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DesertFox89 #1 Posted 07 May 2011 - 05:52 PM

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The Hotchkiss H35 or Char léger modèle 1935 H was a French light tank developed prior to World War II.This tank was supposed to  provide armour support to the regular infantry divisions by creating autonomous tank battalions equipped with a light and cheap infantry tank.In 1933 the Hotchkiss company by its own initiative presented a plan to produce a lighter design.The first series vehicle was again extensively and intensively tested until 4 December 1936. This showed that its handling qualities in terrain were unacceptably poor. It was simply impossible to safely steer the vehicle on a somewhat bumpy surface, posing an extreme danger to nearby friendly infantry. The Infantry therefore decided to accept only the first hundred tanks to equip just two battalions with the type: the 13e and 38e Bataillon de Chars de Combat and reject any further procurement.


In service 1936 - 1952
Used by France, Poland, Nazi Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary, Croatia, Yugoslav Partisans, Chetniks, Israel
Wars World War II; Israeli War of Independence

-Specifications
Weight 11 metric tonnes
Length 4.22 m (13 ft 10 in)
Width 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Height 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in)
Crew 2



-Armour 40 mm turret, 34 mm hull
Primary
armament 37 mm SA 18 gun
Secondary
armament 7.5 mm Reibel machine gun
Engine six cylinder 3480 cc
78 hp
Power/weight 7.1 hp/t
Suspension horizontal helical springs
Fuel capacity 180 litres
Operational
range 129 km (80 mi)
Speed 28 km/h (17 mph)

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Waroch #2 Posted 07 May 2011 - 06:18 PM

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On the other hand, the H35 had good top speed for an infantry tank. After it was rejected by the infantry, the cavalry became interested in this cheaper and lighter alternative to its Somua S35 whose production was insufficient. The production began in 1936, but only ~400 H35's were built because of relatively poor performances for a cavalry tank.
Hotchkiss then developped the H39 with a more powerful engine (120hp instead of the initial 75hp) and a more modern 37mm gun (37mm SA38), 700 were built from february 1939 to may 1940.

Vuvuzevka #3 Posted 30 August 2011 - 11:45 AM

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Everyday I pray the gaulic gods for the H35 to have the 120hp engine as an update.

The 38H is just pure epicness. In the game it's the only one I play wich make me feels like I'm driving an actual tank. And I had some tiers 8 heavies (wich gets penetrated by everything they face anyway or raped by high tiers arty).


But it lacks the mobility that would make him really decisive in a battle (like the Pz35(t) can be in tier 2). Can't wait. :D

Handblags #4 Posted 18 October 2011 - 01:51 AM

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Does anyone know what will happen to current premium 38H's when these come out?

Sotahullu #5 Posted 18 October 2011 - 07:29 AM

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View PostHandblags, on 18 October 2011 - 01:51 AM, said:

Does anyone know what will happen to current premium 38H's when these come out?


It stays as the same, probaply.

So don't worry, you will not lose that money grinder of you'rs ;)

Handblags #6 Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:53 PM

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it was more of a "Free" XP grinder for when I was in stock tanks.

builder396 #7 Posted 18 December 2011 - 09:35 AM

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i´guess the french hotchkiss gets a short-barreled version of the 37mm gun, as i think the longer gun featured on the german premium version has been later added by the germans because of its poor anti tank performance.

Waroch #8 Posted 18 December 2011 - 12:15 PM

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nope it's a french gun. It was mounted on the upgraded H39 version along with a better engine of 120hp to make it a decent light cavalry tank.
The regular Hotkiss has the same 37mm SA38 but not the 120hp engine, they just give us something like a 80-90hp as top engine :/

Maximillian #9 Posted 18 December 2011 - 07:44 PM

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Dont they dare mess with my beloved hoccie, its my go to tank, when high tier grinding drives me insane(that and the pz4) :Smile_great:

Niaro #10 Posted 20 December 2011 - 04:34 PM

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Funny little thing :D

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MushinLeonidas #11 Posted 20 December 2011 - 11:24 PM

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The SA38 is just a killer gun! This tank is fun to play and can take a lot of hits. Only downsides are the acceleration and the top speed.

edeheusch #12 Posted 21 December 2011 - 09:44 AM

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Just for the people that want to be able to rapidly compare the German hotchkiss and the French hotchkiss (fully upgraded version):
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MarmotWarrior #13 Posted 21 December 2011 - 10:21 AM

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German one is less powerfull(75 vs 82), heavier (10.67 vs 9.54) but go faster (37 vs 27)... Strange...

meuhbat #14 Posted 05 January 2012 - 01:28 PM

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The german has more view range, a lot more turret traverse, more health, and a way better topspeed :/
its only drawback is having 5mm less penetration.

Perscienter #15 Posted 05 January 2012 - 04:02 PM

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Have the German and French Hotchkisses the same match-making value?

This one has quite a huge influence on the balance, since more people are able to drive it. I don't like the fact, that there are so many tier 2 vehicles with 40 all-around armour driving around.

Dongfeng_division #16 Posted 30 January 2012 - 01:39 PM

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How do you angle this tank?

I hear stories about Steel Wall but my H35 is penetrated with every second shot (frontally, and frontal angle). It's nothing like Pz38H. I'm penetrated even by tier I.

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I just shot 15 shots into various parts of the H35's front with my Tetrarch.. i did 1hp damage with the 1 HE shell i used.

Facing head on too...

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View PostDongfeng_division, on 30 January 2012 - 01:39 PM, said:

How do you angle this tank?

I hear stories about Steel Wall but my H35 is penetrated with every second shot (frontally, and frontal angle). It's nothing like Pz38H. I'm penetrated even by tier I.
Since the addition of the french tank tree there are some shifts in the balance between tanks, especially in lower tiers as many people of course are following the temptation of french tanks. french tier 1-2 tanks have a 25mm AT rifle rigged into heir turrets capable of relatively extreme armor penetration for that tier. also the tetrach was added and soon used by just as many players because of the agility and even more intimidating gun. the armor on either hotchkiss tank remained the same, but these high penetration guns were used very often with a sudden making the armor less useful. thats why i stopped using my H38 when the french came in and recognized the firepower of the newly added guns.


if you want to angle the tank i suggest a 45° angle to the left because that way the view port of the diver is harder to target. the view port in the turret however remains a weakness. if you have to shooce wether to show the enemy the side or front armor ONLY i strongly recommend side armor because it has no huge view ports



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View Postbuilder396, on 03 February 2012 - 02:06 AM, said:

Since the addition of the french tank tree there are some shifts in the balance between tanks, especially in lower tiers as many people of course are following the temptation of french tanks. french tier 1-2 tanks have a 25mm AT rifle rigged into heir turrets capable of relatively extreme armor penetration for that tier. also the tetrach was added and soon used by just as many players because of the agility and even more intimidating gun. the armor on either hotchkiss tank remained the same, but these high penetration guns were used very often with a sudden making the armor less useful. thats why i stopped using my H38 when the french came in and recognized the firepower of the newly added guns.

Indeed, Tetrarch is just too good, and there are plenty of them in low tier battles, often up to 5-6 on one side alone. But I believe we're talking about different Hotchkiss; you're talking about German version, the premium one, and the thread is about H35 from the French tree.

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but they have identical armor values if i didnt miss anything, the only difference between both is mobility and gun selection.

but the tetrach ash plenty of weaknesses. armor is extremely thin and you have a 3 men crew. if one gets killed you can consider this tank useless.






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