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modified: Nov 10, 2012

T-23 was a Soviet tankette that originated from the Lilliput project.

Lilliput was a project by the Zaslavskiy Tank Bureau and engineers of the Bolshevik Factory to mount a 37mm regimental gun on the T-16 chassis. There were four designs with the factory designations L-1, L-2, L-3, and L-4. L-1 and L-2 were cut at the paper stage. The L-3, also called the T-17, was a derivative of the T-18 armed with only one machine-gun. It was decided that L-3 was unsuitable for service and it was dropped. Work on the L-4, which was designated the T-21, began in 1929. However development stopped because a single crewman can not drive and operate the vehicle's guns simultaneously. The tank was modified for two crewmen and re-designated the T-23.

References: STCV