Can anyone please inform me if the Renault UE & Hotchkiss 25mm anti-tank gun were in use with any of the Vichy colonial Army of the Levant units ( particulary la Legion ! ) circa 1941 ?
In the French magazine Armes Militaria Hors-Sï¿½rie #50 "De l'Irak ï¿½ la Syrie 1941" there are a few photos of the UE in Lebanon/Syria.
On p. 26, we can see 7 UE with the leading 2 each pulling a 25mm (but no trailer) during a parade in Alep in the spring of 1940. The captions of the other pictures of this parade say it is the 86e Division d'infanterie d'Afrique so maybe they belong to that division? The UE and guns are one colour, one UE towing a gun has the registration 93 695 and the second UE towing a gun is 95?63 (I cannot read the middle number, and note that there is a space in the first UE's number but not in the second one). They also both have a (divisional?) sign on the front right hull.
On p. 32, we can see part of a UE belonging to the 13e Demi-Brigade de la Lï¿½gion ï¿½trangï¿½re according to the caption.
P. 54, we see a very dusty UE pulling a tracked trailer with the name "Narvik" on the front. The caption says it belongs to the 1re Division Franï¿½aise Libre and because of the name, to the 13e Demi-Brigade. The soldiers on the UE and the trailer appear to be wearing British uniforms and equipment.
Finally on p. 65, there is a UE towing both a trailer and a 25mm with British (or Australian soldiers) sitting on the UE and trailer. On the back of the trailer there are the usual French markings plus the number 61 painted by hand with no stencil. (On the same page we see a few Australian soldiers repainting a captured Renault R-35.)
I hope this helps.
Regards from Canada.
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