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Production numbers

All sources seem to contradict on numbers. As always, many publications just copy facts from previous ones. The fact that there where 2 bombings in 1942 and 1943 which are claimed to have wipped out the archives are one part of the story. The other part is of course the forced production by the Germans. As all numbers in a war, everything is an estimate, and subject of who's side your on. Every French Renault worker wil have tried to keep the number as low as possible, but the Germans had Renault in their power grab. The tread of dismanteling and deportation was real. The Billancourt factories and the AHN design where state of the art, and Renault had his governement pressing him in the 1933-1940 period to be able to make as many as possible. The German's of course put it to use of their war effort.

The key piece of information was brought to me by Jacques Mortier. Renault used a system of serial numbers ever since the car production really took off. A sheet of numbers starting from 1907 til 1942 illustrating that there where 60.000 vehicles a year produced in the years before the war.

It's all history now. My only aim is to try and find out how many AHx there were.




This table on top is a cumulation of the numbers, sources known are below that.

AHS AHN 1 AHN 2 AHN 3 AHR

Weigthclass

2 t

3.5 t

3.5 t

3.5 t

5 t

Releasedate

 

Feb 10 1940

 

 

1939

Production Start

 

March 1941

November 1944

June 1946

Late 1939

Production End

 

July 1944

June 1946

1947

 

Production numbers

 

15.610

8.400

2000

 

Planned production 1943

 

7.000

 -

 

 

Production 1943

 

1.730

 -

 

 

Planned production 1944

 

9.860

 -

 

 

Production 1944

 

2.138

 -

 

 

Chassisnumbers

 

from 1008234

 

 

1018500 - 1036500


François Vauvillier's book "l'automobile sous l'uniforme" indicates that:

  • About 28.000 Renault trucks have been produced for the Germans during the occupation (AHS, AHN, AHR, AGC, ADK, ADH etc.).

  • About 23.000 Renault AHS trucks were used by the Germans (booty and new produced ones).

  • From 1941 to 1944, 4000 Renault AHN and 2000 Renault AHR were produced for the German army.

  • In 1943, 704 AGC3 were deliverd.


  • 1939 920200 980700 1940 980700 1008300 1941 1008300 1027400 1942 1027400 1036000

    Holger's KFZ der Wehrmacht mentions:

  • Renault AHS 1941-1944 2.0 ca. 23,000

  • Renault AHN 1941-1944 3.5 ca. 4,000

  • Renault AHR 1941-1944 5.0 ca. 2,000


  • The History article Has a table with specifications and production numbers.

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