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This is a list of armoured fighting vehicles developed during the interwar years between the end of the First World War (1918) and the start of the Second World War (1939). There is some overlap with tanks that actually served in the early part of the Second World War. See also history of the tank, list of armoured fighting vehicles.



Armoured cars and tanketts


China purchased several hundred armoured combat vehicles during the 1930s. The exact model and numbers are difficult to obtain, please see this article for more info.

Some of China's armoured fighting vehicles in 1930s:

  • Carden Loyd M1931 Amphibious Tank - 29 purchased in 1935
  • Carden Loyd M1936 - Light 2 man tank, 4 purchased in 1936
  • Renault FT-17 - Approx. 100+ purchased from Poland and France in 1920s & 1930s
  • CV-33 - Italian tankettes purchased in 1936, numbers disputed (20-100)
  • Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf. A - 10 purchased from Germany in 1930s
  • Carden Loyd tankette Mk IV - Armoured Vickers MG carrier, 24 purchased in 1929
  • Universal Carrier
  • T-26 - Licensed copy of British Vickers 6-ton Tank, ~88 were purchased from Soviets in 1938
  • BA-6 - Armoured car purchased from Soviet Union, armed with 45 mm gun turret






Soviet Union

At the end of the Russian Civil War, Soviet Russia had a stock of imported Mark V (called Rikardo, after the Ricardo engine), Whippet (Tyeilor, after the Tylor engine), and Renault FT (Reno) tanks, and an assortment armoured trains.

By the time of the German invasion on June 22, 1941, the Soviets had already fielded 222 T-40 light amphibious tanks, 967 T-34 medium tanks and 508 KV-1 and KV-2 heavy tanks.

Light armoured cars

Heavy armoured cars



Small amphibious tanks

Light tanks

Flame-throwing and engineer tanks

  • ST-26 engineer tank
  • OT-26 flame tank
  • OT-130 flame tank
  • KhT-26
  • KhT-130
  • KhT-133

Medium tanks

Heavy tanks

Self-propelled guns

Most of these were manufactured in very small numbers

  • SU-12 76.2mm gun truck
  • T-26A artillery support tank
  • BT-7A artillery support tank
  • 4M quad 7.62mm Maxim anti-aircraft truck
  • YaG-10 76.2mm anti-aircraft truck
  • ZiS-42 25mm anti-aircraft truck


United Kingdom

Armoured cars



Self-propelled guns

  • Birch Gun

United States


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