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Charron, Girardot & Voigt Model 1906 Armored Car


Country of Origin/Used by: France and Russia
First Produced/Service Dates: 1906
Manufactured by: Societe' Charron, Girardot et. Voigt (Later: Automobiles Charron, Ltd.)
Crew: 4
Armament: Turret: (1) 8mm Hotchkiss Machine Gun
Engine: 4 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info:

Based upon his experience in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905, this vehicle was designed by Cossack Capt. M.A. Nakashidze.  Although the Russians were impressed by the design, they did not build it.  Instead they requested that the French firm Charron, Girardot et. Voigt (CGV) develop the vehicle.  CGV was most likely chosen due to their experience building the CGV Model 1902 Armored Car.

Also referred to as the "Nakashidze-Charron" Armored Car, it is considered to be one of the first modern armored car designs.  It features full body armor, revolving turret, self-sealing disc wheels and unditching/bridging troughs.  Approximately sixteen (16) vehicles were eventually built throughout the early part of the 20th century, with small improvements being made along its production run. Most of the vehicles were bought by Russia, with a few built later for France, which served in the early days of World War One.  However, the most interesting service history of the CGV is by Germany; who commandeered two vehicles being delivered to Russia.  These vehicles were evaluated and used during the German Army maneuvers of 1909, but no further service is recorded.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
CGV Model 1906 Armored Car Photos Dave Haugh - Content Editor
  "New Armored War Automobiles" (March 17, 1906 issue of Scientific American Magazine) Scientific American Magazine

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
CGV Model 1906 Armored Car Information & Photos Landships II Website
CGV Model 1906 Armored Car Information & Photos Tanks Encyclopedia.Com


Reference Author
A Photo History of Armored Cars In Two World Wars George Forty 
Early Armoured Cars (Shire Album #209) E. Bartholomew
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
"French Armored Cars: 1902-1945" (Armored Car Journal #22) Raymond Surlemont
Russian Armoured Cars: To 1945 (AFV Weapons Profile #60) John Milsom

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Charron CGV Armored Car Model Kit (JT3501) JMGT/Socrate Models 1/35 Resin; Out of Production
Charron, Girardot et Voigt Automobile de Guerre Model Kit (R72069) RetroKit 1/72 Resin.
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information

Model Photos

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