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Staff sergeantJacques Dumas (with pipe, KIA June 15, 1940) poses with his crew in front of their Char B1 heavy tank, originally conceived as a self-propelled gun with a 75 mm howitzer in the hull. Among the most powerfull tanks of its day, the Char1 was very effective in battle with German armor in 1940 but slow speed and high fuel consumption made it ill-adapted to the war of movement then being fought. Some Char1s captured by the Germans were used as mechanized artillery.

WWII --- French tank crew stand behind their Char heavy tank (France -

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Germans posing with a knocked out Char B, France

French Char B1 bis on display at the Musée des Blindés in France. On May 16, 1940, a single Char B1 called "Eure" led by Captain Pierre Billotte engaged and destroyed thirteen German Panzer III and Panzer IV tanks,  despite being hit by its attackers one hundred forty times.

Char at Saumur Tank Museum

French Char B1 bis heavy tank

[Photo] French Char B1 bis heavy tank, date unknown

[Photo] French Char bis heavy tank, date unknown

Tiger I having turret fitted  #worldwar2 #tanks

Tiger I having turret fitted

1940 Francia SdKfz 10_4 mit FLAK 30 7. Panzer-Division - Andrzej Deredos - box art Italeri

1940 Francia SdKfz 10_4 mit FLAK 30 7. Panzer-Division - Andrzej Deredos - box art Italeri

British, French and Polish soldiers in Narvik, Norway 1940

British, French and Polish soldiers in Narvik, Norway 1940

French soldiers read a newspaper in the trenches during World War II.

French soldiers read a newspaper in the trenches during World War II.

Char B1, Among the most powerfully armed and armored tanks of its day, the type was very effective in direct confrontations with German armor in 1940 during the Battle of France, but slow speed and high fuel consumption made it ill-adapted to the war of movement then being fought. After the defeat of France captured Char B1  would be used by Germany, with some rebuilt as flamethrowers or mechanized artillery.

Renault Char in "Hitler's Bodyguard"

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