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France's Hotchkiss Modèle 1935 H-38 Light Tanks

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Design

Had an 1 man APXR 1 turret installed.

Had a 5,976 cc 120 hp engine installed.

Production

Produced from 1936.

  • H-38: 800
    • Manufacturer: Hotchkiss1

Usage

German Use:

  • PzKpfw 38H 735(f): Used in Norway, Finland, Balkans. The 211th Panzerabteilung used them in Finland in 1941. Installed a FuG5 radio.1

Specifications

  Hotchkiss Modèle 1935, H-38
Crew Commander, driver
21
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 26,880 lb
12,218 kg
12 tons1,2
Length 13.83'2, 13' 9"
4.21 m, 4.22 m1
Height 7'2
1.85 m1
Width 6.08'2, 6' 4"
2.14 m1
Ground clearance 1' 2"
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure 12.8 psi
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 1: 37 mm Sa18 L/21
1: 37 mm3
Secondary  
MG 1: 7.5 mm MG 311
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 58, 1001
Secondary  
MG 2,4001
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 34@7°1 & round1
Hull Front, Lower 29-34@30°1
Hull Sides, Upper 34@20°1
Hull Sides, Lower 34@0°1
Hull Rear 34@25°1 and 22@30°1
Hull Top 22@88°1 & 22@90°1
Hull Bottom 12@90°1
Turret Front 45@0°1 & 45@25°1
Mantlet: 25 round1
Turret Sides 40@30°1
Turret Rear 40@30°1
Turret Top 30
12@90°1
Engine (Make / Model) Hotchkiss Model1 6L6 water cooled
Hotchkiss 19382, water cooled2
Cylinders 61,2
Net HP 1202,3
1201 @ 2,800 rpm1
Transmission 4 forward, 1 reverse.
5 forward, 1 reverse.1
Fuel type Gasoline2,3
Octane  
Capacity 55 gallons
5.976 liters
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand.1
Speed - Road 22 mph,
36 kph1
Speed - Cross Country 150 km
Range - Road 93.75 miles,
150 km1
Turning Radius 27'
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth 2' 8",
0.85 m
Trench crossing 5' 11",
1.8 m
Vertical Obstacle 1' 8"
Suspension (Type) bell cranks
Wheels each side 6 wheels mounted in pairs on bogies
Return rollers each side 2
Track length 6
Tires  
Track width 11"
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  2. Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
  3. World War I and II Tanks, George Forty, 2012
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