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|Posté le: Lun 18 Déc - 09:04 (2017) Sujet du message: The AMR 33/35, french light cavalry tank.
During the first world war, the french army armored vehicles has been divided in two branches: The armored cars, belonging to the cavalry, and the tanks, used by the infantry to support it's assault. At the end of the war, the infantry was clearly the strongest, with more than 3 000 tanks (The strongest armored force in the whole world), the majority of them being the very successfull FT-17. The cavalry only had some tens of armored car, the first White (A modern and nice vehicle) and some old vehicles on civilian chassis.
During the whole interbellum, the cavalry kept it's great White and used some news wheeled vehicles. The first use of tracked vehicles came in the early 30s wich the semi-tracked AMC Schneider P16. In fact, the cavalry wasn't especially asking for wheeled vehicle, but at this time, the concept of cavalry tank didn't really existed.
In January 1932, the cavalry emitted a tender for a reconnaissance armored car (Automitrailleuse de reconnaissance/AMR). The cavalry wanted a 3.5 tons vehicle, armed with a 7.5mm machine-gun, with a armor of 9mm (Mounted to 13 in December)and a max speed of 35 Km/h.
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