Hotchkiss Transmission Старый солдат
Benjamin Berkeley Hotchkiss was born in Watertown, Connecticut in 1826 .
| Laffly-Hotchkiss vehicles included cars, ambulances, tankers, carriers, and prime movers and were more often than not designed by Laffly but with Hotchkiss engines and often manufactured by both companies. Almost all the larger military vehicles featured the additional set of small front wheels to help the vehicle overcome obstacles. The vehicle shown on the left is a 1939 Hotchkiss R15R Command & Reconnaissance 4x4 which was designed and built by Hotchkiss rather than one of the more numerous collaborative Laffly-Hotchkiss products. By this time Hotchkiss were also producing tanks for the French army's Light Armoured Division (Division Legere Mecanique).
In 1955 the French Army took advantage of Hotchkiss' licence from Willys and ordered some new MB jeeps to meet its growing need for jeeps. This was only ever meant to be a stop gap measure whilst waiting for the new improved Delahaye jeep to be produced. Like the first civilian jeeps Hotchkiss produced the first batch of licence MBs had to be assembled from imported parts. Production capacity in the factory at Boulevard Ornano, Carrefour Pleyel, St-Denis (see picture above) was small but the assembly of MB jeeps was under way before the end of the year alongside the first completely French built JH-101 civilian jeep. Hotchkiss manufactured two civilian jeep models, the JH 101, which was superseded by the JH 102. The military M201 jeep was produced as two distinct models, the standard jeep and the Sahara. All other variants of the M201 were conversions to either of the standard models that were carried out by ERGM at la Maltournee.
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