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AMD 35/Panhard 178

Armored Car


Specifications

Country of Origin/Used by: France and Germany
First Produced/Service Dates: 1935
Manufactured by: Panhard et Levassor
Crew: 4
Armament: Main: 25mm Cannon; Co-Axial: 7.5mm Machine Gun (A spare MG was also carried)
Engine: 4 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: The Automitrailleuse de Decouverte (Armored "Exploration" Scout Vehicle) Model 1935 (AMD 35) was one of the most successful early WWII era armored cars used by any nation.  The AMD 35 is also referred to as the Panhard 178, which was actually an internal company designation.  As with most other successful military vehicle designs, the "Pan-Pan" was also built in other "official" variants including the Armee du Nord ("Tropicalized"), Camouflage de Materiel (CDM), "Colonial-Type" (for use in Indochina), Command Vehicle (Radio) and Special Command Vehicle (with an armored casemate). Not surprising, the Panhard hull was also utilized for many "one-off" (or a very small number) conversions as well. These "small-batch" armored cars used a myriad of weapons from small caliber machine guns all the way to anti-tank cannons. Also, many mounted armored superstructures instead of turrets.  Not only were the turrets of vehicles removed to build these vehicles, but there was a fairly large number of vehicles never fitted with turrets as they were unfinished at the time of France's capitulation.  

In addition, Germany used many captured French vehicles during WW II and designated them
PanzerSpahwagen P.204 (f). Like France, Germany also modified some vehicles to Radio Vehicles [designated PzSpw.204 (Fu)] as well as some to Railway Protection Vehicles.  The Germans also used a few turretless hulls and fitted them with non-standard weapons/mounts.  These include at least one with an armored superstructure fitted with a 5cm Kwk 38 L/42 Cannon and a few others mounting German machine guns/turrets; some even from Luftwaffe aircraft such as the JU-87 Stuka and HE-111.  The uparmed Panhard 178B was the final incarnation of this design, serving with the French during the immediate post-WWII War era.
Data Sheet Available:   Panhard 178 Armored Car Datasheet by David Haugh

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
  French Panhard 178 Prototype Photo David Haugh - Content Editor
French Panhard 178 Photos David Haugh
French Panhard 178 Photos (Taken at Musee' des Blindes - Saumur, France) Christophe Jacquemont - Washington, D.C. USA
French Panhard 178 Exterior Photos (Taken at Musee' des Blindes - Saumur, France) Dennis Trowbridge - Bristol, UK
French Panhard 178 Interior Photos (Taken at Musee' des Blindes - Saumur, France) Dennis Trowbridge
  French Panhard 178 Photo Wikipedia via Josef Gierse
  French Panhard 178 Photo Wikipedia via W. Hanske
  French Panhard 178 Photo Wikipedia via Pp Pachy
  French Panhard 178 (Radio) Command Vehicle Photo David Haugh
 French Panhard 178 Special Command Vehicle Photo David Haugh
  Vichy French Panhard 178 Photo (with no cannon, but with two machine guns) David Haugh
    German Panzerspahwagen P. 204 (f) Photos David Haugh
  German SS PanzerSpahWagen P.204 (fu) Radio Car Photo David Haugh
  German Panzerspahwagen P. 204 (f) Radio Cars and Vehicle with 5cm 38 KwK L42 Cannon Photo David Haugh
  German Panzerspahwagen P. 204 (f) with 5cm 38 KwK L42 Cannon Photo David Haugh
  German Panzerspahwagen P. 204 (f) Railway Protection Vehicle Photo German Bundesarchiv
      German Panzerspahwagen P. 204 (f) Railway Protection Vehicle Photos David Haugh
Panhard 178/PzSpahWagen P.204 (f) Line Drawings David Haugh

