The National Military History Center

National Military History Center
8 December 2012
Lot 168

1942 Hotchkiss WH : GW39H(f) Full-Track Pak 40


$35,000 USD | Sold

United States | Auburn, Indiana



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Manufacturer: Hotchkiss & Co., St Denis (Seine), France

Production Year: 1942

Engine: Hotchkiss ohv, six-liter, 120-hp, liquid-cooled, six-cylinder, gasoline

Length: 13-feet, 10-inches

Width: 6-feet, 1-inch

Height: 8-feet, 9-inches

Weight: Approximately 12.5-tons

Armor: Hull: 22-34-mm; Superstructure front, sides and gun shield: 20-mm; Superstructure rear: 10-mm

Armament: One 7.5-cm Pak 40 L/46 anti-tank gun - Demilitarized

Additional Armament: NONE on this example - Could be fitted with one 7.92-mm MG34 or MG42 machine gun

Maximum Road Speed: 22-mph

Crew: Four

Markings: German 8th Panzer Division, Artillery Battalion


The German Army captured over 800 Hotchkiss H-35/38/39 cavalry tanks during the invasion and occupation of France in 1940. The initial production model, the H-35, entered service in 1936. The H-35 and the similar Renault R-35 were the first tanks in history to feature turrets and hulls made of one-piece armor castings. The external coil-spring suspension units were another design feature unique to French tanks of that era. The cast turret and hull, as well as the external coil-spring suspension units were features later implemented on the US built M4A1 Sherman tank. Initially, the Hotchkiss tanks in German service were modified with a split-hatch cupola and a German radio. The modified Hotchkiss tanks were first issued in 1941 to newly-formed and reformed Panzer units stationed in France. In 1942, two conversions were produced utilizing the Hotchkiss H-39 tank. The turret, complete superstructure and engine cover were removed and replaced by a new, open superstructure. The first conversion mounted the 10.5-cm leFH18 howitzer, as well as ammunition stowage racks – 48 units were built. The second, as displayed, utilized the 7.5-cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun. Only 24 of these were produced. This gun has been demilitarized.