Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tanker's Tuesday: Char B1/B1 bis


A long lasting project

The Char de bataille was Col. Estienne’s concept. The French “father of tanks” wrote a memorandum (Mémoire sur les missions des chars blindés en campagne) in 1919, full of war experience, tactical reports and theoretical concepts of mechanized warfare, notably the proper use of different types in the offensive. The “char de bataille” (“battle tank”) was a heavy tank, near to the “char de rupture” or “breakthrough tank”, but the former was more a dual-purpose (infantry support and antitank) machine than the “char de rupture”. The latter concept gave birth to huge the FMC F1, with the sole purpose of terminating fortifications.


1 comment:

Tim Gow said...

A splendid piece of kit. There's also a nice example in Paris - unless this bloke managed to hot-wire it: http://megablitzandmore.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/paris-pics-part-deux.html