Panhard EBR

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  1. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Watching Tour de France has got me in a French mood.

    I want to like the EBR but those metal wheels are odd. Seems a lot of trouble to have the ability to raise them off the ground when not needed. I'd like it better if it had eight standard wheels with rubber all around.

    Not a lot of info on the web about them. Engine must have been under the turret. I'd like to learn more if anyone has any good links.

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  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Everything with an oscillating turret is good.
    Especially low-slung multi-wheel armoured cars.

    And like all wheel-cum-track things, anything with weird drivetrains pleases my eye.
    So there. :D
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  4. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    It is racy looking.
    And went just as fast in reverse as forward. I tried to resist but sometime the French make it too easy ;)

    I had seen the DeGaulle funeral before, Owen. Very nice and very fitting.
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  6. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    That's a lot of driveshafts!

    Looks like a flat 12 in that picture, as suspected. Any info available on that?
  7. von Poop

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    Almost like one big circular one? That is odd, isn't it.
    Not surprisingly odd given how odd the whole thing is, but still odd.

    That dropping wheels for extra traction thing. There's a few here and there by different nations, but France tried very similar to the EBR with different marks of Somua AMR, A35 etcSeems to be an idea that grabbed them:

    Some pics, with apologies for quality - grabbed from the late lamented George Forty's book on armoured cars:

    Gendron AMR Somua - 1934

    Gendron AMR somua.jpg

    Gendron AMR Somua 35


    And then maybe the heart of postwar EBR's origins - the original 37/38 jobbies, also called EBR.

    EBR 37 (AA): No idea yet if went beyond concept:
    ebr 37.jpg

    And the 1938. Fascinatingly, he says it was moved to N Africa when Germany attacked. then buried... and still lost:
    Amr38 - AMD201.jpg
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  8. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Check out the BRDM. The middle two axles are chain driven. I've seen the Iraqi one at Fort Benning

    BRDM - Wikipedia
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  10. Owen

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    Went to the char d'assaut memorial 2 weeks ago & the EBR & AMX have gone, been replaced with a reproduction Schneider , good idea as it is a WW1 memorial. char 1.JPG char 2.JPG char 3.JPG
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