Originally Posted by Listy
No one for some of the Dutch Armoured cars from the start of the war? IIRC some of those where very impressive pieces of kit.
Well for some-one twisting my arm. The three types of armoured cars used by the Dutch at the time of the German invasion:
The Swedish built Landsverk 181 and the improved Landsverk 182:
The Panserwagen M-36 (mod. 181), 6x4, engine: Daimler-Benz, petrol 4-stroke 6 in line, 80 bHp/300 rpm, weight 6.100 Kg.
In use with the 1e Eskadron Panserwagens.
Panserwagen M-38 (mod 182) 6x4, engine: Bussing-NAG, petrol 4-stroke, V-8, 150bHp/300 rpm, weight 7.000 Kg.
In use with the 2e Eskadron Panserwagens.
None of the Landsverk designs had floor armour, which at the time (pre-1938) was not considered too much of a problem. To the layman the external diffenrences between the 181 and the 182 model;
Trapezoid shaped front radiator grille v. recangular one. The Panserwagen M-39 (DAF mod P.T.3), 6x, engine: Ford, petrol 4-stroke, V-8, 95 pHp/3600 rpm, weight 5.800 Kg.
The 182 model is wider at the front hence it's rectangular radiator grille v. the trapezoid shaped grille for the 181 model
All of the above armoured cars were equiped with the "same" Landsverk style turret with a 37 mm Bofors quick-fire AT gun. with an independent
All vehicles also had front and rear M-20 mgs.
Further more all of the types/makes had a front and auxiliary rear driver's position! Now this is really appreciated if you have to steer the vehicle looking at the outside world through peep slits and periscopes, whist trying to get out of a hot spot.
Most of the Dutch armour was used to protect airfields and consequently saw action for most part against the German Fallschirmjaeger attacking said
airfields. Other than that and some lt. recon work around areas said
to be under threat by Fallschirmjager, the Dutch armoured cars did not see much action.
The captured M-36 and M-38 were retained by the German Polizei Dienst the German Police in Holland.
Captured (DAF) M-39 were used by the German SS Polizei Division on the Eastern Front until at least winter 1941/42.