The Tortuga Tank
The Tortuga tank is Venezuela's first indigenously designed and built tank. Despite its esoteric name, the tank was actually built on the chassis of a commercial truck and was intended as much for intimidation as it was for combat. This article provides a brief history of the vehicle and its origins.
Tortuga tank was Venezuela's first indigenously designed and built tank
The Tortuga tank was Venezuela's first locally designed and built tank, and it served as a deterrent against its Colombian neighbors. It had a six-wheel configuration and two rear wheels linked together by treads. It was armed with armor plates, and Venezuela hoped to use it to deter Colombia from aggressive action. Its service life was brief, and it probably never saw active combat.
It was a half-tracked-armored car
The Tortuga tank was a half-tracked-armored car that was designed and built in Venezuela in the 1930s. Its odd-faceted shape was a result of the country's inability to cast steel in large enough quantities. The turret housed a 7-mm Mark 4B machine gun. It was also known for its poor ventilation and large size.
It was designed as much for intimidation as for war
The Tortuga tank was developed in Venezuela in the 1930s to intimidate its neighbor Colombia. It was equipped with a 7-mm Mark 4B machine gun and was mounted on a Ford truck chassis. While it had little actual tactical value, it was assumed that it would be useful enough to deter the Colombian army.
It had a six-wheel configuration
The Tortuga tank was the first tank to be designed and produced in Venezuela. Named after the turtle-shell shape, the tank was originally developed by the Venezuelan government to intimidate its neighbors. In the 1930s, few armored vehicles existed in South America, and tank technology had only recently been developed in Europe. The tank was indigenously developed at the Puerto Cabello shipyard in Venezuela, which had experience in adapting flatbed trucks for various purposes.