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?|It has excellent armor for its tier and the angular turret and hull are effective in causing shots to bounce. This tank is best played as a front line haevy tank, bouncing hits and using your DPM to your advantage. Like other low tier French tanks, it has a low top speed and poor gun handling characteristics. The upgraded engine only adds 10 additional horsepower and does little to mitigate the problem.+
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?It starts with the 37 mm SA38 which has serviceable penetration and handling for a stock gun. The first "upgrade", the short-barreled 47 mm SA34, offers worse accuracy and abysmal penetration for a small increase in damage and should be avoided. It it best to upgrade to the quick firing 25 mm Raccourci or the 47 mm SA35 - the latter is an essential module in the AMX 40 tree.+
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?This tank is often thought of as one of the worst tanks in the game, and if not played properly is absolutely horrendous in every way.+
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?* Very well armored+
?* Oddly shaped turret will confuse people on where to fire+
?* Diesel engine - has a reduced chance of engine fire+
?* 25 mm cannon is quick firing, accurate (relatively), and fast aiming, though having less damage per round+
?* 47 mm SA35 has decent damage for the tier+
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?* Slow+
?* Extremely poor gun depression on the 25 mm Raccourci; also loses the gun mantlet with this gun+
?* Poor rate of fire, accuracy, and aiming time on the 47 mm SA35+
?* Almost completely useless in a Tier 5 battle+
?* Below average view range, signal range, and hitpoints+
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?The AMX 38 performs almost exactly like its child, the AMX 40. Slow and lumbering with excellent armor and halfway decent firepower, the AMX 38 can, given the right team, in a top tier match, give you the feeling that you're playing a heavy. If you're at the top, play like a heavy, as your armor can take the hits as a general rule, and most tanks below you will most assuredly bounce their shots. Take extreme care if you're at the bottom and there are Tier 5s in the battle with you - tanks such as the KV-1, M4 Sherman, and T-34 will eat you alive. Be mindful of attacking in uneven terrain, as the below average gun depression even with the SA35 may hinder your ability to hit a target. Also be mindful even in Tier 3 games of enemy tank destroyers, as most will not have any problems with your armor.+
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?For its tier the AMX 38 is superior to the AMX 40 in nearly every way, with a high enough HP/ton to actually keep it at its top speed, guns more capable at its own tier, and no frontal weakspot. In that regard the AMX 38 generally won't be nearly as ineffective or a pain to play as the AMX 40. In most regards though they play very much alike, with minor upgrades to HP, armor, and armament.+
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?* The 25 mm Canon Raccourci mle. 1934 and ER 53 radio carry over from the [[Hotchkiss H35]] and can both be mounted immediately.+
?* First, research the AMX 38 série suspension.+
?* Depending on whether you want more firepower or more speed, research either the 47 mm SA34 gun, followed by the 47 mm SA35 gun, or the Aster M engine. Since the top engine only has 10 more horsepower than the stock, it is probably better to research the guns first.+
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?Camouflage Net, Binocular Telescope, Small Spall Liner, Coated Optics, Enhanced Gun Laying Drive, Improved Ventilation Class 1+
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?The "Light Tank" AMX is a project of 1937 (draft July 1937). It does not seem to insert it in the 20t Tank Program. It's more renewed in heavier, R 35 which attempts to improve the short run. It can also be seen as a successor of lighter D2. According to "Chariots of France", it was a competitor of the Renault DAC 1. It was adopted in 1938 under the name AMX 38 and there where built, it seems, only 2 copies.+
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?The tank had a crew of two, a tank commander / gunner / radioman and a driver.+
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?It can be estimated, the tank had a design weight of 18 tons. So in fact, it would be more a medium tank then a true light tank.+
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?The dimensions are, length: 5280 mm Overall width: 1930 mm Overall height: 2227 mm (box height: 1427 mm).+
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?Apart from the top turret (as FCM), it has a modern form (i.e. like a Pz III). It is characterized by a flat plate hull, probably screwed as was the D2. Only the front was molded/welded. The base has a prismatic shape characteristic. The tank is armed with a 47 SA 35 turret (37 SA 38 on the first prototype). Some designs include a 37 SA 18 turret. The turret is molded and mounted in the center axis on double ball path. It looks like the turret Batignolles studied for the Light Infantry Tank.+
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?The tracks and suspensions are technical AMX (Engineer Molina) very similar to those of R 40: many small road wheels, vertical pendulum springs. Each train has 16 four-wheel drive and support rollers. +
?The wheels are protected by a metal sheet, similar as the D2.+
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?Although the drawings were ready, the tank was not manufactured in series.+
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?image:Amx38_05.jpg{{!}}AMX 38+
?image:Amx38_1.jpg{{!}}AMX 38+
?image:Amx38.jpg{{!}}AMX 38+
?image:Fra-CharAMX38-LightTank.jpg{{!}}AMX 38+
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?Jean-Pierre VALANTIN+
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?* [https://www.chars-francais.net/new/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=797&Itemid=36 '''<i>1937 CHAR AMX 38 at chars-francais.net</i>'''] Photos, specs, and brief history in French.+
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