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Sumida M.2593

CountryJapan
ManufacturerIshikawajima Motor Works
Primary RoleArmored Car

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ww2dbaseDesign by the Sumiya firm and produced by the Ishikawajima Motor Works factory, forerunners of the modern day firm Isuzu Motors Ltd., the Sumida M.2593 armored car entered Japanese military service in 1933. The design was distinctive in that they could operate on either six road wheels or six flanged railway wheels (adjustable for different rail gauges), each vehicle featuring built-in jacks to assist in rapidly (about 15 to 20 minutes) switching between the two modes of transportation. They had a top speed of about 40 kilometers per hour on the road; on rail tracks, the top speed was increased to about 60 kilometers per hour. They saw extensive use in the Japanese-sponsored puppet state Manchukuo in northeastern China, which had a good rail network. They continued to see use after full scale war with China broke out in Jul 1937. A total of 1,000 examples were put into service. The Japanese Army designated these vehicles as Type 91; those in Army service were generally distinguishable by the six circular racks on the side of the armored car, for holding the road tires when the vehicle was traveling on rails. The Japanese Navy designated them as Sumida Model P; these naval vehicles were rarely seen with the circular racks.

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Last Major Revision: Feb 2024

SPECIFICATIONS

M.2593
MachineryOne 4cyl gasoline engine rated at 45hp
SuspensionWheeled
Armament1x6.5mm or 1x7.7mm machine gun, slits for internal small arms
Armor8mm to 16mm front
Crew6
Length6.57 m
Width1.90 m
Height2.95 m
Weight7.7 t
Speed40 km/h
Range241 km

Photographs

Two Sumida M.2593 (Army Type 91) armored cars hooked in tandem on rail tracks, 1933Sumida M.2593 (Army Type 91) armored car leading another vehicle across a railway bridge, circa 1930s
See all 8 photographs of Sumida M.2593 Armored Car



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Two Sumida M.2593 (Army Type 91) armored cars hooked in tandem on rail tracks, 1933Sumida M.2593 (Army Type 91) armored car leading another vehicle across a railway bridge, circa 1930s
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