Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A trip to Arsenalen – The Swedish Tank Museum - Part 3 Softskins and guns in Swedish use

Now for some softskins from the Swedish Tank Museum.
The other parts of the series:
Part 1 - AFVs in Swedish use, WWII and before
Part 2 - AFVs in Swedish use, post WWII
Part 3 - softskins and guns in Swedish use - this post
Part 4 - Foreign vehicles

Vidahl & Sohn G1200 or Tgb m/39. Between 200 and 400 bought from Germany in 1939 and used until the late 40s (Tgb = terrängbil = terrain car)
Klöckner A3000 or Tgb m/42. 600 were bought from Germany in 1943-44
Volvo TLV131 or Tgb m/42 VL. 816 were delivered between 1943 and -47
This is one of two prototype Bv 208S that would in time become Bv 308/309. This one was  used in trials by Swedish UN troops in Macedonia. 
Bv 206 in one of several versions. Made by Hägglunds druing the 80s. 4500 in Swedish use and a total of 11000 produced. Excellent cross-country and snow capabilites, can  swim without preparation and carries 5+11 soldiers. 
Amfbil 101, from Alvis Stalwart. Used by the Marine for their mobile artillery. In use from mid 60s to mid 80s (Amfbil = amfibiebil = amphibious car)
Guns
The 37mm Bofors ATG, or Pvkan m/38. More than 3000 produced and used by Sweden, Finland, Poland, the UK and more nations during WWII (Pvkan = pansarvärnskanon =ATG)
You might recognize this leFH 18, or Haub m/39. 138 of these famous German 105 mm howitzer were bought in 1939 and it was in use until the mid 80s.

There are also some other things to look at in the museum:
A large collection of dioramas with flat tin-figures
Battle of Stäket 1719
Regimental history
A soldiers cottage originally built in the 16th century and modernised since then.

6 comments:

  1. Very nice photos, thanks for sharing! They bring me good memories! Cheers!

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    1. You're welcome. Glad you like them!

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  2. Another great post and I thoroughly enjoyed the pictures of the flat tin miniatures.

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    1. Thank you!
      I didn't take any more pics of the minis, unfortunately. Next time, though...

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  3. Great stuff, thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome.
      I'm glad people seem to enjoy these kinds of posts about museums as much as I do.

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