French Tank Classification

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French Tank Classification

Post by Lohengram » 27 May 2020 07:26

Hello Everyone,

I am hoping someone with a bit more knowledge and ability in the France language could help me sort out the French tanks of the interwar and WWII period into their correct French categories. I know the french had Char Léger d’Infanterie, Automitrailleuses de Reconnaissance, etc. But, I am not sure which tank goes into which category or how the french system exactly worked. I sometimes for example see the S 35 classified as a Char Moyen or a Char de Cavalerie. Which is correct and what other tanks belong to these and other categories? If someone can point out a resource, thread, or simply reply with the correct categories with the tanks in them I would be very thankful. If possible I am also wondering about prototypes such as AMX 40 or the Char G1 where they would be placed within the French system.

Cheers!

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Re: French Tank Classification

Post by Loïc » 04 Jun 2020 19:47

hello

something like

Chars légers
Renault FT
H 35
H 39
R 35
R 40
FCM 36

Chars de bataille
D1
D2
B1 bis
probably taking place here the five several - 26 to 37,5 t. - G1 types

Chars lourds
FCM 2C

given the dualism within the French Army until 1942 about the Armored Force divided between Tanks attached to the Infantry Arm and the Cavalry, it existed also
Char de Cavalerie
SOMUA S 35
and probably also for this one
http://chars-francais.net/2015/index.ph ... yen-amx-40

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Re: French Tank Classification

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 06 Jun 2020 03:15

Lohengram wrote:
27 May 2020 07:26
... I am also wondering about prototypes such as AMX 40 or the Char G1 where they would be placed within the French system. ...
My first thought is the G1 as specified in pre protoype proposals, or as it might have been developed would have been a battle tank like the D or B series. However we can't say for certain where French doctrine might have led in 1941-42. So, the classification system may have been altered.

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Re: French Tank Classification

Post by Lohengram » 16 Jun 2020 05:43

I was thinking something along these lines what do people think?

Automitrailleuses de Cavalerie
AMC 34
AMC 35

Automitrailleuses de Reconnaissance
AMR 35
AMR 35 ZT-1
AMR 35 ZT-2
AMR 35 ZT-3

Char Léger d’Infanterie
AMX 38
AMX 40
Char D1
FCM 36
Renault FT Modifié 31
Renault NC
Renault R35
Renault R40

Char Leger d’Cavalerie
Hotchkiss H35
Hotchkiss H35 Modifié 38
Hotchkiss H35 Modifié 39
SARL 42
SOMUA S35
SOMUA S40

Char de Bataille
ARL 44
BDR G1B
Char B1
Char B1 Bis
Char B1 Ter
Char D2
Char D2 Bis
FCM 50t
Renault G1R

Char de Rupture
Char 2C
Char 2C Modifié
FCM F1

Chasseur de Chars
AMX Chasseur de Char
Chasseur de Char Lorraine
Renault FT AC (25mm)
Renault FT AC (47mm)

Canon Automoteur
AMX Automoteurs Antichars
ARL V 39
SOMUA SAu 40

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