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German 38(t) light tank, made in Czechoslovakia

Panzerkampfwagen 38(t)

The Panzer 38(t) was a light tank made in Czechoslovakia during World War II. It was better armed than either of the German built Panzers I or II, and was mechanically more reliable and more maneuverable than the German built Panzer IV. The Panzer 38(t) was very well suited to Blitzkrieg tactics and the tank was a very important contributor to the outstanding German success in France in 1940. The light riveted armor of the 38(t) was a weak point compared to the German built Panzer III, and the 38(t) suffered heavy loses in Russia, generally being withdrawn from front line service in late 1941 to early 1942. The 1,414 Czech built 38(t)s were important in hiding the low production numbers of German built Panzer IIIs.

*The (t) in the name was a German designation that the tank was built in Czechoslovakia.