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Tankey McBoatface

Mad Bob has been quite for a while, but he is back with more madness - the vickers Carden-Loyd M1931 Light Amphibious tank. Armed with a single .303 Vickers machine gun this British design was exported to China, Thailand and the Netherlands for the KNIL in the east indies. Due to it's amphibious nature the tank was thinly armoured and had a very cramped crew compartment even by the standards of the 1930's. China received around 30 tanks during the 1930's. A dozen tanks were purchased by provincial government, the KMT purchased the other 16 which served in the army's 'Dragon Company'. The tanks survived the initial fighting and were still in service until at least 1942. The Dutch KNIL received two tanks in time for the defence of Indonesia, and asked for their order of Vickers light tanks to be delivered along with a modified turret mounting twin colt-browning machine guns.


Not the most effective tank in BA, but great to see this unique model available.




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