Hungarian Light Tank Toldi II
Hungarian light tank Toldi was based on the Landswerk 60 tank made in
Sweden. It had good movement abilites, highly sloped armour and very good
optical instruments for observation and fire guidance. Hungarians
installed 20mm gun and 8mm AA machinegun. Engines of 155hp were assumed to
be transferred from Germany. Also optical instruments came from there
after the long delays. Tank was named 38M Toldi, for Toldi is the national
hero of Hungaria, who lived during XIV century.
Due to the lack of
experience and delays with the arrival of instruments from Germany the
work was going slow. First 90 vehicles went to the army only in the May of
Tanks Toldi did not show themselves from the best point of view.
Engines and other parts were going to broke after the 100km of run.
Disregarding its deficiency, the other 100 Toldi tanks were ordered to be
made in 1941. This vehicles, sometimes called Toldi II had increased front
and turret armour by the 20mm plates. Its mass was increased from 8 ton to
9.3 ton and speed decreased from 50km/h to 47km/h. Tanks Toldi fought
during 1941-1942 on Soviet fronts and suffered heavy losses. The remains
of them were in 1943 reequipped with the 40mm gun. Toldi could serve as a
good reconnaissance tank, because of its not bad speed and operational