French Tanks of World War I by Steven J. ZalogaThis title examines the emergence of the first modern tank, the Renault FT. It is a little known fact that France fielded more tanks in World War I than any other army. However, Frances early tanks suffered from poor mobility and armor compared to their contemporaries. Indeed, their initial use on the Chemin des Dames in 1917 was a bloody fiasco. In spite of initial set-backs, the French army redeemed its reputation with the Renault FT.
The Renault FT pioneered the modern tank design, with armament in a revolutionary central turret and the engine in the rear. More importantly, the Renault was designed to be cheap and easy to manufacture. Discover the history of the early French armor developments and their triumphant new design, the Renault FT, that helped to turn the tide of war in the favor of the Allies.
This article deals with the history and development of tanks employed by the military of France from their first use in World War I , the interwar period, during World War II , the Cold War and modern era. French development into tanks began during World War I as an effort to overcome the stalemate of trench warfare , and largely at the initiative of the manufacturers. The Schneider CA1 was the first tank produced by France, and units were built. The French also experimented with various tank designs, such as the Frot-Laffly landship , Boirault machine and Souain experiment. Another Saint-Chamond tanks were manufactured from April to July , however these tanks were largely underpowered and of limited utility due to the design of the caterpillar tracks, which were too short in comparison with the tank's length and weight. While the British began the design and use of tanks in World War I, France at the same time developed its own tracked AFVs, but the situation there was very different.
French tanks were the first tanks in World of Tanks years ago to have auto-loaders. They are however still king when it comes to large magazine sizes and burst damage.
The French tanks available in the game are divided into low-tier pre-war vehicles, and wartime vehicles of high tiers. The former are similar to the vehicles of the other nations, whereas the latter have their own, unique playing style. The French heavy tanks are very poorly armored and they are equipped with accurate cannons of very high penetration value. Stating with tier VIII, i. Mostly, they are support tanks, very weak while in a lone hunting for the enemy, but they are perfect as vehicles of the second line. They require a good knowledge of the map on which you are going to play, because the low elevation arc makes it very difficult to fire an effective shot.
French tanks vary wildly between the tiers, due to the paradigm changes in historical doctrines around WWII. However, their core philosophy is geared around offensive action. At lower tiers, they accomplish this with trench-assault tanks with great armor, but are as slow as foot infantry and have mediocre anti-tank penetration power. At higher tiers, they are mobile and armed with great guns; but as very theoretical tanks developed in an era where HEAT made armour less useful, they sacrifice their armor in order to achieve that performance. Most mid or above tier French tanks have an autoloader with a drum magazine, which allow for several shots in a short period of time.