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Monday, January 27, 2014

Renault Armored Car (Auto-Mitrailleuse) M1914 (First-delivery).

Note on French Renault Armored Car M1914 in Russia. 

Forty of this Renault Armored Car Model 1914 were acquired by the Russian government in France in 1914, during the first months of the war. Later they were sent to Russia stepwise, removed and without weapons. The Russians called "Renault Box" ('Reno Box'), by the characteristic shape of a box (open) of the vehicle combat chamber. Given the scarce thickness of armor (4-mm.) of this 1914 model (French solved the problem creating the new model in 1915, with thicker armor and different design), the Russians used sparsely in the armored formations of first line. Mainly were used in security tasks and escort of motorized supply columns, etc. They were also used as armored vehicles for the transport of ammunition near the frontline areas. They were also used (especially the chassis) as the basis for creating new designs and transformations that derived in the appearance of new armored vehicles, this time Russians.


Nota sobre los Coches Blindados Renault M1914 franceses en Rusia. 

Cuarenta de estos Coches Blindados Renault Modelo 1914 fueron adquiridos por el Gobierno Ruso en Francia en 1914, durante los primeros meses de la guerra. Posteriormente fueron enviados a Rusia escalonadamente, desmontados y sin armamento. Los rusos los denominaron "Caja Renault" ('Reno Box'), por la característica forma de caja (abierta) de la cámara de combate del vehículo. Dado el escaso espesor del blindaje (4-mm.) de este modelo de 1914 (problema que los franceses solucionaron creando el nuevo modelo en 1915, con blindaje de mayor espesor y diferente diseño), los rusos los utilizaron escasamente en las formaciones blindadas de primera línea. Principalmente se utilizaron en tareas de seguridad y de escolta a las columnas motorizadas de suministros, etc. También se utilizaron como vehículos blindados para el transporte de municiones en zonas próximas a la primera línea del frente. Asimismo fueron utilizados (especialmente los chasis) como base para la creación de transformaciones y nuevos diseños de coches blindados.


  1. Hello friend Phil,

    Thank you very much for your kind comment. The picture I publish this Renault M1914 Armored Car is the result of mixing two similar pictures. A low quality, which I used for the background and the other, excellent quality but lacking in background. This armored car is one of the first models produced by Renault in October 1914. These models the "first delivery" is recognized, among other features, lacking front armor plate, located in the crank handle engine. Plaque does appear in subsequent deliveries.


    Jose Luis Castillo


    Hola amigo Phil,

    Muchas gracias por tu amable comentario. La imagen que publico de este Coche Blindado Renault M1914 es el resultado de mezclar dos fotografías similares. Una de baja calidad, la que utilicé para el fondo y la otra, de excelente calidad pero carente de fondo. Este coche blindado es uno de los primeros modelos fabricados por Renault en octubre de 1914. Estos modelos de la "primera entrega" se reconocen, entre otras características, por carecer de la placa de blindaje delantera, situada en la zona de la manivela de arranque del motor. Placa que sí aparece en las entregas posteriores.


    José Luis Castillo