What does AMX 38 mean?
The AMX 38 was a prototype French tank designed in 1937 at the AMX works. Designed as AMX’s response to the 20-tonne tank programme intended to replace the aging Char D2, it was a faster and heavier alternative to Renault R35, in practice a cross-over between a light tank and medium tank.
When was the AMX 38 tank made?
The AMX company started development in July 1937 and their tank project later received the designation “AMX 38”. The AMX 38 was designed to have better mobility than the Char D1, while having the same armour and a small weight increase. It was planned to have a 100 horsepower CLM diesel engine, 37mm SA 18 gun and the new APX -R turret.
Why did the AMX 38 have a tail piece at the rear?
The AMX 38 had a tail piece at the rear to help the vehicle cross trenches. The crew consisted of two people, a driver and a commander/gunner. However, the AMX 38 first prototype was proved to be inferior to other current French tanks both in armor and armament.
What does AMX stand for?
Ateliers de construction d’Issy-les-Moulineaux (AMX) participate in the competition to create the next generation light tank for the French Army. The AMX company started development in July 1937 and their tank project later received the designation “AMX 38”.