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Panzer 35H is a German Tank unit.

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Main article: Hotchkiss H35/39

The H35 was a French cavalry tank that entered production in 1936, after Hotchkiss submitted its own proposal for a light infantry tank and received a contract with the French army. However, the H35 was rejected by the infantry due to insufficient protection and very poor handling off-road. As it was politically impossible to scrap the contract, the tanks were instead forced upon the cavalry, which would not have received any newer tanks otherwise. The reliance on roads to travel would have compensated for the H35's faulty gearbox and poor off-road capabilities. However, the short-barreled SA 18 37mm gun remained a concern, offering limited firepower.

The H35 was scheduled to be replaced entirely with an upgraded model, the Hotchkiss H39, featuring numerous improvements and a more powerful gun in response to the cavalry's feedback and requests. 350 tanks were rebuilt with new guns (out of 1200 total manufactured), but failed to greatly affect the outcome of the war. 550 tanks of both were captured and pressed into German service, with the H35 designated Panzerkampfwagen 35H 734(f).

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