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French combat vehicle production during World War II

This is a list of French combat vehicle production before and during the Second World War. The numbers given are generally those of vehicles actually delivered including exported vehicles. However, it includes those vehicles not yet delivered in June 1940 in the 1940 totals. For the Renault FT only the French metropolitan organic strength and matériel reserve is given. The list excludes those types having been taken out of service by May 1940.


Tank production

Model before 1 September 1939 1939 1940 Total
Char 2C 10 10
Renault FT 1580 1580
NC27 36 36
Char D1 160 160
Char D2 50 50 100
R 35 1070 200 400 1670
FCM 36 100 100
Char B1 163 42 200 405
AMR 33 123 123
AMR 35 167 167
ZB 16 16
ZT2 10 10
ZT3 10 10
ZT4 40 40
AMC 34 12 12
AMC 35 29 23 5 57
Hotchkiss H35 640 130 430 1200
SOMUA S35 270 50 110 430
Total 4436 445 1245 6126

The following points should be taken into consideration:

The numbers given for 1 September 1939 and the 1939 totals are those of the deliveries; actual production numbers were in general somewhat higher as the army would only accept those vehicles that could be used immediately to equip units and training lagged behind production. So the number for 1939 is lower than the actual production; e.g. the ZT2's were produced towards the end of 1939. This growing backlog led to a sudden release of tanks in May which is sometimes mistaken for a jump in production. However actual production in 1940 again lagged behind production goals: 477 for the last four months of 1939 and 1226 for the first five months of 1940 only. It was planned to build 3087 tanks in the last seven months: 840 R 40's, 373 Char B1's, 1750 H 35's and 124 S 35/40's; these numbers included a monthly production of 75 H 35's in Britain.

Armoured car and half-track production

Armoured car and half-track AFV deliveries were:

Model before 1 September 1939 1939 1940 total
AMD White TBC 86 86
AMD Laffly 50 98 98
AMD Laffly 80 28 28
AMD Laffly S15 TOE 45 45
AMD Berliet VUDB 32 32
AMD Panhard 165/175 30 30
AMD Panhard 178 219 69 243 533
AMC Schneider P 16 96 96
Total 634 69 243 946

It was intended to continue the production of the AMD 35 Panhard 178 at a rate of sixty per month. The Panhard 178 numbers include some hulls not fitted with a turret, but exclude the continued production in 1940 for Germany which probably amounted to 176 vehicles.[4]

After the armistice in the unoccupied Free Zone of France, a clandestine rebuild took place of 225 GMC Trucks into armoured cars. When all of France was occupied in 1942, the secret hiding places (caves in fact) were betrayed to the Germans.[5][6]

See also


  1. ^ François Vauvillier, 2006, "Nos Chars en 1940: Pourquoi, Combien", Histoire de Guerre, Blindés & Matériel N°74, p.48
  2. ^ François Vauvillier, 2007, "Notre Cavalerie Mécanique à son Apogée le 10 Mai 1940", Histoire de Guerre, Blindés & Matériel, N° 75, p.46
  3. ^ François Vauvillier, 2007, "Notre Cavalerie Mécanique à son Apogée le 10 Mai 1940", Histoire de Guerre, Blindés et Matériel, N° 75, p.49
  4. ^ François Vauvillier, 2008, "Produire l'AMD 35 Panhard: une affaire d'équipe", Histoire de Guerre, Blindés & Matériel, N° 82, p. 45
  5. ^ Auto Mitrailleuse CDM Modelstories
  6. ^ "1942 Auto Mitrailleuse CDM" . Archived from the original on 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2009-10-11.


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