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
"French Armored Cars: 1902-1945"  By Raymond Surle'mont Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #22)
Panhard AMD 178 Armored Car Information & Photos Chars Francais.net
Panhard AMD 178 Armored Car Information & Photos Military-Factory.com
Panhard AMD 178 Armored Car Information & Photos Tank Encylopedia.com
Panhard AMD 178 Armored Car Information & Photos Keith's Wargames Site
Panhard AMD 178 Armored Car Line Drawings The Blue-Prints.com
Panhard AMD 178 Armored Car Photos (via Vladamir Yakubov) Silicon Valley Scale Modelers - IPMS/USA

Printed

Reference Author
AMD 35 Panhard 178 (Wydawnictwo Militaria #244 Tank Power Vol. 23) Janusz  Ledwoch
AMD 35 Panhard 178 -Trackstory #14 (Editions du Barbotin) Pascal Danjou
A Photo History of Armoured Cars in Two World Wars George Forty
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two (Revised) Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle
"French Protection" (May 2017 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) Sheldon Rogers
"Long Hard Road, The" (October 2016 Issue of Airfix Model World Magazine) [Covers a build of the 1/35 ICM Panzerspahwagen P204(f) Model Kit] Bill Curtis
Panhard 178 - Focus #6 (Editions du Barbotin) Pascal Danjou
Panhard 178-Trackstory #2

Jim Pearsall's Review at IPMS/USA

Editions du Barbotin
Panhard Armoured Car: 1961 Onwards (AML 60, AML 90 and Eland) (Haynes Publishing) Simon Dunstan
Panhard Armoured Cars - AFV Weapons Profile #39 R.M. Ogorkiewicz

