Tano-V Light Tank
|Tano V Light Tank|
|Crew||3 (driver, commamnder/gunner, loader)|
|Armour and armament|
|Main armament||38mm gun|
|Power plant|| Imatu Type B-IX 8cyl. diesel |
The Tano-V was an Inutolander light tank from the 1930s, which continued in service during the early years of the Second World War. The Tano series of light tanks was named after the war god of the Inuto pantheon, and was for a while the main series of tanks produced in Inutoland, due to the constraints of the Inutolander environment. Inner Inutoland is a dense, waterlogged equatorial rainforest, and the heavy tanks of the time (and even many medium tanks) frequently became so bogged down as to be virtually useless.
Inutoland thus turned to light tanks, arming them with considerably heavier primary armaments than was customary in most other nations at the time, and deployed them to great effect even in some of its most impenetrable environments.
The Tano-V was actually the fourth production tank of the Tano series due to the cancellation of the 20-tonne Tano-IV in 1929. It was armed with a 38mm cannon, with provision for a 6.33mm machine gun as a turret-mounted "commander's weapon", though in practice it was not often fitted due to the commander's double role as main gunner.
The Mark V tank of the Tano series entered service in 1932, replacing the older Tano-III design of the 1920s. Its 50mm steel armour was heavier than many other nations' light tank armour, but the Tano series were Inutoland's "Main Battle Tanks", before the concept had entered armoured vehicle vocabulary.
The Tano-V spawned a flamethrower-armed variant, designated Tano-VI. Both the Tano-V and the Tano-VI were still in service at the outbreak of hostilities in 1940.
By the end of the war, however, the Tano-V's underpowered main armament had been rendered completely ineffective by improvements in armour technology, and even the upgunned Tano-VII was being outclassed. The Tano-V was kept in service for use in a scouting role, and the handful of units remaining at the end of the war were decommissioned.
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