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The 40M Nimród was a self-propelled gun that was used by Hungary during World War II.

Description

Powered by a Büssing Nag VIII engine that was capable of propelling it at speeds of up to 35 km/h, the 40M had a crew of five men, and armament consisting of a single 40 mm Bofors AA gun and a secondary 8 mm machine gun to defend against infantry.[1]At first the 40M was used against tanks, but the light armament meant that it was ineffective, and relegated to supporting infantry by defending against aircraft and light vehicles, such as trucks or armored cars. When used in this role, it was more effective and relatively successful.

The total weight of the 40M system was about 10,500 kilograms while its total length was 5.2 meters.[2] Armor protection for the crew of the Nimród varied from 13 mm to 28 mm but was generally in between. The vehicle had a maximum range of around 482 kilometers.

History

First developed in 1937, the 40M was based on of an earlier Swedish design, that met the demands made by the Italian Armed Forces. Development continued for two years and it was first tested for service in 1939.

After a few improvements were made to the vehicle, production officially commenced in 1940. In total, about 135 models were produced during the whole war and, even after Hungary capitulated, Germany had confiscated, in a similar fashion to what had happened in Italy, Hungary's armored vehicles, including the Nimród. It was used until the end of the war and was not adopted by other armies. 

References

  1. http://ww2drawings.jexiste.fr/Files/1-Vehicles/Axis/4-Others/02-Hungary/01-Tanks/04-SPG/Data/Nimrod.htm
  2. http://mailer.fsu.edu/~akirk/tanks/hun/Hungary.html


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