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Post war

Information about what goes on after the war is scarce and in Czech. The production of the sWS reportedly goes on for years at the Tatra factory. The post-war vehicles have the huge air cooled 10 liter V8 Tatra diesel. The Czechoslovakian army reportedly uses both wartime and post-war vehicles. Numbers are no known to me.

Two concepts to replace the sWS seem to have been suggested. A peculiar photo seems to show a standard sWS, that has an armored bonnet in the back in the unedited version. (Bart Vanderveen's, Olyslager halftrackbook). The edited version (without the armored bonnet) is usually called T809 prototype. It could link to other information: In 1953 an sWS is equipped with a 12 cylinder 140 hp diesel. It serves as a prototype for the T 809 that appears in 1955. Only a small test series is produced. Reportedly there is a difference in the cab and the height of the cargo boards. A second variant turned up recently in one of the Czech sites, a Famo with a twist.

No survivors are known, so reports Duncan at tanksforsale from his connections in the Czech Republic. (Among them the curators of the Lesany National Military museum) Thanks Duncan!

T 809 Specifications

Payload:8 ton
ground presure:0.6 kp/cm2
Tatra specifications sheet (in Czech)

Unedited proto photo Edited photo T809 Alternative T809 Drawing T809 3/4 view Field test Field test Field test
New picture of the vehicle
Manual-factory picture The proto with the low headlights Chassis view of the
low headlight proto


Original sources

  • www.tatraportal.sk, Overal Tatra site
    (added: 2008-01-12 - last checked: 2009-06-28)
  • www.tatra.infomorava.cz, But gone

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