HeLmUt_KlAmKematildas, mark 4 ,stuarts, mark V-VI light tanks, Mark IIa etc.
Yup, no Stuarts though. They used the A9, A10 and A13, though a reskinned Crusader with a 2 pounder gun would be a good placefiller for these.
I would like to see a French Resistance map or two.
MeadowYup, no Stuarts though. They used the A9, A10 and A13, though a reskinned Crusader with a 2 pounder gun would be a good placefiller for these.
Didn't they also have the S-35 at that time? And enough with the French bashing here, I don't want to see any more in this thread.
Try playing world war 2 online if you want what youre looking for, until .7 comes out. Lots of french stuff in that game.
some of you guys should read more historical book before speaking of the french army an coward ...... do you think that an army that looses so m any man in 2 month is an army of coward .... some of you should realy interest themself in history more than anti-french untrue things :/
please dont give us the sucking RTR french voices they suck so much if you want some help to search some good french voices i can h elp but please not t he RTR ridiculous voice
i was just reading wwiivehicles.com and they said that the BEF in belgium and France only possessed 2 matilda II tanks, but these were both involved in the famous british counter attack at Arras that very nearly broke through the reletively thin german flank. Had it not been for the 88mm FlaK abeiltung that was being moved up that day 1940 could of ended very differentely.
The French lost because all her industries are in the North East of France - the first to be attacked and the first to fall...
If Stalin hadn't moved his industries eastwards the same would have happened to him
Formerly HumanTry playing world war 2 online if you want what youre looking for, until .7 comes out. Lots of french stuff in that game.
Used to play that, loved the teamwork (didn't live long without it), but just don't have the time to play it anymore. Now that I know the French are coming eventually, I can wait :D
Yes, in the French maps we should have these two battles: Stonne and Arras. The French armour fought at Stonne, the British armour at Arras.
This time the Allies will have the toughest tanks, the Char B1 and the Matilda II. These should be tough for any German tank, except a Pz.IV, to take out, especially from the front. However they are very slow - 17 mph for the Char B1 and only 15 mph for the Matilda II.
For Stonne, the map should be quite large, so the fast Pz.II's and Pz.38(t)'s can have a chance to use their speed to outflank and avoid the Char B1's and attack the French rear areas. The Germans should also have at least one Stuka to help take out the Char B1's, maybe even two. Since the Germans obviously won't have Panzerfausts, and they should not even have the Satchel Charge - only the AT Rifle - so it'll be very hard for their infantry to take out the heavily armoured French tanks by themselves.
(The French infantry will be in the same position - only fixed artillery and AT rifles for them.)
Some interesting events during the Battle of Stonne:
The “amok run” of Capitaine Billotte
On 7am May 16, 1940, two French tank battalions attacked Stonne. During the French Campaign, the battle for Stonne was a rather fierce one, between May 15 and May 17 the possession of the village changed 17 times! Stonne was also called the “Verdun of 1940”.
In this morning’s attack, only one Char B, led by the leader of the 1st Company / Tank Btn. 41, Capitaine Pierre Billotte, managed to reach Stonne from the west. Along both sides of the main street of Stonne, a German tank column of the 8th Tank Regiment opened fire on Billotte. Anyway: Billotte drove right through the German tank column, shooting at the German tanks at point blank with his 45mm and 75mm tank guns. He drove straight through Stonne along the main street, leaving Stonne on the eastern end, driving back to his lines.
In this “amok run”, Billotte’s Char B “Eure” No. 337 destroyed the ENTIRE German tank column, consisting of 13 German tanks, at least two of them were Pz. IV’s (I have a photo), the rest Panzer III and II’s. Along the way he also destroyed two German AT-guns.
Later, 140 German hits were counted on “Eure”, none penetrated.
Billotte became Grand Officier de la Légion d'Honneur.
The butcher of Stonne (Le boucher de Stonne)
One day later, on May 17, 1940 the Char B „Riquewhir“ of Tank Btln. 49, led by Lieutenant Doumecq, attacked Stonne at 5pm. Approximately 800 meters northwest of Stonne, a group of German infantrymen opened fire on Doumecq’s tank from cover. Big mistake! Doumecq rolled over the entire platoon. After that he entered Stonne, firing all guns. The German soldiers of Infantry regiment 64 saw this tank, firing, with blood-stained tracks, and with the fresh remembrance of Billotte’s amok run the day before, they withdrew in panic!
Now who says the French can't fight?
Spike1 These should be tough for any German tank, except a Pz.IV, to take out, especially from the front.
Actually, any German tank of that period needed extreme luck and point-blank range to kill a Char or Matty from any angle, the few PzIIIG's present probably had the best chance, due to their 50mm gun. Any map with French heavy tanks will need Stukas and/or 88's to give the Germans a chance.