Renault AMR 33
|Produceret||1933 – 1935|
|Type||Automitrailleuse de Reconnaissance|
The Automitrailleuse de Reconnaissance Renault Modèle 1933 (AMR 33 or Renault VM) was a French light cavalry tank developed during the Interbellum and used in the Second World War. Developed by Renault from 1932, the type was in 1933 ordered by the French Cavalry; a total of 123 would be built until 1935. The AMR 33 was lightly armed and armoured; though it was very fast for its day, it proved to be a mechanically unreliable vehicle, especially its suspension elements were too weak. It was therefore succeeded by an improved type, the AMR 35.
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|Lokalisering||Musee des Blindes, Saumur|
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The Renault AMR 33 was a light tank developed by the French company Renault in the early 1930s. It was intended to serve as a reconnaissance vehicle for the French cavalry, and was one of the fastest armored vehicles of its time, with a top speed of 54 km/h. The AMR 33 was armed with a single 7.5 mm machine gun and had a crew of two. It had a thin armor of 13 mm at most, which made it vulnerable to enemy fire. The AMR 33 was also plagued by mechanical problems, especially with its suspension system, which often broke down. The AMR 33 entered service in 1933 and was produced until 1935, with a total of 123 units built. It was replaced by the improved AMR 35 model, which had better armor and armament. The AMR 33 saw combat during the Battle of France in 1940, where it was quickly outmatched by the German tanks and anti-tank guns. Some of the captured AMR 33s were used by the Germans for security and training purposes.
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