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WW2 French Tanks

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 5/23/2014

The French were not done in by the quality of tanks fielded during World War 2 - but by their management of armored forces during the German invasion of 1940.

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There are a total of 15 WW2 French Tanks in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1938
AMC-35 (Automitrailleuse de Combat Renault modele 1935) / Renault ACG-1
The AMC-35 (or "Automitrailleuse de Combat Renault modele 1935") served the French and Belgian armies in the early stages of ...
Thumbnail picture of the AMC-35 (Automitrailleuse de Combat Renault modele 1935) / Renault ACG-1

1941
Cruiser Tank Mk VI Crusader
The Crusader series of British cruiser tanks was an important contributor to the early war years, particularly in North Afric...
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1938
FCM 36 (Char leger Modele 1936 FCM)
The FCM 36 was one of three primary tank designs adopted by the French Army during the mid-1930s, prior to its formal commitm...
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1921
FCM Char 2C
The Char 2C was being planned and designed in the final year of the First World War. The system would become the largest tank...
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1940
FCM F1
The heavy tank existed as a category of armored warfare from the closing days of World War 1 (1914-1918) to the end days of W...
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1936
Hotchkiss H35
Like other powers of the 1930s sensing future regional unrest across Europe, the French enacted a modernization program of th...
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1939
Hotchkiss H39
The Hotchkiss H39 superseded the H35 series light tanks in French Army service, being produced in more numbers than her forer...
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1944
M24 Chaffee (Light Tank, M24)
The Light Tank, M24 "Chaffee" was the chosen successor to the M5 "Stuart" light tank line which began with the pre-war M3 Stu...
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1941
M3 Stuart (Light Tank, M3)
The M3 "Stuart" Light Tank became the primary light tank vehicle for the United States Army heading into World War 2 (1939-19...
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1942
M4 Sherman (Medium Tank, M4)
The M4 Sherman series of medium tanks proved an invaluable asset to Allied operations North Africa, Europe and the Pacific th...
Thumbnail picture of the M4 Sherman (Medium Tank, M4)

1931
Renault Char D1
The Renault Char D1 served the French Army for a time leading up to World War 2. Her origins and use lay in a World War 1 men...
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1936
Renault R35 (Char leger Modele 1935 R)
The Renault R35 was a French light tank development of the pre-World War 2 period and followed general French tank design mea...
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1943
SdKfz 171 Panzerkampfwagen V Panther (PzKpfW V) / Panzer 5
Though initially mechanically unreliable at her inception, the Panther medium tank of the German Army went on to become one o...
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1936
SOMUA S35
In 1934, the French Army issued a new requirement for a cavalry tank in an attempt to modernized its inventory amidst growing...
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