|T38 abandoned in the mud.|
Firstly apologies for the lack of posts this week. My attention has been focused upon home - my eldest's birthday and my health problems have been flavour of the week.
Anyway, to today's photo. This is a first for Frontkämpfer as it shows a tank - albeit not too impressive a vehicle! Here we see a Soviet T-38 relegated to duty as an unusual photo-prop. Designed as a reconnaissance vehicle, the T38 was rendered amphibious by large flotation tanks (as was the T37) Armed with a 7,62mm MG and sporting very thin armour, it was near useless in combat. Surprisingly the top speed of these little "tankettes" was just 40kmh. Another peculiarity was the lack of radio on most T38s - particularly strange given their scouting rôle!
As was the case with a great many captured vehicles, the T38 was pressed into German service as both a tractor and anti-partisan AFV. There are reports of this tankette being converted into a mount for a 3,7cm Flak but I have yet to see any evidence of this conversion.
Once again, there are no details on the reverse of the photo. The conditions suggest Spring or Autumn but as these vehicles were used until at least 1943, dating is difficult. However, 1941/42 is probably the most likely window.