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Polish armoured car wz. 34 - gallery (part 2)


This page is a supplement to the armoured car wz.34 page. It contains additional photos of vehicles destroyed or captured during World War 2. They were taken mostly by anonymous German soldiers. A quality of available photos is different, but they have a big educational and research value, and for the first time were gathered in one place. We are looking for good quality photos of wz.34, new or replacing already existing ones. See also gallery part I for pre-war photos.

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Armoured car wz.34. Armoured car wz.34.
A wz.34 armoured car with an older hull with a dull nose, armed with a gun in an older rectangular mantlet. The car has an unidentified unofficial squadron marking - the lightning, which is the only squadron marking seen on Polish armoured cars in 1939 (any markings were generally forbidden). On upper left photo a rear part of a frame is well visible, with springs' mounting and a slanted rear armoured skirt. A commander's seat is on left wall inside. A warped fender allows to connect this photo of almost intact vehicle with later ones. On lower photos, a front axle and its guiding fork are visible.
Armoured car wz.34. Armoured car wz.34.

Armoured car wz.34.Armoured car wz.34.
Two other known armoured cars wz.34 with the older hull and the lightning marking, armed with a machine gun (top) or a gun (right). Barely visible is the lighting on rear doors as well. A car on the right has apparently a newer sharper hull's nose, the one atop has a dull one.

Armoured car wz.34.  Armoured car wz.34.
Well-known armoured car wz.34 destroyed in Warsaw. Well visible are details of an older wide hull, with a dull nose. The car was armed with a machine gun in an older rectangular mounting. On part of photos, a triangle signalling flag is seen.
Armoured car wz.34.


Armoured car wz.34.
Armoured car wz.34.

Armoured car wz.34.

 
Widely photographed burnt armoured car wz.34 with an older hull; according to original description, between KielceW and RadomW. If the description is correct, it could have belonged to the 51st Armoured Unit, although this unit used mostly (exclusively?) cars with newer hulls. The other possibility seems the 33rd Armoured Unit, operating near Radom. On right lower photo, in spite of poor quality, a longer roof before a turret in the older hull variant is clearly seen. Upper photos reveal a muffler under a chassis.

 
Also often photographed armoured car wz.34 with a newer hull, armed with a gun in a round mounting. It surely belonged to the 51st Armoured Unit of Krakowska (Cracov) Cavalry Brigade and was destroyed in Iłża W neighbourhood, probably near Piłatka villageW on Iłża - Lipsko road, east of Iłża. Upper left photo show an advanced process of stripping the car off of useful parts by local villagers (there is a fuel tank visible under a bonnet). Also, a short roof before a turret in this variant is well visible. On upper right photo, the car even still has a pickaxe. Another photo of this vehicle was in a main article.
 

Armoured car wz.34. Armoured car wz.34.
Another armoured car wz.34 with a newer hull, armed originally with a gun in a round mounting, of the 51st Armoured Unit near Iłża. Probably the car was destroyed south of Iłża, on Iłża - Lubienia road. Noteworthy is an unusual camouflage pattern, in standard colours. Visible is a way of mounting of rear semi-elliptic springs to a widened frame. Its photo from a back was in a main article.

Armoured car wz.34.Armoured car wz.34.
A burnt-out armoured car wz.34 with a newer hull, originally armed with a machine gun. The car was likely pushed aside by a heavier vehicle (although a front right fender is intact). Note a hole in a radiator.

Armoured car wz.34.In one German album it was described as "Kielce/Lublin". In connection with bumper mountings, it suggests the car of the 51st Armoured Unit, probably in Iłża neighbourhood.

Armoured car wz.34.  Armoured car wz.34.
An armoured car wz.34 with a newer hull with a bumper, abandoned in a wood – it might be suspected, that it belonged to the 51st Armoured Unit as well, possibly near Iłża.

Armoured car wz.34.
An armoured car wz.34 with a newer hull, reg. no. W05-255, in a booty collection place before the Bishops' PalaceW in Kielce (most probably from the 51st Armoured Unit). The car has bumper mountings.

