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SOMUA S35

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SOMUA S35
Function Cavalry Tank
Crew 3
Weight 19.5 tonnes
Height 2.62m
road speed 40.7 km/h
Engine SOMUA V-8 petrol
Power 9.7 hp/t
Range off-road ~130 km, road ~230 km
Primary Armament 47 mm SA 35 gun
Secondary Armament 7.5 mm Mitrailleuse mle 1931


The SOMUA S35 was a French cavalry tank belonging to the French Army. For a piece of French equipment this was surprisingly superior in armour and armament to both its French and foreign competitors, like the contemporary versions of the German Panzerkampfwagen III. It was, like all WWII French tanks, hampered by having a one man turret. The upshot of this was that, assuming he wanted to fight, the poor bastard in the turret had to aim and load the main and secondary armament, acquire new targets, give commands to the rest of the crew and, possibly, command the rest of his unit too. The pre-war French Army placed a premium on multi-tasking.

Sadly the French High Command didn't utilize the full potential tank to its in the Battle of France; leading to many casualties that could've been avoided.

After the Battle of France the captured example were fitted the tank with radio sets, being used 'em for guarding airfields against partisan attacks or were sent to the Eastern front. The Italians were sent a few as reserves.

In conclusion for a tank thats sounds disturbingly similar to a brand of posh Spanish ice cream bought at a National Trust place, it was a decent tank for the period, hindered by a lack of command.