The Italian [[Regio Esercito|Royal Army]] (''[[Regio Esercito]]'') equipped three armoured divisions and three "fast" (''celere'') divisions with [[L3/33]] and [[L3/35]] tankettes. L3s were used in large numbers during the [[Italian invasion of Ethiopia]], the [[Spanish Civil War]], and almost every place Italian soldiers fought during [[World War II]]. L3s even went with the [[Italian Expeditionary Corps in Russia]] (''Corpo di Spedizione Italiano'', or CSIR) as late as [[Operation Barbarossa]].
The French Armoured Reconnaissance type of the 1930s (''Automitrailleuses de Reconnaissance'', "machine-gun scout") was essentially a tankette in form, but specifically intended for scouting ahead of the main force.
The [[ Imperial Japanese Army]] became one of the most prolific users of tankettes, producing a number of designs useful for [[ jungle warfare]]. However, by the time of the Second World War, many were already obsolete or were found to be unsuccessful in their appointed task. Many ended up being relegated to tractor duties for artillery or logistics units.<ref name="T27"/><ref>[http://www.lonesentry.com/articles/jp_tankette/index.html U.S. Forces Encounter Old Jap Tankette] (from ''[[Intelligence Bulletin]]'', September 1945, via lonesentry.com. Retrieved 2008-01-06.)</ref>
The concept was later abandoned due to limited usefulness and vulnerability to [[Anti-tank warfare|anti-tank weapons]] and even machine guns, and the role of the tankette was largely taken over by [[Armored car (military)|armoured car]]s. However, in the [[Vietnam War]] the US Army employed the similar, somewhat larger, [[M50 Ontos]], with respectable success.
Tahun 1990-an menyaksikan kebangkitan konsep yang sama dengan pengeluaran [[Wiesel 1| Wiesel]] dari Jerman [[Bundeswehr]] yang diperkenalkan untuk membekalkan tentera bawaan udara dengan keupayaan peninjauan berperisai, <ref>[http://www.rheinmetall-detec.de/index.php?fid=1398&lang=3&pdb=1 Wiesel 1] (product website from the [[Rheinmetall]] manufacturer website. Accessed 2008-05-29.)</ref> fungsi yang telah diuji oleh [[T-27]] Soviet dalam [[Perang Dunia II]].<ref name="T27"/> Walau bagaimanapun, istilah semasa [[Perang Dunia Kedua]] "kereta kebal kecil" tidak digunakan untuk kenderaan-kenderaan moden (mereka dipanggil "pembawa senjata berperisai" oleh [[Bundeswehr]]), sungguhpun mereka memenuhi takrifan kereta kebal kecil.