilizing machine gun turrets removed from 22 Vickers E tanks during their conversion to single-turret.

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
Such armament was a forced solution, since a final turret and gun had not yet been chosen for the single turret.

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
For additional information on the 7TP, check out The PIBWL military site.

Have A Great Battle!
The Old Crow

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