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Posted: November 19, 2014 09:01 pm
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It is said that a company Tatra cars took refuge in Romania, in/after March 1939. Could it be possible for the photo to be taken in a Romanian border city, during/after that? Could the uniform/licence plate be Czechoslovakian?
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Posted: November 21, 2014 09:01 am
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Following the Hungarian annexation of Ruthenia from the Slovak Republic in March 1939, several Slovak military formations chose internment in neighboring Romania over capture, their equipment subsequently being impressed into Romanian service. Among this loot were nine Tatra OA vz.30 armoured cars.

Details on their service in Romanian hands are limited and somewhat conflicting; Axworthy suggests they served with Army reconnaissance detachments though for how long is not known.
Zaloga's article on Romanian armour has these vehicles assigned to the Beterie Garda al Conducator [perhaps a variant designation for the Conducator's Bodyguard Regiment], performing security patrols in Bucharest until 1944.
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Posted: November 23, 2014 03:11 pm
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I have one foto in my collection with one such car serving at the Center of Moto Mechanised Instruction.
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Posted: November 25, 2014 02:08 am
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QUOTE (nox @ November 21, 2014 04:01 am)
Following the Hungarian annexation of Ruthenia from the Slovak Republic in March 1939, several Slovak military formations chose internment in neighboring Romania over capture, their equipment subsequently being impressed into Romanian service. Among this loot were nine Tatra OA vz.30 armoured cars.

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If those Czech or Slovak men voluntarily crossed the border to Romania to avoid capture by German or Hungarian military units, you cannot name a "loot" the usage of their equipment by the Romanians.
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Posted: November 29, 2014 12:00 pm
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QUOTE (Florin @ November 25, 2014 02:08 am)
QUOTE (nox @ November 21, 2014 04:01 am)
Following the Hungarian annexation of Ruthenia from the Slovak Republic in March 1939, several Slovak military formations chose internment in neighboring Romania over capture, their equipment subsequently being impressed into Romanian service. Among this loot were nine Tatra OA vz.30 armoured cars.

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If those Czech or Slovak men voluntarily crossed the border to Romania to avoid capture by German or Hungarian military units, you cannot name a "loot" the usage of their equipment by the Romanians.


Absolutely, good point!
They did, actualy, they took refuge in Romania handing over their machines ane weaponry. Where is the looting part in all that?
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Posted: November 30, 2014 03:14 pm
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QUOTE (Dénes @ November 19, 2014 08:43 pm)
I found it on eBay.
Here is a close-up photo:

(IMG:http://i59.tinypic.com/25heomp.jpg)

Is the licence plate Rumanian?

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Yes, the licence plate seems Romanian. The period is from pre-1942. Up until then the license plates of the two tank regiments went up to 010500 and 011000 respectively. It makes sense to have the
the Tatra armored cars with licence plates over 011000 since apparently they were not assigned to the 1st Armored Division. In 1942, the licence plates numbering system changed.

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Posted: November 30, 2014 09:10 pm
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Thanks, Victor. Great info.

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