tactical directives for the deployment of
armoured car squadrons were laid down in november
1936 in the Pantserwagen Reglement deel II,
'Het Gevecht', no. 139b. (Armoured Car
Regulations, part II, 'The Combat', nr. 139b). It
states the following on characteristics and tasks
of armoured cars:
- due to their high speed and
large work area they can act swiftly and
suddenly even over large distances of
their own main troops.
- the armour enables them to
get close to the enemy despite gun- and
machine gun fire, then fire at them with
cannons and machine guns and after that
easily move free from the battle.
- by surprise they can cause
heavy losses to the enemies flank and
back and break through any barricades
they encounter on their marching route.
- on the battlefield immobile
armoured cars are easy targets voor enemy
artillery and anti-tankweapons
- armoured cars do not lend
themselves to the passive defence of
specific areas. Their defensive power is
limited to the slowing down of the
enemies advance by firing from successive
- the above mentioned
characteristics especially enables the
armoured cars to make reconnaisances and
maintain security in direct cooperation
with cavalry and cyclists.
- in battle they render
important services by giving, in direct
cooperation with other weapons, powerfull
material and moral support.
part of the Light Brigade an armoured car
squadron could be deployed:
- as an independent unit
- incorporated in one of the
units of the Light Brigade
- incorporated in the
as a squadron the commander determines the
composition of the squadron. As a rule one
platoon was used to cover the van- or rearguard
or the flank. The distance between them generally
did not exceed 5 kilometers.
composition and armoured car crew
|Addition 1 ,
Pantserwagen Reglement, deel II 'Het
Gevecht', voorschrift no. 139b, KMA
The platoon commander/car
commander was a luitenant.
of an armoured car consisted of 5 men:
- one car commander / sergeant
- one corporal
- 3 hussars
These 5 men performed the following tasks:
- the commander, also the cannon loader
- the aimer, aiming and firing weapons in the
gunturret and loading the machineguns
- the driver/chauffeur
- the gunner, serving the machine gun in the bow
- the driver/gunner, driving backwards and
serving the machine gun in the back
The crew of the 1st and 2nd platoon of the 2e E.
Paw. gave themselves the stout nickname 'Pantserknotsen'.
M38 command car with complete
Uniforms and emblems
Despite other recommendations of cavalry
officer H. Wilbrenninck, in June 1936 the
uniform for the crew of the armoured cars
was determined as that of a hussar:
greygreen fieldjacket and riding breeches
(but without the normal black leather
seat), no busby but a sidecap and a
The armoured car crew was also issued
with a blue overall with brown leather
belt. Officers wore a darker blue
overalls with the Sam Browne belt and a
dark blue service cap (without offical
In the armoured car the crew usually wore
the riding breeches and a jersey under
made to issue the crew with a leather helmet -
type pilot/observer - but this fell through. If
necessary the model steel helmet (M34) was worn.
The hussars spurs were not actually worn in the
armoured car, but they did take them with them.
The crew were personally armed with the pistol
M25. Before war broke out they were also issued
with a dagger 'stormdolk' .
Small armoured cars were worn as unit emblems on
the collar of the fieldjacket:
for corporals and hussars
for corporals and hussars since spring
for subaltern officers
for officers and adjutants