The Renault truck with cab over engine replaced the bonneted cab truck

The Renault truck with cab over engine replaced the bonneted cab truck

In the 1930s, Renault devoted around 60% of its total production to trucks. Numerous models were designed and offered to the army, to whom Renault was a main supplier.

Army motorisation was not well anticipated and the lack of military utility vehicles was cruelly felt in the run-up to the Second World War . In particular, versatile trucks were required for all-purpose transport (TTN), adaptable to whatever they were transporting: horses, equipment, men etc.


Renault AGK 1 truck with tarpaulin for the air force photographed on 10 October 1939

Renault offered the AGK 1 with a payload of 5000 kg, which could be general purpose with tarpaulin, all-purpose (TTN) or panelled, offering a forward control cab. Initially unsure of this concept, chiefs of staff ended by being convinced of its worth: smaller turning radius, more comfortable to drive, reduced overall length, larger platform. Orders increased progressively: 260 vehicles for the land army and 180 for the air force in 1939. By the end of April 1940, 600 vehicles had been released.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION…

Book : Tous les Renault militaires 1914-1940, collection Vauvillier, histoire et collections (All the Renault military vehicles 1914-1940), 2018.

Video : (11e mn04) "Vehicle handover to a Train unit", Journal de guerre N°23, Semaine du 10 mars 1940 (War journal no. 23, Week commencing 10 March 1940). ECPAD : http://archives.ecpad.fr/journal-de-guerre-23-semaine-du-10-mars-1940/