CdC mle 1930

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Char de Combat modéle 1930
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CdC mle 1930 on excercise sometime in the 1930s
TypeLight tank
Place of origin Yonderre
Service history
In service1930-1940
Used by
Production history
DesignerDépartement de Conception de Chars
Department for Tank Designs
Designed1925-1930
Manufacturer
Produced1930-1933
Number built258
Specifications
Weight4.5 t (5.0 short tons; 4.4 long tons)
Length3.4 m (11 ft 2 in)
Width1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Height1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Crew2 (driver-mechanic, commander)

Armor6–15 mm (0.24–0.59 in)
Main
armament
7.75mm Masenne machine guns with 3960 rounds
EngineAMG 4.39 litre 6-cylinder petrol engine
85 hp
Power/weight18.9 hp/tonne
Transmission5 speed preselected gearbox
Operational
range
200 km (120 mi)
Speed60 km/h (37 mph)

The CdC mle 1930 was a Yonderian light tank of the early Great War period.

History

Although Yonderre was nominally neutral in regards to the Great War it was not disinterested, with numerous military attachés and observers deployed worldwide. These reported back of the new armoured vehicles employed by the warring parts, spurring the developments of similar vehicles in Yonderre. In May of 1923 a department of the Ministry of War, the Department for Tank Designs, was formed to lay out the doctrinal requirements for such a vehicle. By December 1923 the doctrinal requirements were decided on and approved by the Ministry of War, officially disbanding the Department for Tank Designs.

Codenamed Project Chariot, responsibility for development was handed over to the Army Procurement Command, who formed a committe to design the vehicle. Progress was slow however, as the Army Procurement Command went to extreme lengths to test even the most minute details of the vehicle. When in early 1926 the Chief of the Army Matthieu de Stonne was informed of the existence of a report entitled Concerning the effects of seawater's salinity on the rubber tire surrounding the steel road wheels of Project Chariot, he ordered the project be returned to the Ministry of War.

The Ministry of War reformed the Department for Tank Designs who went about developing the vehicle. By January of 1928 a wooden mock-up was presented to de Stonne. A working prototype had been built by July of 1928, and testing commenced soon after. Several shortcomings were discovered and worked out over the next year and a half. By February 1930, the vehicle was approved for service as Char de Combat modéle 1930.

Production

A total of 258 vehicles were delivered to the Yonderian Armed Forces between 1930-1933.

Service

The CdC mle 1930 served in the Yonderian Army from 1930-1940, being relegated to second line service from 1936.

Survivors

17 CdC mle 1930s exist in musea and private collections, of which at least six are in running condition.

See also

List of equipment of the Armed Forces of Yonderre