Last updated on February 17th, 2019 at 09:54 pm
The Hotchkiss H-35 light tank was designed in 1933 and was originally meant to be a light tank for the French cavalry. However, when it entered service in 1936, it was also put into use as an infantry support tank.
About 400 Hotchkiss H-35 light tanks were produced. One fourth of these were assigned to the infantry and the rest were given to the cavalry.
The H-35 had thick cast armor in its turret and hull, which gave it a defensive advantage.
However, it was slow and its weaponry was relatively weak, so it did not fare well against the Germans.
It had just one short-barreled 1.46 in (37mm) main gun and one machine gun.
When the Germans captured H-35s, they removed their turrets and used the tanks as “schleppers” – vehicles for carrying weapons and munitions. They used the turrets in static defense lines.
|Weight:||10.43 tons (10,600kg)|
|Length:||13ft 10in (4.22m)|
|Height:||8ft 7in (2.62m)|
|Width:||6ft 5in (1.96m)|
|Weapons:||Main – 1.46in (37mm) gun, Secondary – 0.295 inch (7.5mm) machinegun|
|Armor||Maximum – 1.57in (40mm)|
|Engine:||Hotchkiss 1935 6-cylinder gasoline, 75hp|
|Range:||93.2 miles (150 km)|