35 guns seems like a lot merely for trial and experimental purposes, particularly when budgets were so strained. An alternative hypothesis is that as these were marketed as having a dual anti-aircraft/anti-tank capability they were acquired (at least in the main) to augment the defences of Egypt during the Abyssinian crisis. The British Defence of Egypt, 1935-40. Conflict and Crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean. By Steve Morewood (2004), p.50. The Chiefs of Staff memorandum COS 444, 1st March 1936, also mentions “28 Hotchkiss A/T” deployed in Egypt’s fixed defences.