French ground vehicles

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French tanks were among the most advanced in the interwar period, as France was one of the first to mass produce and sell tanks all over the world such as the famous Renault FT and the Renault Chenillette UE, both used in earlier days of WW2 all over the globe. But all of this glory shattered with the fall of France during WW2, with Germany taking over the larger part of industrialized zones. French tank industry is barely existent as the war unfolds, which forced the Armée de terre ("Land army") to rely on American vehicles for the larger part of the war. This part of history is well represented in game as half of Rank 2-3 French vehicles are American. The tech tree for the French vehicles was added to the game in Update 1.75 "La Résistance".

Class specific

France Light Tanks tend to have cast and thick hull, average mobility and a subpar gun at rank 1. These characteristics would make them more suitable as medium tanks. At rank 2, the AMC.35 (ACG.1) begins to feel like a light tank while remaining quite slow. Fortunately, everything changes at the third rank with the introduction of the iconic AMX-13 chassis, which is the mainstay of French light tanks up towards rank VI. This light chassis allows its user to zip through the battlefield at very decent speeds while its powerful main armament will easily be able to engage most threats as it is fitted with an autoloader on an oscillating turret. Most iteration of the AMX-13 are a foe to be reckoned with as they can fire twice as fast as their foes. Later vehicles of this series are fitted with ATMGs, for increased long-range capability.

France Medium Tanks begin with the best interwar tank this nation had: the S.35. The American Sherman tanks are then used in order to compensate for the defunct French tank industry after France's capitulation during WW2. After the war, French engineers came back to work, bringing a whole line of well-rounded vehicles: decent (but subpar) armour, while being quite fast and having powerful guns outfitted 6 to 9 shots autoloaders os an oscillating turret. Later French medium tanks fall into the MBT era with the introduction of the AMX-30.

France Heavy Tanks line is a very diverse one as every tank is radically different from its predecessor. The first dedicated heavy tank being the B1 bis/ter, true behemoths at BR 2.3, which, played rightly, should feel like a true mobile bunkers. The comes the first variant of the ARL 44, with average armour and a good gun. The third heavy tank is the heaviest iteration of the iconic American Sherman. The heavy tank vanishes at rank IV to come back at rank V with the AMX-50 Surbaissé, a thinly armoured beast but a deadly one. French heavies trade off speed and a tad bit of firepower from their medium counterparts in order to bring more armour to the front lines.

France Tank Destroyers also got some peculiarities. While half of them are relatively light and fast casemate/open topped guns, two of them shine for their heavy armour: the ARL-44 and the AMX 50 Foch. While most French TDs behave like other casemate guns, these two offer enough protection to be taken out to the frontlines and used as breakthrough tanks. Planes are the biggest threat for all tanks of this series as none of them can provide decent AA firepower on their own.

France Anti-Aircraft Vehicles of later ranks are barely AA turrets stitched onto a versatile chassis, which makes for efficient anti-air support. The fun with French AA vehicles lies with the two first of their kind. The P7T AA and GMC CCKW-353 offer little survivability, poor mobility and average AA. Their main interest lying in their antitank capability. These features makes for unique gameplay experience as you try to hide from everything and only engage aircrafts coming towards you.


France Ground Vehicle Matrix

Rank France Light Tanks France Medium Tanks France Heavy Tanks France Tank Destroyers France Anti-Aircraft Vehicles
Rang1.png AMC.34 YR
H.35
H.39
FCM.36
H.39 Cambronne 
R.39
 
AMR.35 ZT3
P.7.T AA
Rang2.png AMC.35 (ACG.1)
S.35
Nation-fr.png M4A1 Sherman
 
 
Char de bataille B1 bis
Char de bataille B1 ter 
Nation-fr.png M10 GMC
SAu 40
Rang3.png AMX-13 (FL11)
Nation-fr.png M4A1 (FL10) Sherman 
Nation-fr.png M4A4 (SA50) Sherman
 
 
ARL-44 (ACL-1)
Nation-fr.png M4A3E2 Jumbo
ARL-44
Lorraine 155 Mle.50 
CCKW 353 AA
Rang4.png AMX-13
Char 25t
AMX-13 (SS.11) 
AMX M4
AMX-50
Lorraine 40t
 
 
100 mm CA Lorraine
AMX-13 DCA 40
Rang5.png AMX-13-90 AMX-30 (1972)
AMX-30 
 
 
AMX-50 Surbaissé
AMX-50 Foch
AMX-30 DCA
Rang6.png AMX-13 (HOT) AMX-30B2
AMX-30B2 BRENUS
AMX-40