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Renault Modèle 1933 VM, AMR 1933

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Design

In 1931 requirements were given for a series of reconnaissance vehicles. The AMR (Automitrailleuse de Reconnaissance) was to have a crew of 2 and a 7.5 mm machine gun. The AMR was to be supported by the AMC.

Five prototypes were built, each with a slightly different suspension system. The one with 4 rubber tired road wheels mounted on bell crank scissor articulators with horizontal rubber springing was selected for production in 1933.

After the trials 123 were ordered in 1933.

The hull was riveted with the driver at the front and the commander in the turret. The turret was offset to the left of the hull and the engine to the right.

Used in cavalry regiments and with reconnaissance troops.

Production

  • AMR-33: 123
    • Production: 1933

Usage

German use:

PzSpWg VM 701 (f)

Specifications

  AMR-33
Crew Commander, driver
21,2
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 12,125 lb, 11,023 lb
5,000 kg, 5,500 kg1
5 tons2, 5.4 tons1
Length 11.5'2, 11' 5.75", 11' 6", 11' 5.8"1
3.53 m, 3.504 m, 3.5 m1
Height 5.66'2, 5' 8.25", 5' 8"1
1.72 m, 1.727 m, 1.73 m1
Width 5.25'2, 5' 4.5"1, 5' 3"
1.61 m, 1.6 m, 1.64 m1
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 7.5 mm MG1,2
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 2,250
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 5, 131,2
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Renault1 water cooled
Reinastella2 water cooled2
Cylinders 81,2
Net HP 841,2, 85
Transmission  
Fuel type Gasoline1,2
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse 360°
Speed - Road 30 mph, 37 mph, 40.4 mph2, 33.5 mph1
55 kph, 60 kph, 54 kph1
Speed - Cross Country 18.6 mph
Range - Road 124 miles1
140 km, 200 km1
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing 5'
1.524 m
Vertical Obstacle 2'
0.609 m
Suspension (Type) Twin bogie in center, 2 on bell cranks
Wheels each side 4
Return rollers each side 4
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles - The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day, General Editor: Christopher F. Foss, 2002
  2. Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
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