The origin of the name Hotchkiss. Benjamin Berkeley Hotchkiss was born in Watertown, Connecticut in He became a skilled designer in the family's engineering business with a passion for weapons but having failed to interest the US Government in his designs he moved to France where he set up the Hotchkiss Company in In his first factory at Route de Gonesse in Saint-Denis close to Paris he began producing weapons and explosives for the French Government.
Hotchkiss died in but the company continued with his personal passion, the development of a truly automatic machine-gun. Modifications and improvements resulted in the definitive 'Hotchkiss gun' by and the weapon became one of the standard gas-operated heavy machine guns used by Britain, France and Japan. At the turn of the century the company diversified into making components for motor cars and then vehicles.
Hotchkiss was on its way to becoming one of the largest and most important mechanical and auto engineering companies in France. Production capacity in the factory at Boulevard Ornano, Carrefour Pleyel, St-Denis see picture above was small but the assembly of MB jeeps was under way before the end of the year alongside the first completely French built JH civilian jeep.
Hotckiss jeep production - What happened to the Hotchkiss marque? The badge for the 'Automobiles Hotchkiss' marque consisted of a pair of crossed cannons - in reference to the company's origin see top of page. In the Hotchkiss Company produced its first military Разогналась - DJ Цветкофф* + PPK + Triplex - MP3 (3В1)an armoured car equipped with a machine gun located on the rear.
The 'Automitrailleuse' is shown opposite and, ironically, having been ordered by the Sultan of Turkey the vehicles were captured by his enemies during the delivery process and ended up being used to depose him. Almost all the larger military vehicles featured the additional set of small front wheels to help the vehicle overcome obstacles.
Henry Ainsworth, M. After the war he returned to France to re-establish Hotchkiss as a motor manufacturer. In the French Army took advantage of Hotchkiss' licence from Willys and ordered Funky Love - Jimmy Mamou - Funky Love new MB jeeps to meet its growing need for jeeps.
This was only ever meant to be a stop gap measure whilst waiting Разогналась - DJ Цветкофф* + PPK + Triplex - MP3 (3В1) the new improved Delahaye jeep to be produced.
Like the first civilian jeeps Hotchkiss produced the first batch of licence MBs had to be assembled from imported Разогналась - DJ Цветкофф* + PPK + Triplex - MP3 (3В1). By the end of the French army decided to stick with the simple and proven MB design rather than continue to consider more advanced jeeps from other manufacturers. These included Delahaye who had now been taken over by Hotchkiss to form Hotchkiss-Delahaye. In Hotchkiss merged with Brandt to create Hotchkiss-Brandt and it was from the Brandt factory complete with test track in Stains on the Northern outskirts of Paris that the majority of the 27, Hotchkiss M jeeps based on the original MB design were produced for the French Government between and Hotchkiss dropped car Philadelphia Freedom - Ike & Tina Turner - Ike & Tina Turner Volume 2 to produce a range of military vehicles during the 50's and 60's.
This was hardly surprising as the designs were technologically very much out of date! In the same year a collaborative project began between France, W. Germany, and Italy to develop a new amphibious 'Europa-Jeep'. In Hotchkiss ceased producing vehicles all together, by the company was simply known as Thomson-Brandt SA, and in the VCL project was cancelled. Like so many other famous motor vehicle manufacturers, the Hotchkiss marque had finally disappeared.
Thomson-Brandt was nationalised in to form the giant Thomson. Management passed from ex-army officers to civilian directors and the company became much less dependant on military contracts by moving into the domestic electronics market. M Licence MB - 6 volt. CJ-3B Licence. St-Denis assembled.
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