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Tatra T-111 6x6  
The heavy terrain truck Tatra T-111 with all wheels drive and the capacity 6 tons in the rerrain is the same legend as Praga V3S. The development and production began in 1942 for the needs of the German Wehrmacht on the Eastern front and also for Rommel's Afrikakorps because the terrain and the magnitude of the territory of these two fighting areas was only hardly covered by the contemporary German trucks. The original name of these trucks was Tatra 6500/111. The cabin of these vehicles was made of wood and fibre owing to the shortage of deep-drawing sheet in the second half of WWII. The total number of of the "111"s made for the German army is given as 1445 pieces.

Afrer the war Tatra renovates the production and the army has a chance to get a real high quality heavy truck, but the economic interests and the supplies for the Soviet Union and the needs of the state economy destroyed by the war have preference. Moreover up to the year 1952 they are produced in single pieces and their number in the army is small. Since 1953 began the serial mass production of the innovated type of Tatra T-111R with all-metal driver's cabin with the front windows in a negative slant, shortened platform, and with a case for tools. Thus the army finally gets cars in numbers which it needs. Shortly afrerwards follows the production of the most common type in the army, Tatra T-111N, a cargo truck with a winch and other smaller innovations. Innovated was also the driver's cabin. It got a round roof hatch on the side of the co-driver.The production of the "111"s was finished in 1962.

The army used T-111 for transport of heavy loads and for towing heavy guns calibre 152mm or heavy antiaircraft cannons calibre 88mm and 85mm. After introducing 100mm antitank cannons vz.53 these vehicles were their first tractors. Very common was also the tanker T-111C. Sapper units had a great help in Tatra T-111. It helped transport parts of bridge constructions and together with autocranes T-111/K32 with a maximum load of 3 tons, excavators and tilting trunks T-111S formed the backbone of these formations in the sixties. For example for the transport of one middle bridge set SMS were needed 33 cars T-111 carrying bridge parts, of which 9 moreover pulled two-wheel under-carriages with motor boats. To these belonged also 3 autocranes T-111/K32, 36 vehicles P-V3S carrying pontons with accessories, 3 tankers P-V3S C, and all that was completed with 4 amphibious GAZ-46 and three motorcycles JAWA 350. Altogether the whole shifting column was 3,2 km long. Little known and little used was the house body version for workshop provision in the field.

From the T-111 was developed the puller of big-size loads Tatra T-141B 6x6, produced between 1957-1969 first in the Koprivnice plant and later the production was transferred to Banovce nad Bebravou in Slovakia. A characteristic feature of this vehicle was a double cab and a short load space. Although the puller was able to pull a load weighting 100 tons, the transport of tanks in this way was not very common in the sixties. The most common load were heavy bulldozers, but also the first tactical rocket carriers of nuclear weapons R-30 (FROG 3) in CSLA. The T-141B also served for towing the low-bed trailer PM-34 with a reserve bridge for the bridge tank MT-34. This tractor was also an integral part of the equipment of military airfields, from which the airplanes MIG-19, MIG-21 F, Il-28 or transport Il-14 operated. Here the T-141B manipulated with these machines along the airfield surface.

The absence of military trucks with a maximum load of 3 tons in the fifties was being solved by an attempt to relieve the Tatra T-111 in the version 4x4 and so, in December 1951, began the serial production of the type Tatra T-128 4x4 with a maximum load 3t. But in the end of 1952 the production, after reaching 4060 pieces, was finished as the vehicle was too heavy and therefore it's transit in a weekly bearable terrain was weak. Although this type was not very successful, the army used the cargo version (to transport men and loads and to tow lighter guns), the fuel tanker and the house body version for workshop and command use. On several pieces T-128 the first rocket launchers vz.51 calibre 130 mm were also mounted. But the Tatra T-128 had a relatively short time of service in the CSLA and after the coming of Praga V3S it was completely discarded from the service.

The use of Tatra 111 in foreign armies is not known to us exept the case of the tank version T-111C which, in 1957, got to Yemen together with the delivery of training aircraft. The version of the towing vehicle T141B obtain NVA ( Nationale Volksarmee ) of East Germany in the 1956 and the lasts of them were in service up to the 1969. Cargo version were used by Syrian army on Golan Heights in 1967.
Tatra T-111N Tatra T-111N Tatra T-111N Tatra T-111N + T-138 AV-8 Tatra T-111C Tatra T-141B
Tatra T-128N Tatra T-128C TatraT-138 AV-8 + T-111N Tatra T-141B Tatra T-111N Tatra T-111N
Tatra T-111R Tatra T-111N Tatra T-128C Tatra T-111 Tatra T-111 Tatra T-111
Tatra T-128 Tatra T-128 Tatra T-141B Tatra T-111R Tatra T-111C Tatra T-111C
Tatra T-111 Tatra T-111HSC-4 Tatra T-111HSC-4 Tatra T-111D-030 Tatra T-111N Tatra T-111N
Tatra T-111N Tatra T-111N Tatra T-111N Tatra T-111R Tatra T-111R Tatra T-128
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