Rare Renault UE Tankette on sale from Military Classic Vehicles in Normandy, France.
The rare French army Tankette, produced in 1936. It has been fully reconditioned with mostly original parts. Perfect running condition.
Price: 95 000€
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A brief history of the Renault UE tankette
The Renault UE tankette was designed and developed by the French vehicle manufacturer Renault in the early 1930s. It was originally intended as a light infantry support vehicle, but it was also used for reconnaissance, as an artillery tractor, and as a transport vehicle for supplies and equipment.
The Renault UE entered production in 1932, and over 5,000 units were built by 1940. It saw extensive service during the Battle of France in 1940, where it was used by the French Army in a variety of roles. Its light armor and armament made it vulnerable to enemy fire, but it was still a useful vehicle for transporting supplies and equipment to the front lines.
After the fall of France in 1940, most of the surviving Renault UE tankettes were captured by the German Army and used for various purposes, including as ammunition carriers and gun tractors. Some were also sold to other countries, such as Romania and Hungary, and were used by their respective armies.
In addition to its service with the French Army, the Renault UE tankette was also used by other countries, including Poland and Belgium. The Polish Army purchased a small number of Renault UE tankettes in the late 1930s, and they were used during the German invasion of Poland in 1939. The Belgian Army also purchased a small number of Renault UE tankettes, and they were used during the Battle of Belgium in 1940.
Overall, the Renault UE tankette was not a particularly effective weapon, but it played a useful role in supporting infantry operations and transporting supplies and equipment. Its compact size and relatively low weight made it a versatile vehicle that could be used in a variety of roles, and its production in large numbers ensured that it was a common sight on the battlefields of World War II.
- Weight: 2.5 tons (2.3 metric tons)
- Length: 3.8 meters (12.5 feet)
- Width: 1.7 meters (5.6 feet)
- Height: 1.45 meters (4.8 feet)
- Armor: 4-13mm (0.15-0.5 inches)
- Armament: One or two 7.5 mm machine guns
- Engine: Renault 4-cylinder gasoline engine
- Horsepower: 28 hp
- Maximum speed: 24 km/h (15 mph)
- Range: 130 km (80 miles)
- Crew: 2 (driver and gunner)