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France's Hotchkiss Modèle 1935 H-38 Light Tanks

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: Hotchkiss

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.

Specifications

  Hotchkiss Modèle 1935, H-38
Crew Commander, driver
2
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 26,880 lb
12,218 kg
12 tons
Length 13.83', 13' 9"
4.21 m, 4.22 m
Height 7'
1.85 m
Width 6.08', 6' 4"
2.14 m
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 mm
Secondary  
MG 1: 7.5 mm MG 31
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 58, 100
Secondary  
MG 2,400
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 34@7° & round
Hull Front, Lower 29-34@30°
Hull Sides, Upper 34@20°
Hull Sides, Lower 34@0°
Hull Rear 34@25° and 22@30°
Hull Top 22@88° & 22@90°
Hull Bottom 12@90°
Turret Front 45@0° & 45@25°
Mantlet: 25 round
Turret Sides 40@30°
Turret Rear 40@30°
Turret Top 30
12@90°
Engine (Make / Model) Hotchkiss Model 6L6 water cooled
Hotchkiss 1938, water cooled
Cylinders 6
Net HP 120
120 @ 2,800 rpm
Transmission 4 forward, 1 reverse.
5 forward, 1 reverse.
Fuel type Gasoline
Octane  
Capacity 55 gallons
5.976 liters
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand.
Speed - Road 22 mph,
36 kph
Speed - Cross Country 150 km
Range - Road 93.75 miles,
150 km
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
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site