Somua-Gendron Automitrailleuse 39 armored car prototype

Manufactured by Somua in France c.1939.
APX 5 turret containing a Hotchkiss Mle1934 25mm anti-tank main gun and a MAC ‘Reibel’ Mle1931 coaxial gas-operated machine gun.
75HP - 4840cc - 6150kg - 15mm armor - 69km/h - four wheels plus two for cross-country driving.
The AMR 39 was envisioned to bolster the numbers of the Renault AMR 35 tankette and the very efficient Panhard AMD 35 4x4 armored car, the later of which being very similar in specs. A stopgap measure developed during the wait for the extremely innovative Panhard AM 40, it would unfortunately share its fate, with only a prototype of the production model being built before the lack of available turrets stopped the project, leaving only a few chassis in French arsenals.

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