Char léger Hotchkiss 1938 Modèle H

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General info

The H.39 in the garage.

The Char léger Hotchkiss 1938 Modèle H (Hotchkiss light tank 1938 model H) is a Rank I French light tank with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance". The H.39 features a potent gun, an improved armour thickness from its predecessor while keeping the same engine, which makes it, even fully upgraded, a very slow-paced tank.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

As a rank 1 French tank, this vehicle is quite reluctant to its likes: under-powered engine and gun with a decent armour at distances. This is a close support tank that is best used in urban maps, following its teammates and waiting for a good shot opportunity.

Vehicle characteristics

Armour:

With a rather constant 50 mm effective thickness from all sides, this tank can certainly take a good beating if spotted at distances (500+ m). Avoid facing heavy guns and you should survive long-range engagements. From closer, you are vulnerable...but you actually need to close in with your foes in order to have a chance (see "Firepower"). With only 2 crewmen, any penetrating shot could be your last.

Firepower:

This is a better gun than its predecessor in every possible way. Not only does this shoots actual AP shells (more shrapnel on penetrating shots) but it also got 50% more penetration while keeping the same (long) reload rate. Know your enemy's inside well, target its gunner first or immobilize it by shooting at the engine. Take your time while aiming as every shot is important. Remember your opponents mainly have twice your firing rate and more penetration. Avoid long range engagements as your gun's penetration values decrease heavily.

Mobility:

While not having the best mobility, this tank surely can carry its user wherever it wants, provided there is not too steep hills and/or soft ground: this tank's narrow tracks and low power ratio makes for a poor cross-country capability (for a tracked vehicle).

Tactics

Use the same tactics as with other French rank 1 vehicles: follow the pack and take a few shots whenever the opportunity shows. Use your decent mobility to assist short flanking manoeuvres (i.e.:in urban maps) and fire at your foe's weak sides.

Hull down

In hilly terrain, stick with your teammates near the capture point and wait for anything to fall in your sights. Make sure to immobilize the target on your first shot. As your reload time is quite slow and half of your crew resides in the exposed turret, get back into cover for the reload time and pop out a few meters away from your last spot.

Specific enemies worth noting

With such little post-penetration damage and poor reload rates, this tank may have a hard time killing its foes from a distance. Here is some tanks you will be able to take out even at 500+ m.

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USA
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Germany
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USSR
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Britain
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Japan
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Italy
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France
LVT(A)(1)
M13 MGC
M3 GMC
Pz.35(t)
Pz.38(t) A
Panzerjäger I
Flakpanzer I
Flakpanzer 38(t) Gepard
Pz.III B
BT-5
BT-7
T-26
T-26-4
SU-5-1
4M GAZ-AAA
DShK GAZ AAA
Tetrarch Mk I
Daimler AC Mk.II
Type 94
Ta-Se
N/A AMC.34 YR
AMC.35 (ACG.1)
AMR.35 ZT3
P4T AA

Counter-tactics

If you happen to drive a heavy-hitter (SPG or anything with good long-range shells), do not risk yourself at getting close to the H.39: fire at it from a distance.

Most SPAAs should flee such heavy armour but if you happen to catch it from the side, spread it to the turret ring and it should be dead in no time.

Multi-layered armour and 35+ mm plates are very effective against this tank's gun: angle yourself and try a few shots. Caution: do not get spotted by its allies.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Tiny profile
  • Tiny tank
  • Has MAC 31 coaxial MG
  • Better engine than its predecessor
  • -13° of gun depression
  • Has LOCK, which makes stop-and-shoot tactics easier and faster.
  • Decent reverse speed of -7 km/h
  • Can be very strongly angled due to thick side armour (up to ~60 mm LOS thickness)
  • Arguably the best French rank 1 vehicle.

Cons:

  • Only one choice of ammunition.
  • That one choice has no explosive filler
  • Only two crew members, one knocked out means tank destroyed.
  • Long reload time
  • Narrow tracks means poor ground flotation.
  • Poor penetration

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 37 mm SA38 L/33 cannon (76 rounds)
1 x 7,5 mm MAC 31 machine gun (2,400 rounds)

Main armament

1 x 37 mm SA38 L/33 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 76 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -13°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 9.3°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 7.8s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 37 mm SA38 L/33 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 76 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -13°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 9.3°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 7.8s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 37 mm SA38 L/33 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 76 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -13°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 9.3°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 7.8s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay in m: Fuse sensitivity in mm: Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30° from horizontal: Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
Mle1938 47 44 37 28 20 17 APC 705 0.7 N/A N/A N/A ° 42° 27° 19°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the H.39
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
76 75 (+1) 10 (+66) (+75) Turret empty:  () Yes

Secondary armament

7.5 mm MAC 31 machine gun (coaxial)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Driver

Total: 2 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Cast homogeneous armour
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 40 mm (8-87°) Front plate
22 mm (75-85°), 40 mm (31°) Front glacis
40 mm (30°) Lower glacis
40 mm (1-33°)
40 mm (1-2°)
40 mm (24-30°) Top
40 mm (9-32°) Bottom
22 mm
Turret 45 + 25 mm (5°) Turret front
45 mm (28-30°) Left side
25 mm (10-19°) Gun mantlet
40 mm (1-27°) 40 mm (8-63°) 25 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 40 mm 40 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels, bogies, and tracks are all 15 mm thick.
  • Turret ring is 5 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 12.1 ton

Max Speed: 41 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 130 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 10.74 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 39°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 12.1 ton

Max Speed: 36 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 106 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 8.76 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 12.1 ton

Max Speed: __ km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 106 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 8.76 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the _____ from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-fra.png H.39
Nation France
Type Light tank
Rank 1
Battle Rating
1.3
1.3
1.3

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
12,100 kg
26,676 lb
Number of Crew 2
Hull armour thickness
40/40/40/22 mm
1.57/1.57/1.57/0.87 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
130 hp
106 hp
106 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
160 hp
120 hp
120 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
10.74
10.92
8.76
8.90
8.76
8.90
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
13.22
13.43
9.92
10.08
9.92
10.08
Max speed
41 km/h
25.2 mph
36 km/h
22.7 mph
36 km/h
22.7 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 37 mm SA38 L/33 Cannon
Ammo stowage 76 rounds
Vertical guidance -13°/20°
Secondary Weapon
1 x 7.5 mm MAC 31 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 2,400 rounds
Mount Coaxial
Economy
Required RP 4,000 RP
Vehicle cost 2,100 SL
Crew training cost 600 SL
Max repair cost*
290 SL
350 SL
360 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
16m
32m
32m
Free repair time (Upgraded)
5m
10m
10m
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