Dutch Tankbuks M.38

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Dutch Tankbuks M.38

Post by Ardee » 06 Oct 2023 22:12

Many sites on the subject state that the Dutch used the Solothurn S18/1000 antitank rifle (Dutch designation: Tankbuks M.38). However, I've only found evidence of it being used in their coloial forces, such as the KNIL. Does anybody have information and/or photo(s) of this weapon in use of the European Dutch Army? Or sources on the subject?

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Re: Dutch Tankbuks M.38

Post by audrew » 07 Oct 2023 19:12

The Netherlands had bought six S 18-150 in 1937 for trials but rejected them upon seeing the initial results for the S18-1000. A definitive order for 662 S18-1000s was placed in late 1938, divided as 340 for the Royal Netherlands Army (Koninklijke Landmacht) and 322 for the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (Koninklijk Nederlands Indisch Leger; KNIL). By the time of the German invasion in May 1940, 125 Dutch Army and 72 KNIL rifles had been delivered.
The Italians also looked at the S 18-1000 after rejecting the S 18-100 in 1934. They placed initial orders in 1939 for trials and the first pieces arrived in early 1940 being designated Carabina “S”. At the conclusion of the trials, the Italian Royal Army (Regio Esercito) wanted to equip every infantry battalion with 6 pieces. It is unknown how many were delivered to the Italians, but it is thought to be around 578 of the estimated 1,131 required. The main reason for the lack of deliveries was that Switzerland was placing restrictions on the exportation of war materials to any belligerent nation in 1940. Solothurn S-18/154 anti-tank rifle in Hanko Front Museum. A variant of S-18/100, this rifle was one of twelve purchased by Finland from Switzerland. The weapon was used by Finnish infantry regiment 13. https://tanks-encyclopedia.com/solothurn-s-18-1000/

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Re: Dutch Tankbuks M.38

Post by Ardee » 07 Oct 2023 22:44

Thank you for the help, Andrew. I feel like an idiot for having this, as I've used that site before. I would still like to see a photo of it in the hands of the European Dutch army, if anybody has/finds one. I've resumed a long-term project, and would appreciate the assist.

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Re: Dutch Tankbuks M.38

Post by audrew » 08 Oct 2023 16:03

Solothurn S 18-1000 20mm anti-tank rifle trialed on a motorcycle sidecar by Dutch forces in 1939 https://www.reddit.com/r/shittytechnica ... rialed_on/
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Re: Dutch Tankbuks M.38

Post by audrew » 08 Oct 2023 16:09

The Solothurn S-18-100 20mm anti-tank cannon - Alexanderkazerne, Den Haag (1939) https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6y4i9j
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Re: Dutch Tankbuks M.38

Post by audrew » 10 Oct 2023 15:23

BMW R75 with sidecar armed with a 20mm Solothurn anti tank rifle Solothurn S18-100
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Re: Dutch Tankbuks M.38

Post by audrew » 10 Oct 2023 15:45

#5, The Solothurn S-18-1000 20mm anti-tank cannon - Alexanderkazerne, Den Haag (1939) non S18-100

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Re: Dutch Tankbuks M.38

Post by Ardee » 12 Oct 2023 20:23

Hey, thanks. I hadn't expected another reply here, quite so soon.

What you provided helps, but they are a bit blurry for my purposes - a problem with screenshots from on-line period videos.I take what I gets, but for what it's worth, my ideal photo is crisp, medium-to-large, and of standard infantry in combat training or something simlar. In addition to books and magazines, I've used different search engines in multiple languages (certainly not foolproof, and sometimes limited by my imagination or knowledge as to what images might be labeled - for example, if panzerchrek photos were actually hard to find, would I easily think of searching under the German nickname of "stovepipe"? Probably not. I've found things like a great photo for a WW2 weapon being used by the French Army -- on a Russian-langage site). Anyway, I'm babbling on too long, but I appreciate the photos!
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Re: Dutch Tankbuks M.38

Post by Ardee » 12 Oct 2023 20:30

Okay, I reloaded the page after posting - and saw the third photo, the best of the three! I think I might make that one work! Thank you again, very much!

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