The most numerous and perfect WWII French armoured vehicle was the AMD-35. It was designed by Panhard Company as reconnaissance vehicle for cavalry.
It’s serial production was launched in 1934. It was named Panhard 178. Thоse vehicles had rear engines and all-wheel drive. Their main armament was the 25 mm anti-tank gun. There were produced 551 vehicles up to 1940.
As part of the French Army cavalry units Panhard 178 took part in combats in the spring of 1940. More than 200 vehicles were captured by the German army and under the designation Pz.späh.204 (f) used in the Wehrmacht. 43 vehicles were converted to railcars for BP 42 armoured trains.