Evaluation of Somua 35

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Re: Evaluation of Somua 35

Post by Somua2 » 02 Jul 2008 01:07

It is extra hard to get a sense of the combat value of the S-35 because of its short time of use during operation Yellow and the disadvantage of French doctrine. The German did have these tanks in their possession for a long time and used them in France and I think Finnland. Does anyone have an idea how well this tank performed under German control?

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Re: Evaluation of Somua 35

Post by Bernaschek » 21 Jan 2012 19:22

the Somuas and also the light French tanks; I remember more Renaults than Hotchkiss on the fotos - were also widely used by the Germans in anti-partisan warfare in the Balkans.
This would speak at least for mechanical reliability; there are quite a few to be seen in the "Pictures from Yougoslavia" thread, like here in the middle http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... &start=240

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Re: Evaluation of Somua 35

Post by phylo_roadking » 25 Jan 2012 00:09

This would speak at least for mechanical reliability
Not necessarily; it MIGHT for instance speak volumes about the amount of on-the-shelf spares the Germans ALSO took possession of in June 1940! :wink:
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Re: Evaluation of Somua 35

Post by Delwin » 29 Aug 2020 19:48

Question (8 years already :-): was also ARL2C turret bigger (wider) following the changes in the hull of the S40 (as indicated 33 cm more)? If so, it suggests (?) that S40 might finally get second crewman in the turret...

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