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Czech Skoda in the pre-war and war years

Most people know the famous Czech brand Skoda as a benchmark for high-quality cars. In particular, the company, which produced those same cars, for many years was considered the best in quality throughout the space of the so-called "social camp".

Czech Skoda in the pre-war and war years

However, not everyone knows that there were times with Czech manufacturers, when they had to retrain in the manufacturers of military equipment. Amazing but in stories this Czech factory has a page when the light came off the assembly line Tanks Skoda LT vz35. Such products began to go into mass production in the mid 30s of the last century. Until the end of the 30s, about 3 hundred tanks that had been designed by another enterprise went off the assembly lines of a plant in the Czech Republic. The designer of LT vz35 was the company ChKD (Czech Republic). The only thing on these tanks that was from the project to the "Skoda" embodiment was the 35 mm cannon. By a bitter irony of fate, these Czech light tanks were destined to join the Wehrmacht's tank divisions. However, in the long term, such use has not been embodied. After the failure that befell the Nazi troops near Moscow, they no longer resorted to using LT vz35.

If today many people on hearing such Czech models as Skoda Fabia, Octavia and a number of other "civilian" cars, then in the thirties of the 20th century Skoda plant specialists worked on the creation of military tractors and gas-generating trucks. In addition, the company in the Czech Republic created SUVs for the German army. Such production went on for almost 10 years, but after the allied aviation It undertook a massive bombardment of the enterprise’s production facilities, the production of equipment for the German army had to be stopped for objective reasons. Most of the factory floors lay in ruins. However, this did not prevent Czech industry from reviving at the end of World War II. In a short time, including, and not without support from the USSR, automobile production was revived in Czechoslovakia. Soviet financial injections, one might say, went unnoticed by the Czechs themselves. However, it was these injections that became the most significant in the revival of the automobile industry, which was subsequently destined to become the flagship of Eastern Europe in terms of auto production on a large scale. Therefore, we can say with some pride that Czech production owes much to the means of Soviet taxpayers.

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  1. wulf66
    wulf66 14 May 2012 10: 42
    For all the time the German troops were in Czechoslovakia, not a single case of sabotage was noted at the factories.
    1. Vadivak
      Vadivak 14 May 2012 14: 28
      Quote: wulf66
      not a single case of sabotage was noted.

      Czech production owes much to Soviet taxpayers


      This love of the Nazis smoldered for a long time and flared up with renewed vigor in 1968, so to say thanks for your infusions. The Czechs are generally lovers of shit, at 18 not keeping their word they sided with the counterrevolutionaries, against the Germans at 37 they didn’t even jerk, although they were stronger
  2. Rjn
    Rjn 14 May 2012 10: 54
    The gun, in fact, was 37 mm. And regarding the use in the Wehrmacht, it would be better to talk about 38 (t)
  3. Yoshkin Kot
    Yoshkin Kot 14 May 2012 11: 37
    n-dya, while our grandfathers were dying, they plowed quietly, and put forward some other complaints, oh and Dzhugashvilli was kind, to them, but to the Baltic states
    1. Vadivak
      Vadivak 14 May 2012 15: 03
      Quote: Yoshkin Cat
      and some other claims put forward,

      And what do you want, Russian immigrants, invaders, and your Nazis your European
  4. schta
    schta 14 May 2012 11: 48
    I remember there were quite good towed howitzers and Skoda field guns in the first and at the beginning of the second world war. (this is except for tanks laughing )
    1. Vadivak
      Vadivak 14 May 2012 14: 29
      Quote: a
      Czech models like Skoda Fabia, Octavia

      What is Czech in them? Deutsch Volkswagen

  5. Chicot 1
    Chicot 1 14 May 2012 19: 48
    In any case, the Czechs have always been able to make quite high-quality and reliable equipment. Including the military ... Whether we like it or not, however, this is an indisputable fact ...
    At the time of the 1930s. Czechoslovakia had the most developed heavy industry in Europe. This was one of the main reasons why Hitler, starting a large-scale war, first of all tried to get his hands on it. He needed a serious industrial base ...

    And for lovers of tank art, the LT vz35 in German coloring ...
  6. loft79
    loft79 14 May 2012 22: 20
    In addition, they made machine guns for the Fritz ZB vz.30 and others. And 35 (t) and 38 (t) were good boxes, but they were already outdated to the Second World War. (Do not compare with Italians, but with the Fritz and the Soviets).

    In the service of the Wehrmacht
  7. warrior
    warrior 14 May 2012 23: 19
    Do not forget, too, that the British Bren (Brno Enfild) is also their development. And the last Bren war is the Falkland showdown.