A captured armoured car wz.34 with a newer hull, without a bumper, in a yard in front of a palace in Radzyń PodlaskiW (probably from the 81st Armoured Unit). The car was armed with a machine gun. Note a camouflage pattern.


An overturned wz.34 armoured car with an older (wide) hull. Noteworthy is a longer roof before a turret, with a bullet trap. Absent are: a fuel tank under a bonnet, and floor wooden planks, so a chassis frame is visible inside. Note a fixed front of the bonnet in a variant with a dull nose, and a radiator tank under it. Visible are: a slanted steering wheel's shaft, and a muffler under the chassis (apparently absent is a drive shaft). Noteworthy is also a way of fenders' mountings (different, than in cars with a newer hull).



Armoured car wz.34 with an older hull, dull nose and a rectangular weapons' mounting. Later it was pushed from a road. One photo was described as Prymusowa WolaW (near OpocznoW), what would suggest the 33rd Armoured Unit. Note, that photos of an overturned car often appear in a wrong mirrored variant.



Interesting photos of a German-captured wz.34 armoured car, with an older hull, on non-standard wheels. It is not known, from where these wheels originated, and if it was Polish improvised modificaton, or German trial to put the car on wheels. A location is not known either (some palace?). The photos suggest, that this car was next utilized as a target by the Germans. Noteworthy is a small height of a crew's compartment, in comparison with German soldier. Single wheels with off-road tread definitely give the car more "combat" look.

Armoured car wz.34Another wz.34 car with an older hull pushed off from a road. German soldier holds a registration plate W05-278 (plates were carried inside only). The car has a triangle signalling flag on a turret. Trees look similar to Zamosc - Tomaszow LubelskiW road...

Armoured car wz.34Armoured car wz.34 with an older hull and a dull nose, MG-armed, destroyed in some town.

samochód wz.34Wz.34 armoured car with a newer hull, abandoned in some small railway station. The car has a provisional German crosses, but apparently was not used by them - other photos show, that it was stripped down in its place.

Wz.34 armoured car with a newer hull, according to some captions, in Warsaw. Cars in a background are German.

Wz.34 armoured car with an older hull, in an unidentified place. On right photo it has an outer rear wheel dismounted.


Most probably the same vehicle from a back.

On top and on the left, a wz.34 armoured car with an older hull, dull nose and a gun in an rectangular mounting, according to one caption - in Warsaw. The car was moved around an area on photos. It got a full set of German provisional markings, but as it is seen, was not used, but got stripped down.
The car is accompanied by other MG-armed wz.34 car and a tankette TKS (with an unofficial marking of a kid on a rocking horse), visible on photos below.

Wz.34 armoured car with an older hull and a dull nose, originally armed with a gun, knocked over to a ditch. According to captions, the place is ZambrówW (what would suggest the 31st Armoured Unit?). It is not sure, if the one in the ditch is the same vehicle, as standing on wheels, because both photos were in same albums. Moreover, standing vehicle has leaks on a side, which would indicate, that it had already laid on a side, and then was put back on wheels again, but on a right photo the car has no wheels, so it would have to be deprived of wheels and overturned again... On earlier photos, the standing armoured car had an atypical tactical sign of clubs, on a square plate attached to the right side.



Zdobyty samochód wz.34 Zdobyty samochód wz.34 Zdobyty samochód wz.34
Poor quality, nevertheless interesting photos of a platoon of three wz.34 armoured cars with older hulls, captured and used by the Germans for some time. The cars differ with a shape and placement of provisional identification white crosses. On upper right photo there is a gun-armed car, the same as in a middle on upper left photo.
  The car on a lower right photo was apparently armed with a German machine gun (MG34?), it also differ from the others having a "sharp" nose (this car probably appears at the end of a column on upper left photo and on both photos at a bottom).

Zdobyty samochód wz.34One of German-captured armoured cars from upper photos, seen from a back.




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