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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Renault Armored Car (Factory Model). Captured by the Germans, France, 1914 (WWI).

French Renault Armored Truck, 1914 Model. Captured by the Germans

The Renault Armored Truck was manufactured in 1914 during the first months of the Great War. It was a special project of House Renault, who designed and built on its own, this little known armored car model. Apparently many copies were made (*). There are photographs of the vehicle being used by the French troops. There is also a photograph of another vehicle, captured by the Germans, with normal slick tires (that of this photo takes pneumatics type Ducasble).

This vehicle is missing the front shield, which consisted of a rectangular steel plate slightly curved profile. This was in front of the engine hood tilt. In the picture we can see the hooks for armor plate. The original models armed with a machine gun (probably St. Étienne M1907 8-mm) placed on a pedestal in the center of the rear of the vehicle.

(*) Pierre Touzin, Les Véhicules Blindés Francais 1900-1944, ÉDITIONS E.P.A. 1979


Camión Blindado Francés Renault. Modelo 1914. Capturado por los alemanes.

El Camión Blindado Renault se fabricó en 1914 durante los primeros meses de la Gran Guerra. Fue un proyecto particular de la Casa Renault, que diseño y fabricó por su cuenta, este poco conocido modelo de coche blindado. Al parecer se hicieron bastantes ejemplares(*). Existen fotografías del vehículo siendo utilizado por tropas francesas. También existe una fotografía de otro vehículo, capturado por los alemanes, con neumáticos lisos normales (el de esta imagen lleva neumáticos tipo Ducasble).

A este vehículo le falta el blindaje delantero, el cual consistía en una plancha rectangular de acero de perfil ligeramente curvo. Este iba situado delante del capó del motor en posición inclinada. En la fotografía se aprecian los enganches para la plancha de blindaje. Los modelos originales iban armados con una ametralladora (probablemente una St. Étienne M1907 de 8-mm) situada sobre un pedestal en el centro de la parte posterior del vehículo.

(*) Pierre Touzin, Les Véhicules Blindés Francais 1900-1944, ÉDITIONS E.P.A. 1979

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