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  © Michal Derela, 1999-2010 Updated: 23. 02. 2010

This page is a supplement to the Polish Vickers Mk.E (6-ton) light tank page, containing miscellaneous photos of these tanks in the Polish service.


Polish Vickers Mark E tank

Vickers twin turret, nr.1358 in the early 1930s, leads a truck column. The tank has covers on MG barrels (most probably wz.25 MG's), and wears an early camouflage style. Standing by the tank, is the Polish well-known motorist Witold Rychter.
[source: Witold Rychter, "Dzieje samochodu", Warszawa 1983].


Polish Vickers Mark E tanks

The Polish Vickers E tanks on a parade, probably 11 November 1934. The tanks are in early (so-called "Japanese") camouflage. Note an air filter behind a crew compartment.


Polish Vickers Mark E tanks

The Polish Vickers E tanks on a parade, probably in 1937 (the photo is probably colorized).
[Photo source: "Wojskowy Przeglad Techniczny", nr. 9/1989]


Polish Vickers Mark E tanks

The Polish Vickers E tanks on a parade in Warsaw, probably 11 November 1936. The tank number is 1479 - the numbers were painted only until 1937.
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Polish Vickers Mark E tanks

Twin-turret Vickers E, number 1482 on a parade in Warsaw, on 11 November 1936. The tank has been already rearmed with water-cooled 7.92mm wz.30 MG's.
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Polish Vickers Mark E tanks

The Polish Vickers tanks on a parade in Warsaw (Mokotowskie airfield), before the king of Romania Charles II, June 1937. [2]


Polish Vickers Mark E tanks

Vickers E tanks on a parade, probably in 1936-37. Visible are boxes on the rear fenders and mufflers.


Polish Vickers Mark E tank

Vickers Mk.E of the 121st Light Tank Company in August 1939, shortly before the war.
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Polish Vickers Mark E tank

The Vickers tanks platoon before the war (a twin-turret tank on the right is apparently equipped with radio - it has a folded aerial).
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Polish Vickers Mark E tank

The Polish Vickers of the 121st Light Tank Company damaged and captured by the Germans on 6 September 1939 at Trzciana.
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Polish Vickers Mark E tank

Polish Vickers Mark E tank

A photo of the same tank. Note a camouflage of tree branches.

[Waldemar Trojca: "Polski Wrzesień 1939 - Foto album", Katowice-Speyer 2002]


Polish Vickers Mark E tank

Polish Vickers Mk.E destroyed probably near Tomaszów Lubelski.




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Polish Vickers Mark E tank

Polish Vickers Mk.E tanks, most probably captured in the battle of Tomaszów Lubelski.



Polish Vickers Mark E tank

The Polish Vickers captured by the Germans (reportedly in Niemirów - probably abandoned tank of the Warsaw Armoure-Motorized brigade)
[collection of Piotr Smoliński]



Polish Vickers Mark E tank

Polish Vickers Mk. E tank captured by the Germans, with a TKS tankette (location unknown - probably near Tomaszów Lubelski).





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Part I: Vickers Mk.E tank - history and construction

Part II: Vickers Mk.E tank - international service

Part III: Vickers Mk.E in Polish service.

Main sources:
1. Janusz Magnuski: "Angielski lekki czołg Vickers Mark E w polskiej służbie"; "Nowa Technika Wojskowa" nr. 5 and 6/99.
2. Adam Jońca, Rajmund Szubański, Jan Tarczyński: "Wrzesień 1939 - Pojazdy Wojska Polskiego - Barwa i broń"; WKL; Warsaw 1990.
3. J. Tarczyński, K. Barbarski, A. Jońca: "Pojazdy w Wojsku Polskim - Polish Army Vehicles - 1918-1939"; Ajaks; Pruszków 1995.
6. Janusz Ledwoch: "Blitzkrieg 1936-1940: Malowanie i oznakowanie"; Militaria, Warsaw 1997


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