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M39 Pantserwagen



Country of Origin/Used by: The Netherlands and Germany
First Produced/Service Dates: 1939
Manufactured by: DAF- Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek (Now DAF Trucks)
Crew: 5
Armament: Main: 37mm Cannon; Coaxial: (1) 7.9mm M20 Light Machine Gun; Front Hull: (1) 7.9mm LMG; Rear Hull: (1) 7.9mm LMG
Engine: 8 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info:

The pilot model of the M39, the “Pantrado 3” (PT-3) was standardized after trials as the Pantserwagen M39 (Armored Car, Model 1939).  Twelve vehicles were ordered by the Dutch military, but only seven (7) cars were completed by the time the Netherlands were invaded in May 1940.  However, the vehicles were not even fully integrated into combat units by that time and only fought on a limited scale.  There are also conflicting reports that two (2) of the incomplete vehicles were pressed into service by the Germans during the invasion. Regardless, after the Dutch occupation the Germans did utilize the vehicles (some of them upgraded) as the Panzerspähwagen DAF 201 (h), until gradually losing them all on the Eastern Front.

Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
M39 Pantserwagen Photos Dave Haugh - Content Editor

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
“The Dutch Pantserwagen M39 Armored Car” (Issue 15 of the Armored Car Journal) Raymond Surlemont
M39 Pantserwagen Information & Photos Tank Encyclopedia.com
M39 Pantserwagen Line Drawings The Blue-Prints.com


Reference Author
AFV Plans: 1914-1938 Armored Fighting Vehicles (Stackpole Books) George Bradford
Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Captured Armored Cars and Other Vehicles In Wehrmacht Service in World War 2 Werner Regenberg
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert Icks

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Pantserwagen DAF M39 Model Kit (35064) MR Models 1/35 Multi-Media.  Reworked release.
Pantserwagen DAF M39 Model Kit (R073) Retrokit 1/72 Resin.  Out of Production.
DAF M39 Armored Car Model Kit (135-015) Scale-Line 1/35 Resin.
Pantserwagen DAF M39 Model Kit (R073) Wespe Models 1/72 Resin. Ex-Retrokit model.
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information

Model Photos

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