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SOMUA MCG
The SOMUA MCG
SOMUA MCG
was a half-track artillery tractor and recovery vehicle of the French forces during World War II. Manufactured by the Somua
Somua
company it was used to tow medium artillery pieces such as the 155 mm mle 1917 howitzer and the 105 mm mle 1936 field gun, as well as their specific ammunition trailers. Of this main version 345 were produced: 264 until 1 September 1939 and another 81 until the end of May. There was also a recovery version, fitted with a crane, to recover broken-down tanks, of which about 440 were produced.Contents1 Foreign use 2 Gallery 3 See also 4 References 5 BibliographyForeign use[edit] After France
France
surrender, many Somua
Somua
MCG and MCL halftracks were captured by the Germans and put to use in the German army. Some were used as artillery tractors
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Musée Des Blindés
The Musée des Blindés
Musée des Blindés
("Museum of Armoured Vehicles") or Musée Général Estienne is a tank museum located in the Loire Valley
Loire Valley
of France, in the town of Saumur. It is now one of the world's largest tank museums. It began in 1977 under the leadership of Colonel Michel Aubry, who convinced both the French military hierarchy and the local political authorities. Started 35 years ago with only a few hundred tracked vehicles, it has become a world-class collection which attracts visitors interested in the history of multinational tank development as well as professional armor specialists
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Cavalry Tanks
The cruiser tank (also called cavalry tank or fast tank) was a British tank concept of the interwar period for tanks designed to function as modernised armoured and mechanised cavalry. Cruiser
Cruiser
tanks were developed after the Royal Armoured Corps
Royal Armoured Corps
were not satisfied with many of the medium tank designs of the 1930s. The cruiser tank concept was conceived by Giffard Le Quesne Martel, who preferred many small light tanks to swarm the enemy, instead of a few expensive medium tanks. There were two main types of cruiser tanks, "light" cruiser tanks and "heavy" cruiser tanks
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AMR 33
The Automitrailleuse de Reconnaissance Renault
Renault
Modèle 1933 ( AMR 33
AMR 33
or Renault
Renault
VM) was a French light cavalry tank developed during the Interbellum
Interbellum
and used in the Second World War. Developed by Renault
Renault
from 1932, the type was ordered by the French Cavalry in 1933; a total of 123 would be built until 1935. The AMR 33 was lightly armed and armoured; though it was very fast for its day, it proved to be a mechanically unreliable vehicle, especially its suspension elements which were too weak. It was therefore succeeded by an improved type, the AMR 35. Though its name might suggest otherwise, the AMR 33
AMR 33
was not a scout vehicle and mostly was not equipped with a radio set. The AMR 33s were intended to form a large mass of light tanks, preceding the medium types into battle
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AMR 35
The Automitrailleuse de Reconnaissance Renault
Renault
Modèle 35 Type ZT (AMR 35 or Renault
Renault
ZT) was a French light tank developed during the Interbellum
Interbellum
and used in the Second World War. It was not intended to reconnoitre and report as its name suggests but was a light armoured combat vehicle, mostly without a radio and used as a support tank for the mechanised infantry. The AMR 35
AMR 35
originated from a project in 1933 to improve the earlier AMR 33
AMR 33
by moving the engine from the front to the back. In 1934 also a stronger suspension was fitted and the type was chosen to replace the AMR 33
AMR 33
on the production lines that year. Three orders were made by the French Cavalry of in total two hundred vehicles in five versions, including two machine-gun tanks, two tank destroyer types and a command tank
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FCM 36
The FCM 36
FCM 36
or Char léger Modèle 1936 FCM, was a light infantry tank that was designed for the French Army prior to World War II. It had a crew of two and was equipped with a short 37 mm main armament and a 7.5 mm coaxial machine gun. Power was provided by a diesel engine.Contents1 Development 2 Production 3 Description 4 Operational history4.1 German use5 References 6 Further reading 7 External linksDevelopment[edit] In 1933 the Hotchkiss company proposed to build a cheap mass-produced light infantry tank. In reaction to this proposal the French Army invited the whole of French industry to offer alternative designs
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Hotchkiss H35
The Hotchkiss H35
Hotchkiss H35
or Char léger modèle 1935 H was a French cavalry tank developed prior to World War II. Despite having been designed from 1933 as a rather slow but well-armoured light infantry support tank, the type was initially rejected by the French Infantry because it proved difficult to steer while driving cross-country, and was instead adopted in 1936 by the French Cavalry. From 1938 an improved version was produced with a stronger engine, the Char léger modèle 1935 H modifié 39, which from 1940 was also fitted with a longer, more powerful 37 mm gun
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Renault R35
 France  Romania  Poland  Turkey  Israel  Kingdom of Yugoslavia  Nazi Germany  Italy  Bulgaria   Switzerland  Syria  LebanonWars Second World War 1948 Arab–Israeli WarProduction historyDesigned 1934Manufacturer RenaultProduced 1936–1940No. built R 35: 1,540 "R 40": 145 approx.SpecificationsWeight 10.6 metric tonsLength 4.02 m (13 ft 2 in)Width 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)Height 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in)Crew 2 [1]Armour 43 mmMain armament37 mm L/21 SA 18 gunSecondary armament7.5 mm MAC31 Reibel machine gun
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Renault R40
The Renault R40 or Char léger modèle 1935 R modifié 1939 was a French light infantry tank that was used early in World War II, an improvement of the Renault R35, of which it is often considered a variant.Contents1 Development 2 Production 3 Operational history 4 Notes 5 LiteratureDevelopment[edit] In the late thirties there had been several projects to improve the Renault R35
Renault R35
light infantry tank. One of these was directed to the improvement of the horizontal rubber spring suspension system that, apart from being less reliable than originally hoped for, caused an uncomfortable ride, high track and tread wear and an unfavourable weight distribution. Apart from Lorraine, whose proposal based on Lorraine 37L
Lorraine 37L
suspension was rejected as too heavy and complicated to refit, both the AMX factory and the Renault design bureau developed from 1937 several solutions to this problem
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Char D1
The Char D1
Char D1
was a pre-World War II French medium tank. The French plan of 1926, calling for the creation of a Light Infantry Support Tank, led to the development of the existing Renault NC1 prototype into the Char D1. One hundred and sixty vehicles of this type were produced between 1931 and 1935. There was a pre-series of ten vehicles and later 150 standard vehicles were built. Until 1936 the vehicles were fitted with Renault FT
Renault FT
turrets because the intended cast ST2 turrets were not yet ready. The ST2 turret was armed with a short 47mm SA34 tank gun with a coaxial 7.5mm machine gun. The hull carried a 7.5mm MG in the bow
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Char D2
The Char D2
Char D2
was a French tank of the interwar period. In 1930, at a time the Char D1
Char D1
had not even entered production, the Renault company agreed to build a better armoured version called the Char D2. By not using old-fashioned rivets, it was hoped to save weight. The tank should be able to serve as an alternative in the role of battle tank for the heavier Char B1, should the latter be forbidden by treaty. The failure of the armament limitation talks resulted in a severe reduction of the projected manufacture, now in the form of an interim tank. Organisational difficulties with Renault caused the actual production of a first series of fifty to be delayed to the years 1936 and 1937. A second series of fifty was ordered in 1938, despite indications that the type was mechanically unreliable, as a possible cheaper addition to the expensive Char B1, to be able to raise more armoured divisions of the Infantry Arm
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Char B1
The Char B1
Char B1
was a French heavy tank manufactured before World War II. The Char B1
Char B1
was a specialised break-through vehicle, originally conceived as a self-propelled gun with a 75 mm howitzer in the hull; later a 47 mm gun in a turret was added, to allow it to function also as a Char de Bataille, a "battle tank" fighting enemy armour, equipping the armoured divisions of the Infantry Arm
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AMC 34
The AMC 34
AMC 34
was a French tank built originally for the French Army cavalry units. Its production was cut short, and the few vehicles produced were out of service by the time of the Battle of France
France
in the Second World War.Contents1 Development 2 Description 3 Operational history3.1 Plan 1934 3.2 France
France
and Morocco 3.3 Order by Belgium4 References 5 External linksDevelopment[edit] Alarmed by the rapid build-up of the Red Army
Red Army
the French Army on 24 December 1931 conceived a preliminary plan for the mechanisation of the Cavalry
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Renault AGK
The Renault AGx was a range of light/medium/heavy trucks produced by the French manufacturer Renault between 1937 and 1941. The range includes both conventional (AGC, AGT) and forward control (AGK, AGP, AGR, AGOD, AGLD) trucks.Contents1 History and technical details1.1 AGS 1.2 AGC 1.3 AGT 1.4 AGP 1.5 AGR 1.6 AGK1.6.1 ZP1.7 Heavier models2 References2.1 Citations 2.2 BibliographyHistory and technical details[edit] AGS[edit] Main article: Renault Primaquatre The AGS was a commercial and military version of the Renault Primaquatre with a payload of 0.4 tonnes.[1] AGC[edit] The Renault AGC is a conventional cabin light truck with a 1.5 tonnes payload produced between 1938 and 1940. It replaced the Renault ADK. For military use, it was delivered with a wheelbase of 3,760 millimetres (148 in), a length between 5,680 millimetres (224 in) (long version) and 5,000 millimetres (200 in), and width of 1,950 millimetres (77 in)
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AMC 35
AMC
AMC
may refer to:Contents1 Film and television 2 Education 3 Finance 4 Medicine 5 Military 6 Music 7 Transport 8 Telecommunications 9 Other usesFilm and television[edit] AMC
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Somua S35
The SOMUA S35
SOMUA S35
was a French Cavalry tank
Cavalry tank
of the Second World War. Built from 1936 until 1940 to equip the armoured divisions of the Cavalry, it was for its time a relatively agile medium-weight tank, superior in armour and armament to its French and foreign competitors, such as the contemporary versions of the German Panzerkampfwagen III. It was constructed from well-sloped, mainly cast, armour sections, that however made it expensive to produce and time-consuming to maintain. During the German invasion of May 1940, the SOMUA S35
SOMUA S35
proved itself to be a tactically effective type, but this was negated by the French command's strategic mistakes in deploying the Cavalry armoured divisions. After the defeat of France
France
in June 1940, limiting production to a number of about 440, captured SOMUA S35s were used by the Axis powers, some of them on the Eastern Front
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