Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Obsolete Trophies

"Information on Somua and Hotchkiss tanks

On September 9-10th, near grid square 5016-7, the 38th Guards Independent Tank Brigade knocked out and captured 12 enemy tanks. Of them, 4 are Somua and 8 are Hotchkiss type. Of them, 1 Somua and 6 Hotchkiss are still functional.

Preliminary combat and technical characteristics of these tanks have been established:

Somua tank:

  • Type: medium
  • Mass: 18 tons
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 5160 mm
    • Width: 2080 mm
    • Height: 2600 mm
  • Clearance: 380 mm
  • Armour thickness:
    • Front: 60 mm
    • Side: 50 mm
    • Rear: 40 mm
    • Turret: 60 mm
    • Floor: 25 mm
  • Armament:
    • Cannon: 1 47 mm
    • Machine gun: 1 Châtellerault 7.92 mm
    • Optical sight: 1
  • Ammunition:
    • 84 cannon rounds
    • 9 disk magazines
  • Engine: gasoline, V-8, Somua AC-4 type.
    • Cooling: forced water cooling. Tank fits 80-90 L of coolant.
    • Fuel system: forces carburettor.
    • Ignition system: magneto.
  • Gearbox: gear type with mechanical switching. Five speeds forward, one speed back.
  • Suspension: leaf springs with hydraulic shock absorbers.
  • Running gear: small pitch track with rear drive sprocket. 9 road wheels, 2 return rollers. Covered by skirt armour. Track links are 355 mm wide.
  • Radios: 1
  • Crew: 3
Hotchkiss tank
  • Type: light
  • Weight: 12 tons
  • Dimensions:
    • Length (with tail): 4220 mm
    • Width: 1850 mm
    • Height: 2140 mm
  • Armour:
    • Front: 40 mm
    • Sides: 30 mm
    • Turret: 40 mm
    • Rear: 30 mm
    • Floor: 20 mm
  • Clearance: -43 mm
  • Engine: gasoline, 6 cylinder monobloc, up to 110 hp. Cylinders fire in the following order: 135642.
    • Fuel system: Solix carburettor, fuel capacity is up to 180 L.
    • Cooling system: forced water cooling, capacity is about 25-30 L.
    • Ignition system: Chinchilla carburettor.
  • Electric equipment: in series, 12 V, one battery.
  • Gearbox: 5 speed forward, one back, mechanical switching.
  • Suspension: independent with vertical springs.
  • Running gear: small pitch track links, front drive sprocket. 6 road wheels, 2 return rollers. Track links are 265 mm wide.
  • Armament:
    • 37 mm Hotchkiss gun
    • 7.92 mm Châtellerault machine gun
    • 1 optical sight
  • Ammunition capacity:
    • 86 cannon rounds
    • 12 machine gun disks of 150 rounds each
  • Radio: one receiver
  • Crew: 2 men
  • Top speed: 35 kph on improved roads.
  • Range: up to 150 km
Chief of Staff of the 38th Guards Independent Tank Brigade, Guards Lieutenant Colonel Gerasimenko
Chief of Intelligence, Guards Captain Makarov"

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