Char léger d'accompagnement FCM.36

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General info

The FCM.36 in the garage.

The Char léger d'accompagnement FCM.36 (Light support tank FCM.36) is a Rank I French light tank with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance". Bearing the awful SA18 L/21 cannon as main armament with 40 mm of armour all around and bad mobility, this tank resembles the H.35 in many ways.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Generally speaking, the main reason you'd play the FCM.36 is so it can unlock better vehicles like the AMR.35 ZT3 to have better firepower at the rank. However, the FCM.36 does have good sloped armour for the rank to be a tad useful during long range engagements, but the underperforming gun makes the FCM.36 act more like a shield rather than a spear.

Vehicle characteristics

Compared to the reserve H.35, the FCM.36 features a design with "better" armour and a more powerful engine, bringing the power ratio to a more manegeable 12.4 HP/ton. The only downside from the H.35 is that it kept the underperforming SA18 L/21 canon.

Mobility (?):

With wider tracks than the H.35, this tank feels faster than other BR 1.0 French tanks. It turns quite smoothly and reaches its top speed fairly easily on road.

Firepower (?):

Keeping the awful SA18 L/21 canon as main armament, this gun is what makes an otherwise good tank so bad as it is. As the Devblog claims: "Wait Until You See The Whites of Their Eyes!", you will have to get up close and personal with this tank in order to score a kill. With -17° of gun depression, this is actually a depressing gun.

Armour (!):

40 mm all around is enough to survive incoming rounds at long distances (~ 500+ m) but its bad angling makes it unreliable at close range, whereas your gun enters its actual combat ranges.

Tactics

Bullet magnet:

Sit down in an open field, angle yourself and stay at a good distance (500+ m) from any threat. Watch enemy shells ricochet of your armour, spot enemies for the team. Whenever a potent gun comes your way, flee and hope not to get shot at. Blind such big guns with your good MAC 31 coaxial machine gun and attempt a few shots on the move (big guns generally means poor armour at this BR).

"Brawler":

Never engage an enemy upfront: assist your allies in flanking manœuvres and don't bother stealing a kill since it's all you can get with such a poor cannon. Feel free to turn you back anytime and flee when allies are lacking, go find friends and act as a bullet magnet for them as they attempt to flank enemies.

Specific enemies worth noting

Since your gun is so bad that any foe you encounter poses a threat, here is some soft targets that may get you a few easy kills.

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USA
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Germany
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USSR
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Britain
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Japan
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Italy
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France
LVT(A)(1)
M13 MGC
M3 GMC
Pz.35(t)
Pz.38(t) A
Panzerjäger I
Flakpanzer I
Flakpanzer 38(t) Gepard
Pz.III B
BT-5
BT-7
T-26
T-26-4
SU-5-1
4M GAZ-AAA
DShK GAZ AAA
Tetrarch Mk I
Daimler AC Mk.II
Type 94
Ta-Se
No Italian tank at this BR (As of update 1.79) AMC.34 YR
AMC.35 (ACG.1)
AMR.35 ZT3
P4T AA

Counter-tactics

Ideally, you'll just flank this tank and hit it from the sides. Failing that, aim for the right side of the gun mantlet: it's only 25mm. Most reserve tanks should have no issue punching through that at any reasonable range. A slight angling can deflect any of its shots since APCR is very bad at penetrating angled surfaces.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Decent frontal armour with good sloping
  • Relatively small
  • -17° of depression
  • 40 mm all-around
  • Primitive "LOCK" stabiliser makes stop-and-shoot tactic easier.

Cons:

  • Very bad penetration
  • As the same gun as the H.35 (worst main armament in War Thunder)
  • Puny 102 HP engine
  • Max speed is 24 km/h
  • Cannot angle properly without exposing a flat surface (driver's port)
  • Only 2 crew members are cramped and lined-up makes one-shot easy
  • Bad reverse speed : -3 km/h

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 37 mm SA18 L/21 cannon (76 rounds)
1 x 7,5 mm MAC 31 machine gun (2,400 rounds)

Main armament

1 x 37 mm SA18 L/21 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 76 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -13°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 9.3°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 3.1s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 37 mm SA18 L/21 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 76 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -13°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 9.3°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 3.1s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 37 mm SA18 L/21 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 76 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -13°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 9.3°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 3.1s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay in m: Fuse sensitivity in mm: Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30° from horizontal: Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
Mle1937 36 33 24 16 8 5 APCR 600 0.5 N/A N/A N/A ° 24° 20° 18°
Mle1892 28 26 19 13 9 5 APHE 388 0.5 1.2 25 15 ° 43° 30° 25°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the FCM.36.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
102 43 (+59) (+101) Turret empty:  () Yes

Secondary armament

7,5 mm MAC 31 machine gun (coaxial)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Driver

Total: 2 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Cast homogeneous armour
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 40 mm (24-37°) Front plate
40 mm (70°) Front glacis
40 mm (26°) Lower glacis
8-20 mm (44°) Top left
20 (8°) + 20 mm (40-44°) Bottom left
8-20 mm (46°) Top right
20 (9°) + 20 mm (42-46°) Bottom right
20 mm (50-65°) Top
8 mm (65°) Engine grille
20 mm (30-65°) Bottom
15 mm
Turret 40 mm (24-70°) Turret front
45 mm (33°) Left side
20 mm (4-45°) Gun mantlet
40 mm (18°) Cupola
40 mm (12-28°) 40 mm (37°) 15 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 20 mm thick while tracks are all 30 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 12.4 ton

Max Speed: 26.6 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 163 hp @ 1550 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 13.14 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 1550 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 12.4 ton

Max Speed: 24 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 93 hp @ 1550 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 7.50 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 1550 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 12.4 ton

Max Speed: 24 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 93 hp @ 1550 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 7.50 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 1550 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the _____ from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] FCM 36 - Wait Until You See The Whites of Their Eyes!

References

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Icon-country-fra.png FCM.36
Nation France
Type Light tank
Rank 1
Battle Rating 1.0

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
12,400 kg
27,337 lb
Number of Crew 2
Hull armour thickness
40/20/20/15 mm
1.57/0.79/0.79/0.59 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
163 hp
93 hp
93 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
__ hp
105 hp
105 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
13.14
13.36
7.50
7.62
7.50
7.62
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
__.__
__.__
8.47
8.60
8.47
8.60
Max speed
26.6 km/h
16.6 mph
24.0 km/h
14.9 mph
24.0 km/h
14.9 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 37 mm SA18 Cannon
Ammo stowage 102 rounds
Vertical guidance -17°/20°
Secondary Weapon
1 x 7.5 mm MAC 31 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 3,000 rounds
Mount Coaxial
Economy
Required RP 2,900 RP
Vehicle cost 700 SL
Crew training cost 200 SL
Max repair cost*
100 SL
160 SL
150 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
10m
21m
21m
Free repair time (Upgraded)
_m
_m
_m
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