Carden Lloyd Tankette Mk V


Model of the Dutch Carden Lloyd Tankette Mk.V. As available in May 1940. The Dutch army had 5 tankettes and those were the only tracked vehicles in the Netherlands. Well, there was also a Renault R1 tank, but that was only used for testing before May 1940. The Dutch Tankettes had a MG-gun shield what made them somewhat unique compared to the Mk.V’s of other countries.

It is a bit unclear what happened with all 5 tankettes, but 2 Tankettes did try to join the fighting at the Waalhaven airport May 10th 1940, but both had taken damage during a German bombing raid. So the vehicles were left behind, but only after the Dutch removed the Machine gun.

Crew 2 (driver + machine-gunner) Armament 0.303 (7.62mm) Vickers Machine-gun.

Picture showing 2 Carden Lloyd Tankette’s. Notice the second tankette behind the GMC truck. The first Armored car is a Morris “Koekblikje” (Picture from the “Collection Netherlands Institute of Military History”)

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