The Skoda Tortoise PA II Czech Tank

by Daniel Russ on April 19, 2012

The Skoda Tortoise PA II

The Skoda Tortoise

 

The Skoda Tortoise PA II Czech Tank

The Skoda Tortoise PA II Czech Tank

 

The Skoda Tortoise PA II Czech Tank

The Skoda Tortoise PA II Czech Tank

 

The Skoda Tortoise PA II Czech Tank

The Skoda Tortoise PA II Czech Tank

 

Czechoslovakia was an unexpected source of engineering skill. Although out classed by German manufacturing right next door, the Skoda PAII tank featured revolutionary design from this quaint corner of Europe. The tank had rounded armor and gun turrets all around the vehicle. In 1923, 12 copies were made but never quite accepted into service. Vienna’s police bought three of them and the rest were all taken over by the occupying Nazis who converted them to radio vehicles.

 

 

The 37mm gun was up armored to a 75mm gun.

 

The Skoda Tortoise PA II Czech Tank

The Skoda Tortoise PA II Czech Tank

 

Source: http://www.tanksinworldwar2.com/czechoslovakia-skoda-pa-ii.php

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Thomas Zychowski February 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm

What a fantastic vehicle.

Louis September 12, 2017 at 6:13 am

As A nitpicker I will state that this is a armoured car, and not a tank, because wheels, and no turret. But still an interesting vehicule.
What I do find mistifying is the start of your article. Czechia was one of the earliest industrialised regions in the world. And both during the first world war, and the second one, Skoda provided lots of artillery, vehicules and (true) tanks to the armed forces of Austria-Hungary (WWI) and Germany (WWII). They provided most of the guns for the ships of the Imperial-and-Royal Adriatic fleet, in WWI. And at least two of the Panzer divisions that overran France, the Balkan, and Russia, were equipped with Czech tanks, the P35 and the P38 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanks_of_Czechoslovakia)

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