Laffly S15

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Laffly S15
Laffly S15R Saumur 01.jpg
S15R on display at Musée des Blindés.
Type gun tractor
Place of origin  France
Specifications (S15T)
Weight 2.85
Length 4.64
Width 1.85
Height 2.15
Crew 2 + 3 passengers

Armor none
Engine 4-cylinder, petrol, 2300 cc
55 hp
Payload capacity 800 kg
Suspension front: coil springs, rear: leaf springs, independent wheels
Speed 72 km/h

The Laffly S15 was a familty of all-terrain military vehicles from French manufacturer Laffly that shared the same six-wheel drive chassis. They were used by French forces during World War II.

Variants[edit]

  • The Laffly S15T was a light artillery tractor that was used to tow light field artillery pieces such as modernized variants of the 75 mm mle 1897 field gun and Canon de 105 court mle 1935 B howitzer.
  • A personnel carrier and reconnaissance vehicle based on the same chassis was designated as Laffly S15R. It had a different, lighter rear cab and a different transmission that allowed for higher road speed.
  • The Laffly S15TOE (théâtre d'opérations extérieures: "overseas theatre of operations") was a scout car designed and built for service in French African colonies. The S15 chassis was preserved, but an armoured cabin protected the engine and crew, with a small turret that was armed with one single Reibel machine gun.
  • The Laffly W15T was a low-profile version of the S15T. It was made by Hotchkiss and was used to tow the 47 mm Model 1931 anti-tank gun.
  • The ambulance version was named S15L.
  • W-15 TCC (Chasseur de char, "tank hunter") - 47mm SA mle 1937 anti-tank gun produced in hase in mid-1940.

Foreign use[edit]

When France delivered 41 Renault R-35 tanks to Romania in 1939, a number of Laffly S15T artillery tractors were also delivered. These gun tractors were used by the 2nd Armoured Regiment's support services.[1][2]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Scafes, p.11
  2. ^ Axworthy, p.37
Bibliography
  • Axworthy, Mark; Scafes, Cornel; Craciunoiu, Cristian (1995). Third Axis, Fourth Ally: Romanian Armed Forces in the European War, 1941-1945. London: Arms and Armour. ISBN 1-85409-267-7. 
  • G.N. Georgano, World War Two Military Vehicles: Transport & Halftracks, Osprey Publishing, 2004, ISBN 1-85532-406-7
  • Scafes, Cornel I; Scafes, Ioan I; Serbanescu, Horia Vl (2005). Trupele Blindate din Armata Romana 1919-1947. Bucuresti: Editura Oscar Print. ISBN 973-668-084-3
  • Vauvillier, F. & Touraine, J.-M. L'automobile sous l'uniforme 1939-40, Massin, 1992, ISBN 2-7072-0197-9