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Mystery "Tank" - location Afghanistan

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    Hi guys, having recently returned from my sandy "holiday", I was wondering if any of you kind souls could identify this piece of armour I saw in theatre?

    I suspect it is most likely an inter-wars piece used by the British in the 20's and 30's?

    I also have a stack of photos of other more modern stuff I located in scrapyards of former Soviet equipment but not sure if that is of interest for this forum as it is 70's and 80's gear?

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    Very nice ! Unwound like to see more photos !

    Thanks for showing ! ...

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    It's an Italian Carro Veloce 33 tankette-widely exported by the Italians pre WW2 but of little combat use against anybody who was part of a real army but perhaps tribesmen with Martini Henrys would have been intimidated by the little 2 man crew vehicle with twin 8mm MGs max 14mm armour and weight of 3.2 tonnes.

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    Not the answer I was expecting - very interesting, thank you.

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    Kmtc?

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    bruce545 -what was your question?

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    The Afgan goverment purchased a small number of these Italian death traps in 1936.
    She's a real beauty though.The general condition is fantastic.No salt air up there I guess.
    Cheers for posting
    Dave

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    Quote by lithgow View Post
    bruce545 -what was your question?
    Was this on display at Kabul Military Training Center? There was one on a raised platform in '03. No one (Coalition or ANA/AMF) knew the history behind it. We assumed it was UK in origin.

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    About 23 captured Italian tankettes of this type were used to form the very first Greek Armored Battalion!

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    It's almost criminal to have men fight in such death-traps...useful for towing artillery, I presume...

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