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Panhard 178 Armored Car Model Kit (326) Al-By 1/35 Out of Production
Panhard 178 Armored Car Model Kit (701) Al-By 1/72 Resin
Panhard Vichy 178 Twin MG Armed Armored Car Model Kit (727) Al-By 1/72 Resin
Panhard 178 Command Car Model Kit (886) Al-By 1/72 Resin
Panhard 178 Armored Car Model Kit with 37mm Gun & Renault Turret (852) Al-By 1/72 Resin
Panzerspahwagen P.204 (f) Armored Car Model Kit Dragon/DML 1/35 Out of Production; Re-release of the Al-By Kit with French and German Decals
Panzerspahwagen P.204 (f) Armored Car (Railway Version) Model Kit Dragon/DML 1/35 Out of Production; Re-release of the Al-By Kit with French and German Decals, Rail-wheels and Frame Antenna.  Can be built as regular armored Car also.
Panhard 178 Armored Car Model Kit (7214) Extra-Tech Accessories 1/72 Resin and Photo Etch Brass
Panhard 178 Armored Car Model Kit (50012) Gaso.Line 1/48 Resin; Out of Production?
Panzerspahwagen P.204 (f) Armored Car (Railway Version) Model Kit (50012K) Gaso.Line 1/48 Resin; Out of Production?
Panhard 178 AMD-35 Armored Car Model Kit (35373) ICM 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic; Proported to be a First Series Production Model.  Tamiya also re-boxed this kit with extras as kit #32411.
Panhard 178 Model Kit with French Armoured Vehicle Crew (35381) ICM 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic. Comes with a vehicle crew set.
Panhard 178 AMD-35 Command Vehicle Model Kit (35375) ICM 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
German Panzerspahwagen P 204(f) Armored Car Model Kit (35374) ICM 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
German Panzerspähwagen P 204 (f) Railway Version Model Kit (35376) ICM 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
German Panhard P 204(f) Armored Car Model Kit with Crew (35382) ICM 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
German P 204(f) Armored Car with CDM Turret Model Kit (35377) ICM 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
Panhard 178 Armored Car Model Kit (3554) Masterbox 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic; Announced but not released.
Kwk 38L/42 auf. Panzerspahwagen P.204 (f) Armored Car Model Kit (3556) Masterbox 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic; Announced but not released.
Panzerspahwagen P.204 (f) Armored Car Model Kit Revell of Germany 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic. Rebox of ICM Model Kit 35374.
Panhard 178 Armored Car Model Kit (72300) RPM 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic
Panzerspahwagen P.204 (f) Armored Car Model Kit (72301) RPM 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic
Panhard 178 Armored Car Model Kit with 37mm Gun & Renault Turret (72304) RPM 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic; Alternate Turret Provided.
French Armored Car (Panhard) AMD35 "1940" Model Kit (32411) Tamiya 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic; ICM Kit (35373?) with Extras
German Panzerspähwagen P204(f) Railway Model Kit (32413) Tamiya 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic; ICM Kit (35376) with Extras?
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
25mm Gun Barrel for Panhard 178/PzSpahW P204 (f) (757) ARMO 1/72 Turned Aluminum
37mm Gun Barrel for Panhard 178 with Renault Turreted Vehicle(758) ARMO 1/72 Turned Aluminum
AMD 35 Panhard 178 (1st Series) Wheel Set (35401) Azimut Productions 1/35 Resin & Photo-Etched.  For the ICM Early Version Model Kit.
AMD Panhard 178 Turret Set (35403) Azimut Productions 1/35 Resin & Photo-Etched.
AMD Panhard 178 Hull Update Set (35404) Azimut Productions 1/35 Resin & Photo-Etched.
AMD Panhard 178 Command Set (35405) Azimut Productions 1/35 Resin & Photo-Etched.
AMD 178 Stowage Set (BL35317K) Blast Models 1/35 Resin. For ICM Kits.
Panzerspahwagen P.204 (f) Armored Car Detail Set Eduard 1/35 For Dragon/Al-By Kit; Out of Production
Panhard 178 6e & 8e Cuirassiers Decal Set (35009) Histopic Decals 1/35 Decals.
Panhard 178 2e GRDI & 2e RAM Decal Set (35010) Histopic Decals 1/35 Decals.
Panhard Wheel Set (35065) Hussar Productions 1/35 Resin.
Panhard 178 Wheels (35610) Mac One Models 1/35 Resin; For ICM Kits.
Panhard 178 (WW2) Wheel Set (MR-35501) MR Modellbau 1/35 Resin; For ICM Kit
French Army AMD 35 Panhard 178 Upgrade Set and Gun Barrel (MR-35498) MR Modellbau 1/35 Resin and Brass Barrel; For ICM Kit
French Vichy Army AMD 35 Panhard 178 Upgrade Set and Barrel (MR-35530) MR Modellbau 1/35 Resin and Brass Barrel; For ICM Kit
German Wehrmacht P204(f) Panhard 178 Upgrade Set and Gun Barrel (MR-35529) MR Modellbau 1/35 Resin and Brass Barrel; For ICM Kit
Panhard 178 Road Wheels (RE35-388) Panzer Art 1/35 Resin.
Panhard 178 Turret with Zeltbahn Camouflage Net (RE35-426) Panzer Art 1/35 Resin.
German Panhard 178 Armored Car Stowage Set (RE35-521) Panzer Art 1/35 Resin.
"SS-Totenkopf: Invasion of France 1940" (35-C1180) Star-Decals 1/35 Decals; Includes markings for the Panhard AMD 178 Armored Car.
Panhard 178 Exterior Details (35012) V-Models 1/35 Photo-Etch. For ICM Kits.
Panhard 178 Turret Interior Details (35013) V-Models 1/35 Photo-Etch. For ICM Kit #?.
Panhard 178 Interior of Fighting Compartment (35014) V-Models 1/35 Photo-Etch. For ICM Kit #?.
Panhard 178 Turret Interior Details -Type 2 (35017) V-Models 1/35 Photo-Etch. For ICM Kit #?.
Panhard 178 Radio ER-26  (35018) V-Models 1/35 Photo-Etch. For ICM Kits.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider