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AFV Weapons Profile 36 Chars Hotchkiss, H35, H39, and Somua 35
Автор: James Bingham
Издательство: Prifile Publiations
Год издания: 1973
Размер: 23 Mb
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THE French cavalry had had experience with armoured cars, which, in small numbers, had been allotted to
horsed cavalry formations since 1914, but there was no marked enthusiasm for this new weapon. evertheless, after World War I a perfunctory interest was shown in the development of a tracked armoured vehicle, which, in having a cross-country mobility for the traditional cavalry rdle of reconnaissance and security, would provide a complement to the road-bound armoured car. In 1922 a design study was initiated at Army Headquarters and this led to specifications being laid down in 1923 for two types of Autos-mitrailleuses de Cavalerie. Type No. 1 was to be a wheeled armoured car, while No. 2 would be a light tracked vehicle with a three-man crew, mounting a Hotchkiss machine-gun and a light gun, capable of crossing trenches up to 1 -20 metres wide and barbed wire entanglements. However.