Spanish armored cars (AAC-1937)

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History

Armored cars AAC-1937 (Autometralladora blindado medio Chevrolet-1937) created in Spain in the period of Civil War were used by German units.

These armored cars were created under the effect of the Soviet armored cars BA-6. Armored cars had a number of differences from the Soviet armored cars, the greatest differences were located in the armoring of radiator and the turrets of other constructions.

France seized Chevrolet 1937 from Republican troops that crossed to France through the Pyrenees to flee Franco's Forces. In June 1940, the Chevrolet re-equipped french units during the last stage of France campaign.

We can estimate 20 the number of Chevrolet re-equipped french units.

 

French AAC-1937 abandoned in May 1940, plate M95551

  (From e-shop)

 French AAC-1937 captured in May 1940, plate M95528

  (From e-shop)  

 They were reused by germans in Russia. We identified 4 different AAC-1937 with name Leopard, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger.

Leopard

Armored car AAC-1937 captured germans, western front, 1941.

(Picture from Militaria No 179 "Moscow 1941 ")

(Picture from book Regenberger, Dr. Werner: Scheiben. Horst. Beutepanzer unterm Balkenkreuz.)

Probably this armored car abandoned near Moscow (Borodino field?).

(From old soviet photograph album "Battle for Moscow")

Jaguar

(Picture from book Regenberger, Dr. Werner: Scheiben. Horst. Beutepanzer unterm Balkenkreuz.)

Panther

AAC-1937 probably from 267 Inf.Div. used counter partizans on the Eastern front.

Armored car had a "Panther" name. Note a non-standard antenna mount on the right side.

(Probably from e-shop)

Tiger

AAC-1937 from unidentified unit. On the right board put "Tiger" name.

(Picture from exposition "Poklonnaya Gora" in Moscow)

Gepard

Germans captured Spanish armored cars AAC-1937 (Panzerspahwagen AAC-1937) french 3,7-cm KWK Puteaux armed from unknown unit moves on burning village. Possibly this AC had name "Gepard". East Front, 1941.
(From documentary film "Unknown war" series "The goths ride east")