Axis Armored Vehicles Quiz

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Re: Axis Armored Vehicles Quiz

Post by bam » 19 Jan 2021 14:44

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What on earth is this crazy thing?
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Re: Axis Armored Vehicles Quiz

Post by Pz III » 19 Jan 2021 18:47

Autoblinda Capronia Vespa circa 1941-42 Also known as Autoblinda Caproni Fuscaldo or Vespa Scout Car. Built by Italian aircraft manufacturer Caproni.

From the Secret Projects website.

"Early in 1942, one subsidiary of the largest industrial group in Italy — the Societa Italiana Caproni — brought out prototypes of a so-called Vespa small two-seat reconnaissance car. In fact, the design of this vehicle dated back to the mid-thirties but actual testing of the pilot models did not begin until then. The Autoblinda Caproni-Fuscaldo, or Vespa scout car, was the most original armoured vehicle ever developed in Italy. It embodied an unorthodox wheel arrangement featuring two wheels along the vehicle axis (one behind the other, like a motorcycle), and one wheel on each side, so giving a lozenge configuration which was claimed to offer a better trench crossing performance. Two Vespa scout car prototypes were widely tested by the Centro Studi della Motorizzazi-one; they were not agreed for series production and the pioneering work in that direction was lost. Weighing about three and a half tons the Vespa scout car was armed with a single machine gun. It had a top speed of 86 km.p.h. provided by an Artena, in-line 8 cylinder engine of 82 b.h.p. Its armour protection was at a maximum of 26-mm at the front and 14-mm on the sides"

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Re: Axis Armored Vehicles Quiz

Post by bam » 20 Jan 2021 09:22

Absolutely spot on. It's the armoured Vespa!
Very sensibly the Italians dropped this contraption, and decided to build the much better Lince scoutcars instead.

But what a difference a vehicle like this would have made to the UK battles between the Mods and Rockers... street fights at the end of the 1950s, when hundreds of Mods on scooters made by Vespa and Piaggio did battle at seaside resorts with hundreds of Rockers on motorbikes. Armoured Vespa rules!

Over to you Pz.III...

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Re: Axis Armored Vehicles Quiz

Post by Pz III » 24 Jan 2021 23:06

Ok Fellas
Here is my quiz subject - good luck
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Re: Axis Armored Vehicles Quiz

Post by arminfreitag » 24 Jan 2021 23:44

Hi
I have this vehicle as a Sfl 5 cm Pak on french tractor Schneider CD.

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Re: Axis Armored Vehicles Quiz

Post by bam » 25 Jan 2021 09:52

It's from one of the surrounded german garrisons on the French coast, if I remember correctly.

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Re: Axis Armored Vehicles Quiz

Post by Pz III » 25 Jan 2021 14:29

Hi Armin
Yes you have it exactly right - your turn now.

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Re: Axis Armored Vehicles Quiz

Post by arminfreitag » 25 Jan 2021 21:19

Hi everybody
here my next quiz question.
Can you identify this rare vehicle?

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Re: Axis Armored Vehicles Quiz

Post by Pz III » 26 Jan 2021 00:29

Hi Armin
Sd Kfz 254 which is missing its armored roof. The photo is reversed

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Re: Axis Armored Vehicles Quiz

Post by arminfreitag » 26 Jan 2021 01:00

Hi Rich
I'm sorry but it is not a Sdkfz 254 and the picture is not reversed.
I have to say it is a prototype.

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Re: Axis Armored Vehicles Quiz

Post by Pz III » 26 Jan 2021 01:49

OK I got it Saurer RK-9

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Re: Axis Armored Vehicles Quiz

Post by arminfreitag » 26 Jan 2021 02:33

Hi Rich
that was fast and is exactly right.
Here 2 more pictures of this vehicle.
Please go on with the quiz.

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Re: Axis Armored Vehicles Quiz

Post by Pz III » 01 Feb 2021 04:06

Hi all
Here is my next quiz subject - should not be hard.
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Re: Axis Armored Vehicles Quiz

Post by ArmchairSamurai » 01 Feb 2021 05:14

Pz III wrote:
01 Feb 2021 04:06
Hi all
Here is my next quiz subject - should not be hard.
Isn't that just an Autoblinda AB-43?
There are three sorts of people; those who are alive, those who are dead, and those who are at sea.

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Re: Axis Armored Vehicles Quiz

Post by bam » 01 Feb 2021 10:48

Is it the AB 43 prototype, like it says in the heading that's attached to your image?....oops..

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