US Tankette M1898
From our upcoming book, ‘Ground Vehicles of the Worlds: 1905’:
Designed in 1898 by J. Walter Christie, the M1898 Tankette carries a 5 barrel 37mm Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon. It served in several key battles of the Second Hive War.
During the 1st International Relief Force, the Tankette formed the core of a quick reaction force organized to help defend Porto Alegre. They served well, and their speed and heavy guns saved the defensive lines several times. However, attrition and mechanical losses gradually reduced the number of functional tankettes.
Four tankettes were provided to the 5th IRF (September 1900) landing force. However, heavy resistance from flying Hive creatures prevented them from being landed. It played a critical role in the Battle of Panama during the La Mesa Charge where its heavy rapid-fire gun was able to counter all but the largest Hive creatures.
The Tankette is powered by a 6-cylinder 6.6L internal combustion engine and can reach speeds of 42km/hr. Between 6-16 mm of Krupp-style armor offers excellent protection for a vehicle of its size.