Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Australian Mechanization in the 1930's
In 1928, Australia had ordered 5 British medium tanks (something like the Medium Mk.II). They did nothing else until 1935, when they finally ordered eleven Lt.Mk.VIA tanks. They did not arrive until 1937, when Australia followed with an order for 24 more tanks. During the 1930's, they also built some Australian designed armoured cars. These were in use by the outbreak of war in 1939. The Australian divisional cavalry regiments sent to the Middle East ended up being equipped with a hodgepodge of equipment, everything from Italian M11/39 and M13/40 tanks, French R35's, and a variety of British and eventually, American-built tanks (the Honeys).